Who will win the 2011 cricket World Cup?

By Reuters Staff
February 16, 2011

Who will win the 2011 cricket World Cup?Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men will have to work hard to justify their favourites’ tag as India begins its quest for World Cup glory in the Feb. 19 – April 2 cricket tournament.

Fourteen teams have been divided into two groups for the tournament, co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, with the top four from each division advancing to the quarter-finals.

In Group A, defending champions Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka would have to seriously under-perform to miss qualifying ahead of Zimbabwe, Canada and Kenya.

Group B holds marginally more interest. Bangladesh barely hold their own in test cricket but they can be a force in the one-day game, especially on their own pitches as a 4-0 drubbing of New Zealand late last year testified.

With a host of slow, naggingly accurate bowlers on sluggish pitches, Bangladesh could well qualify at the expense of West Indies in a group including India, England, South Africa, Ireland and the Netherlands.

Which is your favourite team in the tournament? Who do you think will win and why? Share your views.

Comments

It is had to name one team as favorites. South Africa with their current form, could be rated no.1. If Aussies work out their problem with the sub-continent pitches, and England somehow magically get through their injury woes could prove to be very crucial competitors for the WC.

The latest trend in Indian team is that of generating pressure, in their own way of collapsing top order or bowlers giving away runs easily. And under this pressure, a couple of young players start performing brilliantly all of a sudden, attacking the opposition. The best this as I observe is that, instead of the same person taking the responsibility of relieving the pressure in every match, like it used to happen before, now it is a new player each time. This, of course, is making the selectors’ job even more difficult. But this is a huge asset of the current team under their, rightly branded, Captain Cool. If Indian youngsters keep up with handling the pressure situations as they are doing since last 2 years, with the added advantage of sub continental pitches, it is a cake walk for the team to the world cup final.

Having said that the selectors have a very difficult job, I am still disappointed with dropping out of Pragyan Ojha who could prove to be a useful tool in the spin attack, esp. on Indian pitches.

All the best Team India.

Posted by cvsrs | Report as abusive
 

Am sure India will win this time ;)

Posted by aditya.kalra | Report as abusive
 

Despite all the pressure on the home team, I believe India has what it takes to regain the World Cup this time around and should be able to justify the favourites’ tag.

Posted by ToeKnee | Report as abusive
 

australia rules are gone,england hopes forever, pakistan jumps allover,west indies firing in air, new zealand are following none,sri lanka is enjoying home run,south africa may get In, India going to win

Posted by Swatantra | Report as abusive
 

we indian always thing only one way we will world cup
// friend think once….we have four good boullers…
in this world cup…our bowlers not be at first place in down the wickets,, but one man he is not a bowller but he
get highest wc.. shaid afridi…ireland bowlers ,,,we get thier stuff in bowling,,,,,.yuavaraj is bowller??????
he is not ooja is good spinner ,dhoni not get him ,he selected that chawala .somebody and another thing ,yuraj got five wickets means he not get five wc on sa or eng or westindis he got 5 wc on ireland ,he scored 50 from 72 balls, yusuf patan scored 22 for 35 if patan is not there means that match diffcult to win(irelanng to is goid).dhoni scored 23,30,20,14 what is this? dhoni have to out from match, now going to eliminate yusuf patan
as striker they miss patan ,and batmans we have sachin and shewag apart them no body is there ………….
sachin doing good and shewag also both guys facing stuff
if they fails means india not going to win….bowllers are not good they are not giving stuff…..chances we have to win,if sachin and shewag ,yusuf patan fails means
we are not going to win world cup…….///i also so said we will world cup but i dint want to show over confidence
y because we are giving (india)great scores ,dut opp teams ,did the score. other teams also giving same scores
ohter teams also having point newzland did 107 run in last five overs… ..if we play with same standards
we wont win world cup…………….

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