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Who will be the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup Winner?
ICC Cricket World Cup 2011
2011 ICC Cricket World Cup is ready to take place on 17th February 2011 and millions of cricket fans are eagerly waiting for this big event. Every team want to win, however only one team can achieve the feat. What do you think about the winner of ICC Cricket world cup 2011? Is it Australia, India, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Pakistan, West Indies, England or South Africa? Really it's hard to tell. However we can predicts certain things based on actual facts and analyses.
Let's analyze each team based on their strengths and weaknesses. Then you might get a glimpse of the answer. Anyway no need to say that it's almost impossible to predict a cricket game before it starts. Things can change quickly. And miracles may happen. Let's begin!
1.0 Teams for Cricket World Cup 2011
There are 14 teams participate for the championship. We like to categorize them into three categories based on their potential to lift the world cup.
1.1 The Elite group
Australia, England, India, South Africa, and Sri Lanka can be considered the major hopes in the world cup. All these teams participate the event hoping that they have a better chance of winning the cup. Recent performances of these cricket teams have proved the fact. Let's add them into "Elite group" as the winner is most likely a team from one of these countries.
1.2 The Unpredictables
Pakistan, New Zealand, and West Indies can be considered as good competitors however, their inconsistency have made them not to consider as big hopes in the world cup. Yet, cricket is unpredictable and it's not a surprise to see one of these two teams at the world cup final. That's why they can be considered as unpredictables.
Every game has underdogs and that's not an exception for cricket world cup when it's become a game between handful of teams in the end. Bangladesh, and Zimbabwe are relatively stronger teams compare to others in the category and they might have a chance to advance into the knockout stage of the tournament. It's very difficult to them to qualify for semi-finals even they managed to come that far. Other teams that enjoy the participation to the event of Cricket World championship 2011 are Canada, Ireland, Kenya, and Netherlands.
2.0 Strengths and Weaknesses of the Elite Group
- Have an army of top fast bowlers
- It's hard to see them collapse in big games
- They've got several miracle match winners
- Batting woes of several key players
- Poor spin attack
Even they lost the Ashes at home, Australian are still the world's best team in ODI rankings and it's not an overnight achievement. Also they are the only team to win the cricket world cup three consecutive times and surely they come to sub continent to repeat what they have done in the Caribbean in 2007. However, this is a completely different team and has been suffering from consistent defeats during past couple of years.
Inconsistent batting of the captain Ricky Ponting, and vice-captain Michael Clarke has been a major headache for them. Shane Watson and Mike Hussey are the two most consistent performers during recent matches and they have to continue their form to retain their hopes of lifting the world cup. If Cameron White and Brad Haddin make useful contributions and captain managed to find his form back, Australian are still favorites to reach the finals and beyond.
Fast bowling has been the strength of Australia during most of their victorious years despite the performance of Shane Warne. It's interesting to see how they manage to attack the opponents in the dead pitches. Lack of spin power might be a major drawback for them to stay positively in the tournament. As a team that has been in the mood of winning for over a decade, they still have the potential to destroy the most experienced batting lines and reach the victory by brutally attacking the best bowlers in the world. It's no wonder to see them to be the winner of Cricket world cup 2011 again if key players do their job.
- Their batting power especially in the sub-continent grounds
- Has been in a winning mood
- Some of strike bowlers have found the form
- Inability to handle pressure in major games
- Relatively poor fast bowling attack
When they play home it's quite difficult to defeat India. Being a winning team during recent tours, they are one of the most favorites to win the world cup. If the key players can handle the pressure and lead the team to safe locations, they have a better chance of becoming the real one day international champions in this time. Batting has been the India’s strength in most times and the current squad has the players to justify the fact. Sachin Tendulkar is playing his last tournament and expected to be one of the most influential players in the tournament. He has been in a terrible form in the recent tours.
Indian team has a bunch of brutal hitters like Virender Sehwag, MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, and Suresh Raina. They can change a game within in a flash. However, their problem lies on their bowling attack. Except Zahir Khan, rests of the placemen are inconsistent and unreliable. If their batsman can do the hard work and spinners can attack at the right time, the Cricket world cup is almost on their hand.
