All the cricket fans were very eagerly looking for 2011 world cup. offcourse odi world cup is the biggest event conduted in cricket and its prety obvious that everybody wants their own nation to lift the cup and become world champions but which are all the teams who were real favourites to become world champions?
While we are talking about the favourites to win 2011 world cup the first team that comes to mind is india. After winning the inaugral t20 world cup under mahendra singh dhoni, indian cricket team developed over the years to graet extent. they have now became a most powerful side from a descent side. For the last three years so much happened with indian cricket.experienced players like sachin,shewag,yuvraj,dhoni,zaheer,harbajan,gambir performing consistently and wining matches for them in all formats of the game.
On the other hand team india saw a group new generation cricketers performing under pressure and winning the match for them.players like virat kholli,suresh raina,Praveen kumar has become integral part of the team with their splendid match winning performances in last two years.players like yusuf pathan,nehra,munaf were found themselves in good form and performed well.after all this might well be sachin’s last world cup who is arguably best batsman in the world.so sachin will be very eager to win world cup for india which is the only thing he has’nt done before.beating this particular Indian team in subcontinent is the biggest challenge for any team in this world cup.
Next comes the south africans. they are offen called chokers. they look like a very good side but they play very ordinarily in all icc tournament. Their highest achievement so far in world cup is semi final in 1999 which they lost narrowly to Australia.south africa have in form players like kallis,amla,smith,ab deviiliers,styen.these players have exposure in the subcontinent pitches and performed exceedingly well.players like dumminy,morne morkel ,botha should perform well in sub continent. Apart from india biggedt problem for south Africa is breaking the jinx and winning the cup. Which will be south africas first ever victory in an major icc tournament.cosidering the fact that they are the no1 ramked team in world they have a good chance.
England found themselves very happy for they are now the reason is one half year before nobody would have imagined that England will be one of the favourite for world cup which takes place in inda.england were also similar to south Africa they didn’t win any major icc tournament brfore last years t20wc.england last won t20 wrold cup and break the jinx. They played well as a unit and now they are in good shape and form.their major success includes winning Australia in Australia and south Africa etc. england were now a new looking side which have high success rate.under strauss captaincy players like Peterson,trot,bell,Anderson.broad,swann,bresenen help their team to reach new height winning major countries in past one year and win ashes victory in Australia will make England more confident ahead of world cup.
Sri lanka is one the very dangerous side in sub continent apart from the fact that they have always performed well in major tournaments.sri lanka have played many matches with india in last two years and been very impressive despite india winning many encounters comparatively.srilankans always been very competitive. This is the last world cup for murali who have been a match winners for srilanka for many years.apart from him jayawardane,sangakara,dilshan would be very keen to perform well as they are , for the past few years. All rounder Mathews,spear head malinga were in good form and they will play a crucial role in teams victory.its very hard to beat srilanka in subcontinent not just for teams from away but even for india.sri lanka is very good fielding unit and very dangerous side to compete in sub continent.im sure that nobody takes srilanka lightly.
Last but not least three time world champions Australia. Austrlia is now going through a tough phase.they cant achieve any thing big in recent times.many feels that australia’s dominance is over in world cricket. Few cricket expert dose’nt even consider Australia among favourites for this world cup.australia still dosent have a settled line up after player like mcgrath,warne,gillchrist retired.they are struggling to find correct replacement for them.apart from this players like Watson,hussy,hadin were in good from and they have exposure in subcontinent as well.this