Ravi Ashwin believes India will meet England in the Cricket World Cup final (Picture: Getty)Ravichandran Ashwin rates India as the favourites to win the World Cup and has tipped Virat Kohli’s side to meet hosts England in the final.
After a seven-day wait, India finally got their World Cup campaign underway on Wednesday, beating winless South Africa by six wickets in Cardiff.
India have two World Cup wins to their name and Ashwin says they are the favourite to lift the trophy this summer, mainly because of their gun batting line-up.
‘India are the favourites… look at the batting that we have,’ spinner Ashwin said.
India beat South Africa in their opening World Cup game (Picture: Getty)‘In the top three we have Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. Rohit and Virat are two of the best batsmen in the world.
‘The way Virat paces his innings and the firepower that Rohit has, he is one of those batsman who can change gears any time.
‘Apart from that we have a balanced set up. Hardik Pandya has emerged as a great player, MS Dhoni is the calming influence in the middle order.
‘Then the likes of Bumrah at the death and with the new ball. The two wrist-spinners as well.’
Eoin Morgan’s England have endured a mixed start to the tournament (Picture: Getty)Ashwin believes England – the No. 1 team in the world in one-day cricket – will join India in the final. Eoin Morgan’s side lost to Pakistan on Monday, following their win over South Africa on the opening day of the tournament.
‘I think India are the favourites, looking at the balance they have in terms of pace, spin and the batting prowess,’ Ashwin added.
‘Looking at the other teams, I think India and England will play in the final. That is my prediction.’
Next up, India face defending champions Australia, while England face Bangladesh.