The ICC cricket world cup 2019 will start from May 30. India will start their Wolrd cup Camogion Will start from June against South Africa. In a recent award function of CEAT tire, Ajinkya Rahane Spoke about the team India’s chances In the world cup 2019. He said,
“Overall our team is pretty strong. Our overall package is very good. This time the World Cup will be played in a new format, we will play nine league games, so momentum and consistency will be important. If you start well you will have to keep up the momentum; you will have to play consistent cricket throughout the tournament. In ICC tournament any team picks up momentum at any time, so we can’t take any team lightly,” added the right-handed batsman, who last played an ODI for India on February 16, 2018 against South Africa in Centurion. Our overall attack, both pace and spin, is very experienced. The good thing is that all the bowlers in our team are wicket-takers and the team which has wicket-taking bowlers, their chances increase. We have bowlers who can pick up wickets in any situation.”
Ajinkya Rahane Also added some lines on English Condition, he said,
“The English conditions will definitely help our bowlers because they know the conditions well having played there recently. They will definitely have to make some adjustments, but that won’t be a problem.”
He picked his four favorite teams for world cup 2019, he said
Talking about other teams, Rahane picked New Zealand, apart from the West Indies and England, as favorites along with India. I don’t believe in pinpointing any particular team, but England is a good team. New Zealand has done well in ICC tournaments and West Indies is an unpredictable side. They can beat any team on their day,” he said.
“Virat is a very good leader. Everyone has different qualities. Mahi bhai (Dhoni) has different qualities of leadership and Virat will definitely get good support and guidance from Mahi bhai. He is such a senior player and being the wicketkeeper he can set the entire field and guide the bowlers on what length and line to bowl,” he added.
“I always try to control things rather than thinking about consequences. I always prefer to stay in the present. What is important for me is to play well for Hampshire County. It is my first stint with Hampshire and I am really excited. Every player wants to represent their country in the World Cup and my dream is also to represent my country and play in the World Cup. But right now my focus is completely on the county stint and I am looking forward to doing well for Hampshire and learn many more things.
“I had a phone conversation with Rahul Bhai (Rahul Dravid) and he told me that he actually learned a lot playing county cricket. It’s an entirely new experience. Rahane is looking at the county stint to prepare himself for the West Indies tour, which is scheduled after the World Cup.
“I had played a couple of Test series over there in 2014 and last summer, so I know English conditions pretty well. But in the county you get to learn so many things from your teammates, the culture is different and as an overseas player there will be responsible. So, it’s all about being positive,” he said.
“I am now looking forward to changing to red ball cricket from white ball because after that we are going to West Indies for Test series. So my focus is on playing good cricket and staying positive,” Rahane added.