The eagerly anticipated Cricket World Cup is set to begin on Thursday, with hosts England taking on South Africa at The Oval. Eoin Morgan’s side have enjoyed a phenomenal rise in the limited overs format following their embarrassing group stage exit in 2015 and head into the competition as favourites. Australia, India and New Zealand have also been tipped for World Cup glory this summer, with the final set to take place on July 14 at Lords. There are set to be plenty of great matches, individual performances and dramatic moments over the course of the next six weeks, so here at Read Cricket, we’ve decided to make a few predictions for the upcoming World Cup.
Most runs - Virat Kohli
Ranked number one in the batting rankings, India’s Virat Kohli averages almost 60 in ODIs. The 30-year-old is our tip to score the most runs in the tournament.
Most fours - Kane Williamson
New Zealand’s Kane Williamson tends to score the majority of his runs in stroke play boundaries. Not known as a power hitter, Williamson’s temperant could see him score the most boundaries in the tournament.
Most sixes - Jos Buttler
England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has shown the world over recent years that he can clear the rope with ease. The 28-year-old currently has 117 sixes to his name in ODIs and will be aiming to take that tally over 150 during the course of the competition, which could see him named the player with the most sixes.
Most wickets - Jofra Archer
After being cleared to represent England in March, Jofra Archer has forced his way into the World Cup squad after a series of impressive performances. We’ve tipped the 24-year-old to claim the most wickets throughout the tournament with his constant threat of pace and bounce.
Surprise side of the tournament - Bangladesh
Bangladesh shocked England back in 2015 and could well cause a few more upsets this year. The Tigers are our team to keep a close eye on during the six-week competition.
Most stumpings - MS Dhoni
With India having plenty of star spinners in their ranks, veteran wicketkeeper MS Dhoni looks set to be busy behind the stumps in England. The 37-year-old has been labelled as the best wicketkeeper in cricket over the past 10 years and could produce a number of stumpings during the competition.
Semi finals - England v New Zealand and Australia v India
After the group stages end on July 6, only four out of the 10 teams will remain. We believe that the semi-finals will see England take on New Zealand and Australia face off against India.
Final - England v Australia
With an Ashes series coming up later in the summer, we believe we may see a World Cup final between the two sides before the Test series begins. We think England will see off New Zealand and the Aussies will edge past India.
Tournament winner - England
It has to be England! After the remarkable transformation under Eoin Morgan over the past four years, the hosts are rightly named as favourites for the tournament, and we believe they will defeat Australia at Lords on July 14 to claim a maiden ODI World Cup.
Player of the tournament - Jos Buttler
If England, as we predict, go all the way, then one of Eoin Morgan’s side will surely be named as Player of the Tournament. We’ve gone for Jos Buttler, who could blow sides away with his lower order power hitting towards the end of the innings.