At a time when several former cricketers and pundits are busy predicting the semi-finalists for the ICC World Cup 2019, former New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Brendon McCullum went a step ahead and predicted the result of almost each and every match of the tournament.
McCullum named hosts England, India and Australia as clear favourites to reach the semi-finals of the mega event. However, he left the fourth spot open for teams with a better net run rate. According to McCullum the fight for the last spot will be between New Zealand, West Indies, South Africa, and Pakistan.
The 37-year-old believes that Afghanistan will win only two matches in their second 50-over World Cup campaign beating Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. According to the wicketkeeper-batsman, the bottom two teams will be Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Here’s a look at McCullum’s prediction:
The former Kiwi skipper’s predictions were backed by Australia’s Mark Waugh:
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) 31 May 2019
McCullum backed favourites England to win 8 matches out of 9 league matches predicting only one loss when they face Australia against whom they lost the warm-up match by 12 runs. As far as Virat Kohli-led India are concerned, he feels only England can beat them. Australia’s three loses will come against West Indies, India and Pakistan.