We start today with the favourites and joint-hosts India, for whom Sachin Tendulkar could crown a quite remarkable career by scoring his 100th international hundred (he starts the tournament with 97) in the final in his hometown of Mumbai to hand India its second World Cup – 28 years after they stunned West Indies at Lord’s. Well, that’s what the Holly/Bollywood scriptwriters want anyway.
Where do you start? A batting line-up that starts with Tendulkar and Sehwag and has the likes of Gambhir, Kohli, Yuvraj and Dhoni to follow is arguably the strongest in the competition on paper. The cherry on the top is the monstrous hitting of Yusuf Pathan who could prove to be one of the stars of the tournament. Chuck in home advantage, Dhoni’s shrewd captaincy, the cunning brilliance of Zaheer Khan and a plethora of bowlers who can take the pace off the ball, then it is hard to argue against India lifting the World Cup come 2nd April.
To say the expectations of Indian supporters are high would be a colossal understatement and a fickle media will soon start getting on the team’s back if there are any stumbles. If things go wrong, expect plenty of burning effigies.
You can’t look past Sachin Tendulkar, although we’re expecting big things from Kohli, Pathan and Zaheer too.
Look out for...
The earthquake caused by a billion souls should Sachin indeed reach 100 international centuries.
The Reverse Sweep's Prediction
Having said that you’d have to be a fool to bet against India that is exactly what we’re going to do. We predict a serene progress to the final before they are be shocked by... (you’ll have to wait for later in the week when we reveal our tip for the cup).
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