Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar feels India can win the 2019 Cricket World Cup after they showed a great performance in against New Zealand in the fifty-over format. Sachin has termed India as favorites going into the World Cup.
Sachin also said that what makes him happier is the team’s ability to be competitive "in any part of the world and on any surface". The Indian team under Virat Kohli’s captaincy has won 9 out of 10 ODI bilateral series since 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.
West Indies vs India (3-1), Sri Lanka vs India (5-0), India vs Australia (4-1), India vs New Zealand (2-1), India vs Sri Lanka (2-1), South Africa vs India (5-1), India vs West Indies (3-1), Australia vs India (2-1), New Zealand vs India (4-1) with only defeat coming against England. India also won the Asia Cup in UAE last year.
As far as the match is concerned, India won it by 35 runs, with Ambati Rayudu and Yuzvendra Chahal playing an important role. Rayudu smashed an amazing 90 runs before getting out at Matt Henry’s ball, while Yuzvendra Chahal took 3 wickets from the 10 overs he bowled giving away just 41 runs.
India were looking really bad at first, when they gave away 4 wickets for just 18 runs on board, Ambati Rayudu (90) and Vijay Shankar (45) forged a 98 run stand before Shankar getting run-out by Neesham and Munro.
Hardik Pandya showed why he is considered a dangerous player when he smashed a match winning knock of 22 balls 45 runs. India won the five-match series by 4-1 and won a bilateral ODI series in New Zealand after 10 years.
India will now play a three-match T20I series against the Kiwis starting on February 6. The first match will be played at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.