Almost by right, a World Cup ought to have a team deemed clear favourites to lift the trophy. In 2011, co-hosts India and Sri Lanka were the anointed ones, and they did meet in the final, with the former clinching their second title. In both 2003 and 2007, Australia were the obvious choice and they didn’t disappoint.
For a very long time, few would have considered England to be World Cup dark horses. Conservative, defensive and unimaginative were qualities attributed to the English side. Losing their best short-format player to controversies and fallouts didn’t help either. Yet, somewhere in the last few months, sanity prevailed and so did the resurrection.
West Indies sent a ripple across the cricketing world when Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, probably two of the three most feared West Indian batsmen around the world, were omitted from the World Cup squad.
With the World Cup now almost upon us, all the cricket pundits, analysts and the Cricket World team are telling us who they think will win the coveted trophy. Prithvijit Roy gives us his predictions in more detail.
In all honesty, Bangladesh are highly unlikely to reach the quarter-finals of this year's World Cup despite having recognised players like Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan in their squad.