From Zimbabwe beating Australia in their first One-Day International match during the 1983 World Cup to Ireland beating England in the last version of the tournament, there has been no lack of unexpected and dramatic results in cricket’s show piece event.
Pakistan will definitely be one of those X-factor teams heading into the tournament since they possess a solid team on paper. However, whether they can perform on the pitch and lead their side to World Cup glory is a whole different matter.
Following their better-than-expected performance in Australia, Matthew Hoggard has revised his World Cup view and reckons England could be on course to upset a few teams in the fast-approaching tournament.
According to reports, Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma is almost certain to be ruled out of the upcoming World Cup as he failed to bowl a single delivery during India's practice session in Adelaide on Saturday.
India go into the World Cup losing four out of their last five One-Day-Internationals away, with one being washed out. That is not a really good stat to ponder over for the defending champions, who had won 3-1 against England in England, prior to their current poor spell.
Ireland’s World Cup preparations received a shot in the arm as former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee, has agreed to a short-term deal with Cricket Ireland to coach their bowlers in the warm-up games.
There is no denying that Australia are one of the favourites to win the World Cup this year. With a squad of specialists who can perform in any given scenario, the Baggy Greens will arguably be the toughest side to beat during the tournament.