The Cricket World Cup 2019 is up on us as 10 of the best Cricketing nations get together once again after 4 years, this time in England, to fight for the most coveted prize in the white ball Cricket, the ultimate prize, the World Cup!
While the English Football fans have had a lot to celebrate this year with 4 Premier League teams contesting in the finals for both the European Cups, the English Cricket fans have themselves got a brilliant summer to look forward to.
Yes, England is the country that gave the world this beautiful game that we call Cricket, but they still haven’t managed to win a 50 over World Cup yet.
However, if the English players ever had the chance to cement their legacy in the history books, by God, this is it!
The Cricket World Cup 2019 promises to be an exciting and particularly thrilling one for the English fans who must be hoping that ‘It’s coming home.’ Why, you ask? Well, here are the few reasons why England should win the World Cup 2019:
BEST BATTING LINEUP
While a few Cricket fans would argue that India have got the best batting lineup, even the great Virat Kohli admits that Cricket World Cup 2019 could see the breach of 500 runs mark for the first time in history with England the most likely time to achieve that feat:
“England want to get to 500 before anyone else.
“They smash it from ball one and for the full 50 overs.
“This lot seem to be obsessed with it.”
Over the last few years, England have been successful in playing a brand of Cricket that is thrilling, exciting and entertaining for the home fans.
Gone are the days when the purpose of the first 15 overs was mere ‘survival’. Now the likes of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow are hell bent to take on the bowlers from the word go.
Bowlers will have to deal with some real firepower in the first 10 overs of the innings during World Cup 2019 🔥 #CricketWorldCup2019 #CWC2019 #JasonRoy #QuintondeKock #ShikharDhawan #RohitSharma #MartinGuptill pic.twitter.com/n2w0JJtRWp
— Rooter App (@RooterSports) May 23, 2019
We’ve seen Eoin Morgan’s boys smashing and scoring more runs in the first 15 overs than we could even manage in 50 overs a decade ago, such has been the brand of Cricket and the ruthlessness of the English Batsmen.
The other advantage of their batting lineup is that they bat deep, probably deeper than any other team in the World.
The likes of Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes form the middle order which is capable to change gears in a heartbeat and score 10-12 runs per over like it’s a piece of cake.
The presence of Jos Buttler, who is probably the best finisher in the world Cricket right now, provides another dimension to the English lineup capable of chasing down any total.
— Rooter App (@RooterSports) May 23, 2019
In fact, the three Lions chased down a total of 358 posted by Pakistan in the 4th ODI on May 14th in less than 45 overs, which tells us how in-form their batsmen are, going into the Cricket World Cup 2019.
The presence of all-rounders like Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer and even Tom Curran only strengthens a batting lineup that is already good enough to blow away the opposition bowlers into oblivion.
BALANCED BOWLING ATTACK
The best decision that England probably took with their team selection for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 was to include Jofra Archer in their squad.
The 24-year-old lanky fast bowler is a brilliant find for the Three Lions capable of generating pace that consistently touches 150KMPH.
Anyone who followed the IPL knows that Archer has got the line, length and variations to cause major damage to any side in the world. Jofra Archer could prove to be the dark horse for the English side if he can continue his recent form.
— Vijayendra Kosigi (@kosigi_vijay11) May 21, 2019
In addition to Jofra, England boasts a bowling lineup that consists of the ever consistent Chris Woakes, the quick and in-form Mark Wood, the tall and experienced Liam Plunkett, all-rounders Ben Stokes and Tom Curran who have got the required variations.
The Spin trio of Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali and Liam Dawson should be good enough to exploit the conditions if there’s any spin on offer.
That bowling lineup combined with the batting lineup (and the presence of quality all-rounders) makes England a balanced side capable of creating history.
Last, but not the least, the home conditions.
Like we said previously, the likes of India might have an equally good batting lineup, but the fact that England are in their home conditions this time round plays a key role in the ICC World Cup 2019.
As we are already aware, the English weather is fickle. The conditions could be heavenly for batting under the sunlight, but the next minute a cloud cover could change that drastically with the ball starting to swing and seam left and right.
That’s why, the fact that England are playing at their home conditions give them an advantage over the other 9 sides in the competitions.
It’s the Cricket World Cup 2019. It’s the biggest event of this sport. The pressure and expectations are next level and you’ve got to have that mental strength to keep your cool.
If England manage to continue the way they have been playing for the past 3-4 years, there’s every chance that we will be watching the Three Lions being crowned the Champions of the World on the 14th of July.
While every team participating in the competitions have got their strengths and weaknesses, England, for the first time, definitely look like the most balanced side on paper. Now, it’s about doing it on the pitch!
Meanwhile, in other news, you can read about why AEW are good enough to take upon the WWE