India – 2019 Cricket World Cup Preview
In this article, we will look at the India 2019 Cricket World Cup odds by analysing key areas of the team. We will look at their strengths along with any perceived weaknesses, while deciding whether to take a Satta on India’s 2019 Cricket World Cup chances for the 2019 tournament in the UK.
We’ll list the full India 2019 Cricket World Cup schedule. Fans will thus be able to identify the key games in the group stages.
A history of Indian cricket at the World Cup will be outlined as we round up this preview of a nation that are multiple winners of the sport’s biggest and most historic limited overs trophy.
How India got to the 2019 Cricket World Cup
The qualification criteria for the 2019 Cricket World Cup allowed the top seven ODI teams, plus England as hosts, to progress automatically to the finals in the UK. India is one of the strongest countries in international cricket. As such, they were always going to be comfortably inside that top ten.
At the start of 2019, India were ranked number two in the world in the One Day format. Therefore, no World Cup qualifiers were needed for Virat Kohli and his men.
India 2019 Cricket World Cup Odds
India’s 2019 Cricket World Cup odds are currently quoted at 4.33 with Betway to win the World Cup. That figure makes them second favourites behind market leaders England. The English have home advantage under Eoin Morgan. But if you are taking a Satta in the outright win markets, there are many good reasons to get behind India this year.
India’s 2019 Cricket World Cup team are the number two ranked ODI side in the world. The odds setters subsequently feel that Virat Kohli’s men only have to overcome the host nation. It’s also worth remembering that England have never won a 50 over trophy. However, it’s the quality and depth of India’s squad that makes them tempting for bettors.
India’s History in the World Cup
India were part of the very first World Cup tournament that took place in England back in 1975. It’s fair to say that the Indian squad of that time made a slow start, in every sense of the word. But ultimate success wasn’t too far away.
– 1975 to 1987
India were there at the very start. Playing in the first ever World Cup match against England at Lord’s in that inaugural 1975 competition. It wasn’t the best of starts, though. After the hosts had posted 334/4, India went on a ‘go-slow’, making no attempt to chase the total down and finishing with 132/3 from their 60 overs. Only captain Sunil Gavaskar knows the real reason for the performance. It’s fair to say that things have quickened up dramatically since then.
India didn’t make it beyond the group stage in either 1975 or 1979. All that changed four years later. West Indies had won both of those opening tournaments and went into the 1983 renewal in England as hot favourites.
India beat the Windies in their opening group match. And in a tough section, Kapil Dev’s side progressed at the expense of Australia. A strong England team awaited in the semi finals but a patient 61 from Yashpal Sharma saw India home by six wickets.
On to the final at Lord’s and most people taking a Satta on that game expected West Indies to claim their third successive title. They looked to be homing in on that success, too, when India made just 183 on first innings. But three wickets apiece for Madan Lal and Mohinder Amarnath sparked a collapse and the Windies fell 43 runs short.
After that incredible first title, India hosted the tournament in 1987. And things looked promising, too, after they topped their group. However, England exacted their revenge in the semi final, beating Kapil Dev’s team by 35 runs.
– 1992 to 1999
1992 saw a new, Round Robin format. Nonetheless, India underperformed, winning just two of their eight matches to finish outside of the knockout places. Group stages returned in 1996 when India were one of three hosts and this time, Mohammad Azharuddin’s side made it to the semis. Unfortunately, the game against Sri Lanka ended in unsavoury circumstances as crowd trouble saw India default when on the brink of defeat.
In 1999, the tournament returned to England where Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid lit up the group stages. Their record breaking partnership at Taunton helped exact revenge over Sri Lanka, setting up a total of 373/6 to win by 157 runs. It was one of the greatest Indian performances at the Cricket World Cup ever.
1999 saw a new, Super Six format, following on from the groups and this is where India’s challenge ended.
