Which Team Will Win ICC Champions Trophy 2013
World’s Top Eight ODI Cricket Teams are ready to battle it out for the coveted ICC Champions Trophy 2013 starting June 6 in England. Now the Million Dollar Question that everyone is thinking about is, “Which Team Will Be Crowned As Champions Of Champions“.
So Lets have a preview of the teams which will be Participating on the last edition of the ICC Champion’s Trophy.
GROUP A (Australia,England,Sri Lanka And New Zealand)
This time the Aussies aren’t invincible. Their batting has been a bit fragile for a while now and much of their batting success will depend on how big Shane Watson and Clarke can score. Their fast bowling resources look good with Starc, Mitchell Johnson, Mckay and Faulkner. But lack of a world class spinner could hurt them in the knockout stages.
A team which never takes it’s one day cricket too seriously. With Cook leading from the front and home support the trophy could be theirs for the taking. But I doubt it’s just a dream. Their batting looks ok with Cook, Trott, Morgan and Root. Watch out especially for Root this could be his center stage. Their bowling attack looks good on paper but if Anderson and his bowling counterparts have their off days it could be mayhem as was evident in Martin Guptill’s mauling a couple of days earlier.
The dark horses, they might not have big names as some of the other teams but expect them to punch above their weight as they do in every big tournament. With Guptill and Brendon McCullum and with Ross Taylor for company expect their batting to make up for a relatively weak bowling attack. The English conditions could just suit the likes Bracewell, Mills and Vettori
4. SRI LANKA
They have the batting firepower with Dilshan, Jayawardene and Sangakara. All big run getters. But lack of bowling options for English conditions could hurt them big time. They do have Malinga and Herath but my guess is they might just fall short of making it to the knockout.
GROUP B (India,South Africa,Pakistan And West Indies)
A team with an array of batting stars. But Virat Kohli could be the fulcrum around which the whole batting could revolve. With Dhoni playing the role of a finisher expect the batting to go blazing from the start. But bowling could be their weak link. Expect for ever reliable Bhuvaneshwar Kumar the rest of the lot have been pretty inconsistent. But the power packed batting line up have it in them to compensate for their thin bowling resources.
The team to watch out for. With Misbah as captain the mavericks have it in them to make it all the way. The batting looks good with Misbah,Shohaib Malik and Muhammad Hafeez to rely on. But Pakistan is a team which relies on their strong bowling unit. Saeed Ajmal and Irfan could play starring roles. Pakistan’s only weak link. They could be pretty mediocre on their bad days.
3. SOUTH AFRICA
They start every big tournament as favourites but fall short. They have all the resources to make it to the finish line. A reliable batting unit comprising of Amla, De Villiers and Duminy and a fiery bowling pack led by the Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. But they almost always choke on the big matches. But they can take heart from the fact that this is the only major ICC trophy they have won.
A side packed with T-20 stars the Bravo’s Pollard, Sammy. But the difference could really be the big fellow Christopher Henry Gayle. If he can score big runs on a consistent basis the rest can chip in. But my hunch is they will end up as punching bag for the rest of the sides in the group.
MY SEMI – FINAL PICKS.
GROUP A – Australia And New Zealand ; GROUP B – India And Pakistan