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Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019

AB de Villiers picks four 2019 World Cup favourites

South Africa cricket great AB de Villiers has weighed in on the probable winner of the 2019 World Cup in England

cricket Updated: Mar 16, 2019 12:28 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
File photo of AB de Villiers.
File photo of AB de Villiers. (Reuters)

South Africa cricket great AB de Villiers has weighed in on the probable winner of the 2019 World Cup in England.

De Villiers notched up phenomenal numbers across the course of his international career that he brought to a close last year and is regarded among one of the all-time greats of the game.

South Africa are currently playing Sri Lanka at home and have taken an unassailable 4-0 lead in their five-match ODI series. However De Villiers, who averaged a staggering 53.50 with the bat from his 228 ODIs, feels that his former international side aren’t in the running for the World Cup in England just yet.

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“The Proteas are certainly in the running, but I won’t say they are the favourites to be honest with you”, De Villiers told South African website sport24.

He further added that India and England are strong contenders, while Australia and Pakistan will also be in the mix.

“India and England are looking strong, Australia have won five World Cups in the past and Pakistan claimed the Champions Trophy in the UK two years ago. Those four teams are probably the favourites, but the way the Proteas have been playing in the 50-over format of late has been encouraging”, he added.

The Proteas legend will soon be plying his trade in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) where he turns up for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The 2019 IPL will begin with the opening match between the Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on 23 March.

First Published: Mar 16, 2019 12:28 IST

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