Pakistan one of the favourites to win World Cup 2019: Ganguly

NEW DELHI (Agencies): Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has named Pakistan as one of the favourites in the upcoming World Cup in England.

Speaking to Press Trust of India Ganguly said, “Pakistan’s record in world tournaments in England is remarkable. They won the Champions Trophy two years ago, they won the 2009 World T20 in England.”

“England has always been a happy hunting ground for Pakistan during world tournaments. Their recent success in the multi-nation tournament in England came when they defeated India in the final of 2017 Champions Trophy,” he added.

Citing the recent example of Pakistan’s second one-day international against England, in which they almost chased down a mammoth 374 before going down by only 12 runs, Ganguly said, “Pakistan always play well in England. You see the last game in England. England got 374 and Pakistan just lost by 12 runs. They also beat England in England in Test matches there because of their bowling lineup.”

However, he added that Virat Kohli-led India should not be wary of Pakistan and they would prove to be strong contenders when they meet in their June 16 clash at Manchester. “I don’t believe in records. Both of them [Pakistan and India] will have to play well on that particular day. India will be a very good side. They will be very hard to beat. Team which has the likes of Kohli, Rohit, Shikhar Dhawan can’t be weak.”