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5 Reasons why India can win the 2019 World Cup

Sajawal Sial
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England v India - 3rd ODI: Royal London One-Day Series
England v India - 3rd ODI: Royal London One-Day Series

With less than a year to the World Cup, we attempt to speculate what the tournament holds. As of now, if you ask any cricket pundit for the odds, 9 of them would either have India as favourites or England. As the latter is beyond the scope of this article, let's focus on the former for now.

India is at the top of the cricketing world, having nailed South Africa 5-1 away, given England a run for the money and being unbeaten at home in 3 years. Not only have they won games, but they have looked uncannily convincing in their triumphs. 

The question is,'What makes India so good?'. They have always been a good side but them rivalling the domination of Aussies of the early 2000s or the West Indies of 1980s is too hard a pill to swallow. So, we look into What makes India One of the top contenders of ICC 2019 World Cup.


#1 A Well Set Opening Pair

Rohit and Dhawan are set to Open for India in the 2019 World Cup
Rohit and Dhawan are set to Open for India in the 2019 World Cup

Rohit (2nd) and Dhawan(9th) are the only opening pair to be ranked in top 10 in ICC ODI Batting Rankings at the moment. While Sharma has 1030 runs in 19 innings in 2018, Dhawan is only a couple of steps behind with 897. What makes them so good?

Well, firstly both are world class batsmen. Secondly, the two complement each other. Rohit is a slow starter and, so it is Dhawan who ensures that pressure doesn't get to his partner. Once Rohit gets to his own, Dhawan plays the supporting role.

In 90 innings batting together, the two have scored over 4000 runs at an average exceeding 45. Plus, they have some exceptional performances in Global Tournaments. Indeed, Dhawan has been India's top performer in every Global tournament he has played in. What else could you want of your opening players?

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