Sachin Tendulkar , the master class batsman believes India are “the favourites” to win the ICC Men’s Cricket 2019 World Cup and also singled out hosts England as toughest contenders . Tendulkar’s comments came two days after his former India team-mate Rahul Dravid, too backed Team India to win a third World Cup for India.
“As far as our chances are concerned, I will not hesitate in saying that we are the favourites,” Tendulkar told PTI on Sunday. “I have gone on record saying that we have a perfect balance in the team where we will be competitive in any part of the world or on any surface.”
“I know New Zealand have struggled in this series but it’s a good unit, one needs to be on their toes [when playing them],” Tendulkar said. “It’s all about getting the early momentum. My judgement on the toughest contenders would be England, while New Zealand would be the dark horse.”
Tendulkar said that Australia would be a different side when the banned duo of Steven Smith and David Warner return.
“I think Australia at full strength will be a formidable side,With Smith and David Warner back in the team and their other bowlers coming back into the ODI squad, it will be a competitive side.”- Tendulkar said.