– 2003 to 2015
The competition headed to South Africa for the first time in 2003. And Indian fans will feel they should have claimed their second title at this point. The great Sachin Tendulkar scored the most runs and was named player of the series. It wasn’t enough, though, as a rampant Australia won the final by 125 runs.
2007 in the West Indies was a forgettable campaign as India failed to get out of a group that contained Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bermuda. Happily, things went full circle four years later as an Indian team finally landed their second title.
Once again, India were joint hosts for the tournament and MS Dhoni’s team qualified comfortably from Group B. This year’s competition reverted to the straight knockout format. And following wins over Australia and Pakistan, Sri Lanka were waiting in the final in Mumbai.
A century from Mahela Jayawardene set up what looked to be testing total of 274/6. But scores in the 90s from Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir saw India home with ten balls to spare.
2015 brings us right up to date where, after making it through to the semi finals, India suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of co-hosts Australia.
India’s best player heading into the 2019 Cricket World Cup
India’s 2019 Cricket World Cup side will head to the UK with a number of top players in the squad. The standout performer, however, is the skipper Virat Kohli. Yes, there are a number of high quality batters in this team. However, Kohli is ranked number one batsman in all ODI cricket, and has to come in at the top.
Following the end of the ODI series with Australia in early 2019, Kohli had 922 ranking points. That put him some way clear of Kane Williamson in second place. At that stage in his career, India’s captain and key player had made 222 ODI appearances, scoring 10,533 runs with a top score of 183. The rest of his stats are simply outstanding in this form of the game. Kohli averaged 59.50 at that point in time and had reached three figures on an incredible 39 occasions. It is no surprise Kohli should be one of the top players at the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
This is a man who likes to bat big. And while this is a strong overall batting line up, opposition teams will know that Virat Kohli is the key wicket. The India 2019 Cricket World Cup odds for this tournament will depend heavily on him.
India 2019 Cricket World Cup Schedule
Here is a full list of the India 2019 Cricket World Cup group fixtures. Included are dates for the knockout rounds should they progress to that stage.
|June 5th||Southampton||South Africa|
|June 9th||The Oval||Australia|
|June 13th||Trent Bridge||New Zealand|
|June 16th||Old Trafford||Pakistan|
|June 27th||Old Trafford||West Indies|
|July 6th||Headingley||Sri Lanka|
|July 9th||Old Trafford||Semi Final 1|
|July 11th||Edgbaston||Semi Final 2|
India’s biggest question mark heading into the World Cup
Most of the India 2019 Cricket World Cup batting lineup is settled. There is one remaining question mark as to who bats at number four. During their ODI series with Australia at the start of 2019, skipper Virat Kohli said that he wanted that position solidified. And while it may seem like a minor point, this is a key position in any batting order.
Number four can play a number of roles depending on what has happened ahead of him. He can either kick on and play at a fast pace if the top three have laid a strong platform. Or, he needs to consolidate if India have lost early wickets.
A number of players have been tried in this position and Ambati Rayudu impressed in that series with Australia. But Kohli claims that his side are still looking for a permanent solution. Rishabh Pant would be a bold option and it would allow the exciting youngster to play in the same side as MS Dhoni, who will keep the gloves.
How India goes with this remains to be seen. It’s a question that needs to be answered before the India 2019 Cricket World Cup schedule gets underway.
India’s biggest area of strength heading into the World Cup
Aside from that question mark at number three, India have what is arguably the most perfect first choice batting line up at the 2019 World Cup. Rohit Sharma lost out to Virat Kohli as our pick for best Indian player. Nonetheless, Rohit is a man who has scored an incredible three double hundreds in this format and currently holds the world record individual ODI score at 264.
With Shikhar Dhawan returning to form against Australia and Kohli as dependable as always, this is a fearsome top three. MS Dhoni can then arrive as the ‘finisher’ at five or six. And if India can just solve that number four position, they will go into 2019’s tournament with formidable batting strength.