2.3 Sri Lanka
- Experienced top order batting power
- Reliable bowling attack even they are not so attacking
- Home advantage
- Middle order is a bit worry
- Sometimes their top order is vulnerable in a pressure situation
Sri Lanka come to the Cricket World cup as one of the favorites and their recent form has been very good. They have an experienced batsmen and bowlers. Also they have the advantage of sub continent pitches and home crowd for most of their matches. Also they are the finalists in the previous world cup that was held in West Indies in 2007.
T. M. Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara are two of the key players for Sri Lanka. Dilshan can relieve the pressure whenever they chase a big total due to his explosive starts. Sangakkara can steady the inning whenever it fails to get the momentum. Angelo Mathews can be one of the stars in this tournament if he manages to find his form back. Lasith Malinga and Muttiah Muralitharan can take wickets at any time. If everything goes as expected it's not a surprise to see them in the final in Mumbai with the cup on their hand.
2.4 South Africa
- They have a bunch of inform batsmen
- Arguably the best fast balling attack
- Can they handle the pressure in big moments?
- Relatively poor spin attack
South Africa is another big hope in this edition of the world cup where Australian dominance has been come to an end to a certain extent. They have a very good team and they have the right to claim the world cup. Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, and AB de Villiers are the major batsmen in their squad and they are expected to play a big role with Graeme Smith. Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, and Lonwabo Tsotsobe can possess a real threat against the even best batting team in the world. This world cup might be an unforgettable moment for them if they manage to play as they are used to play during past couple of months. They have to play better in key games and South Africa is a team that can fly away with this world cup.
- Balanced balling attack with good spin and fast bowlers
- They have several good batsmen
- Batting is a concern in certain moments
- They need can get big scores but often fail to defend them
England was one of the favorites in the end of Ashes when they hammered Australia by 3-1. However, they status has been hampered by the 6-1 defeat against the same opponents in ODIs. This England team has a potentially good team to lift the cricket world cup. They have reliable batsmen like Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell. Kevin Pietersen is a batsman who can drag the game in their favor with a little help from others. Graeme Swann and James Anderson needs to play a big role if they want to keep their hopes alive.
3 The Unpredictables
- They can win a match from any given situation
- Have an army of explosive batsmen
- Balanced balling attack
- Inconsistency in the batting
Pakistan is an unpredictable team and they know that. They have proved what they can do while facing extremely harsh situations during last couple of years. Therefore this world cup can be a special moment for them. One of the strengths of Pakistan is their ability to win a game when they are almost defeated. Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq can change a game in 3-4 overs and they have done that many times during the past. Although this is a relatively inexperienced team in the international level, they have a very good team that have a very good chance to even win the cricket world cup 2011.
3.2 New Zealand
- They were five time semi-finalists and they can do it again
- They have good batsmen who can play a big role
- Bowling is a big worry for them
- Batting has been inconsistent through the innings
New Zealand have reached semi final five times and then they have failed to go further in each occasion. They have a good team; however, recent poor performance has been a real worry for them. They can fire in the big occasions and this is the right time to do it. They haven't great batsmen or bowlers except Captain Daniel Vettori. It's difficult to imagine that they will go beyond semi-finals in this occasion too. However, once reached the semi final, it is just a matter playing a one good game to change everything.
3.3 West Indies
- They have several hitters who potential are match winners
- Bowling attack is relatively weak
- Inexperience of most of their players is an issue
West Indies has been a dominant team in 70's and 80's and not any more. They have talented young players like Darren Bravo, and Adrian Barath. Also they have experienced players like Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan. However, they haven't been able to win matches against tougher teams during last couple of years. Their destination of this world cup is going to be decided on the bat of Chris Gayle in most cases.
Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are expected to win against teams without the test status and they have to do it. It is hard to imagine either Bangladesh or Zimbabwe win against any other team in this world cup. There might be unexpected twists in the game. However hopes are less. Bangladesh has whitewashed against New Zealand in the last year but such feats are difficult to repeat. Such thing has happened in the previous edition of the Cricket world cup and the officials have taken steps to make sure that the big teams won't miss the knockout stage.
Definitely this world cup is one of the most unpredictable tournaments ever going to take place. There was a dominant team in many previous world cups and not at this time. Therefore determining the 2011 ICC Cricket world cup winner is extremely difficult until a team manage to win the final in Mumbai. If consistency is the key, the winner will be from the elite group. If miracles take place, Pakistan may have a chance there.