World Cup 2019: Brendon McCullum makes match-by-match prediction. Mark Waugh disagrees about India chances

first_imgWhile every other former cricketer picked their favourites for the World Cup 2019, former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum took out time to give a detailed, match-by-match prediction for all the 10 teams in the tournament.The New Zealand power-hitter, who guided his team to the 2015 World Cup final, believes England and India will carve out their ways to semi-final easily with 8 wins each, while Australia will join the two with 6 wins.McCullum predicted the race for the last knockout spot will be between New Zealand, West Indies, South Africa and Pakistan but wished for his home country to be favoured by luck.Former Australian player Mark Waugh looked impressed with McCullum’s analysis but disagreed with him on India’s chances of making to the last four.Mark Waugh felt India will struggle to qualify for the semi-finals based on the team’s weak middle order and over dependency on skipper Virat Kohli and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah.While many Indian fans might not be happy with Waugh’s predictions but the Aussies’ worry regarding India’s middle-order stands true, given that the Indian side had not discovered their No. 4 batsman until their warm-up match against Bangladesh.Good summary. IMO I think England and Aust certain semi finalists. India not so sure but probably sneak in.Preparation a little suspect and batting lineup uncertain in the middle order. Big reliance on Kohli and Bumrah. NZ slightly ahead of WI and Sth Africa for 4th.Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) May 31, 2019India have gone through a dozen or so players in their search for an ideal No. 4 batsman since the 2015 World Cup, but their search looked to come to an end only when KL Rahul, playing at No. 4 position, fired 108 runs with bat in the recent World Cup 2019 warm-up game against Bangladesh.advertisementIt will be interesting to see, if India continue to bat Rahul at the same spot when they begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5.Also Read | World Cup 2019: I am a fast bowler, not medium pacer, says annoyed RussellAlso Read | World Cup 2019: IPL stint was important for returning Smith and Warner, says FinchAlso Seelast_img

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