The one day international cricket world cup will be taking place in Australia and New Zealand starting from first week of february to end of march 2015. 14 teams divided into two groups of 7, where top 4 teams from each group makes it to the quarter finals. The combination of bouncy tracks in Australia and short grounds on New Zealand are sure to bring in quite a few unpredictable results but such is the format that minnows of cricket will find it very hard to make it to knockout stages.
TotalSportek’s World Cup Preview & Predictions:
Before we start our predictions of top 8 teams lets take a look at how the teams are performing in the last year or so, “ICC ODI Cricket Team Ranking” is the best way to see which team is in form and whos not. Although these rankings might not show the bigger picture but still its a good points to start.
Australia are currently sitting top of the rankings and they just defeated South Africa in their own backyard with a massive 4-1 series win of 5 matches. They have some great limited over players who will absolutely relish the chance to play at home, making Australia the team to beat.
Defending Champions India tend to struggle away from home but as I write this piece they will be traveling to Australia where they will be playing 4 test matches followed by tri nation against aussies and England.
Than we have South Africa who are widely consider as the most balanced team going into the competition although they defeat against Australia should ring a few alarm bells for them. Sri Lanka are another decent team and they recently won T20 world cup.
England and Pakistan are 5th and 6th on the current rankings while New Zealand and West Indies makes the top 8 whom should all make it to the quarter finals of 2015 world cup.
World Cup 2015 – Predictions
Format is pretty simple and it should give top 8 teams a good chance to make it to the quarter finals. Why ? lets take a look at the two groups and how they would finish according to my analysis.
|NO#||POOL A||POOL B|
|1||Australia (A1)||India (B1)|
|2||New Zealand (A2)||South Africa (B2)|
|3||Sri Lanka (A3)||Pakistan (B3)|
|4||England (A4)||West Indies (B4)|
Australia should win atleast 5 of their 6 matches and I expect them to top the group, New Zealand will also be playing their games at home which makes them dangerous side to play against. I expect them to finish second (atleast!). Which leaves us with England and Sri Lanka, both of these teams currently playing and ODI series where Sri Lanka are looking much better side than England.
Group B is also pretty straight forward, South Africa or India whoever in better form will take the top spot in group while Pakistan and West Indies should do enough to finish above the other three teams in the group.
The Knockout Bracket Predictions:
This is how the quarter finals will look like if my group predictions were to come true. Winners of Group A will take on 4th place team of Group B while Runner up of Group A will take on 3rd place team in the group b. Winners of Group B vs 4th place group A team and runnerup of group b vs 3rd place group a team.
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