2011 ICC World Cup champion? Anyone but Australia
The last two ICC World Cups saw the domination of Australian cricket team. That was mainly due to their superior training, best team combination and high performance but with the end last decade, its all diminishing. Australian cricket team is no longer considered the favorites for 2011 ICC World Cup. They got performance problems, injury problems and what not. So calling Australian cricket team favorites for the upcoming 2011 ICC World Cup will be unfair. But on the other side, rests of the teams have grown into a formidable strong ODI teams. While watching the on-going Australia-England one day international series, one can easily judge the high quality of performance shown by the English team. England has got the best team line up. Their recent win of ICC T20 World Cup 2010 has boosted their confidence. So, one will be keeping an eye on the Englishmen.
The scenario is changing in the other teams also. Indian cricket team and South African cricket team have shown excellent performances in the recent past. One will never forget the nail-biting series between these countries which took place recently in South Africa. Everyone knows Indian cricket team has the batting line up and on pitches of sub-continent; they can pile a huge score. Proteas on the other hand have the best in all departments; they got best bowlers, batsmen and fielders. This time they will avail every opportunity to lift the 2011 ICC World Cup trophy.
How can we forget Sri Lankan cricket team when discussing current strong teams? Sri Lankan cricket team under captaincy of Sangakkara have shown great strength. Their high place in ODI rankings is an evidence of their consistent performance. All the major teams discussed? Not at all. Men in Green, Pakistan cricket team and Kiwis are still left. Both the teams have problem of inconsistency. They are known as Unpredictable teams of Cricket but both the teams have right combination. One can expect miracles from these two teams. They have got best all rounders which will prove to be a big advantage in the mega event. So, one should keep an eye on these teams as well.
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 is going to be held in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. The pitches will surely suit Asian teams as they will be having the advantage of spin attack but due to consistent performance by England and South Africa one cannot rule them out. So, it would be a tough call to say who will win the 2011 ICC World Cup. But it will be anyone but Australia.
So lets say our prediction proved right. This time, in 2011, the world cup was won by India. Srilanka and India made it to the final, and India came out the winner.