By Vishesh RoyNew Delhi [India], May 24 (ANI): Cricket World Cup referred to as "Olympics of Cricket" is all set to begin from May 30. There has been a significant change in the tournament's format this year.
Only the top ten teams will be taking part in this World Cup and they all will play each other in a round-robin format before the semi-finals stage.
So as the tournament dawns upon us, here's a look at the possible best five matches that can take place in this edition. The high voltage matches between India v Pakistan and England v Australia have been left out of this list.
With both these players coming back in the World Cup squad, Australia possesses a great threat to the Men in Blue. The Indian team is a top-order heavy lineup and the Aussies have depth in their bowling to disrupt the Indians strategy. So expect a mouth-watering clash.
In the fourth ODI, England posted 418 runs on the board and Windies almost chased it down, falling just 29 runs short. With Andre Russell and Chris Gayle, Windies have the potential of exploiting England's bowling lineup. So one can expect a run-feast at the Rose Bowl.
One can expect sparks to fly as both these teams have the best bowling lineups in the tournament. Steyn, Rabada are in good form for the Proteas whereas Starc, Cummins are expected to start in the playing XI for Aussies. In the batting-friendly conditions, this match has the potential of being dominated by the bowlers.
Pakistan are coming off a bad run in the ODI format. They recently were beaten 4-0 by England in the five-match series. But the team cannot be taken lightly as they are the winners of the 2017 Champions Trophy. One cannot expect how both Afghanistan and Pakistan are going to perform, so this match has the potential of going down to the wire.
Both these two sides clash with each other on June 30 in the group stage. Many people have already termed these two teams as the finalists of the World Cup. England is currently the number one ranked team in the ODI format whereas India is positioned at number two.
England possibly has the best batting lineup in the tournament with their players like Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Eoin Morgan being in good form. The Men in Blue have a settled lineup and they also have the bowling attack to disrupt England's batting plans. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have the ability to bog down the English batsmen. One can expect a nail-biting thriller when these two teams take on each other.
The much-awaited World Cup is scheduled to take place in the United Kingdom from May 30 to July 14. England will play against South Africa in the curtain-raiser at The Oval in London. (ANI)