On Wednesday, legendary Australian pacer, Glenn McGrath expressed that India and England can be termed as the favorites to win the upcoming World Cup. However, he also said that the performance of the Indian bowling attack will decide their fortune in the mega event. McGrath also said Australia’s recent victories over India have improved their chances of winning the World Cup which begins on May 30 in the United Kingdom.
Talking to the reporters, McGrath said, “The top two teams are going to be England and India. England had a tough time in the West Indies and India lost to Australia. Australia’s chances have improved after their ODI and T20 win over India. With those two (Steve Smith and David Warner) coming back, the team will be strengthened. Those players were missed during the Australian summer.”
McGrath said he was not surprised with the “exceptional” show of Indian pacers during their Australian tour earlier this year. He also said that the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli would be remembered just like a Brian Lara or a Sachin Tendulkar after he finishes his career.
Describing his thoughts on Virat said, the bowling legend said, “Kohli is a class player. By the end of his career, he will be held up there alongside the likes of Lara and Tendulkar. As a captain and player, he is quite aggressive. He has matured a lot and he knows his game. He has got the respect of his players. Watching the way he batted in Australia, the only thing I would have said to the home bowlers is I would have preferred them to bowl a little bit short and be more aggressive when he first came out to bat. There is no obvious weakness in his game. To get him out early is a massive bonus.”
McGrath also felt that the IPL would be good preparation for the players ahead of the World Cup as it will help players get the mindset on the shorter version of the game.
The legendary bowler added, “Indian conditions are very different to the English conditions but it will help in getting some confidence. Managing the workload should not be too much of a problem as it is not huge. It is a different intensity, obviously, there are only four overs and it is up to the individual to recover. If they can recover well, they will be fine.”