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Brian Lara picks India as favourites to win World Cup 2019 title

Brian Lara said that Virat Kohli & Co are capable of playing all around the world and they will be favourites despite recently losing 2-3 to Australia at home.

cricket Updated: Mar 25, 2019 11:02 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
India cricketer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2L) celebrates the wicket of Australia cricket captain Aaron Finch.
India cricketer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2L) celebrates the wicket of Australia cricket captain Aaron Finch.(AFP)
         

Former West Indies skipper Brian Lara believes that India will start the World Cup 2019 as favourties to win the title. While attending the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, Lara said that Virat Kohli & Co are capable of playing all around the world and they will be favourites despite recently losing 2-3 to Australia at home.

“They are capable of playing all around the world. India start as favourites,” the 49-year-old said.

“The Champions Trophy final a couple of years ago, Pakistan versus India… that would be a wonderful final to see again,” he added.

In the 2017 Champions Trophy final, a century from Fakhar Zaman and a half-century from Azhar Ali guide Pakistan to a brilliant victory. Pakistan posted a mammoth 338 for 4 and in reply, India were bowled out for 158.

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Lara also said that the World Cup will be heavily dependent on the weather in England & Wales.

“The World Cup is going to be very dependent on weather. The English weather, you never know what it is going to be like. England in England are a tough opposition but they are also a team that knows how to lose important matches.

“I was not surprised when Pakistan won the Champions Trophy. I felt that even though they are a team that are inconsistent, they do have players that can win any tournament. The West Indies are similar. Very inconsistent, but on their day they can beat any team,” he added.

First Published: Mar 25, 2019 11:00 IST

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