It's a script where you will find change of fortunes, drama, action, comedy as well as tragedy. This script might seem familiar as of a typical bollywood masala movie, but come this February and you will find a carnival filled with such scripts on the cricket field. Fourteen teams will compete their heart out for the ultimate prize in the biggest ever ODI tournament in the history of the game.
World's richest Board being one of the hosts along with neighbors Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will keep no stones untouched for creating a success story that would be hard to repeat. In a country where cricket runs in veins parallel with blood mainly because of watching countless hours of the game on the national television, it would surely be like the longest running festival.
A festival where everyone will be the spectator to the most enthralling cricket on display by the superstars of the game. All the house wives and other ladies will surely have the wait for their regular daily prime time soap operas while all the cricket fanatics would be glued to their television sets for having the time of their life.
Let's have a look at the probable semifinalists of the mega event:
World's number 1 test team and number two on the ODI charts, India start as the hot favorites to win the elusive cup. A team which boasts of some of the greatest names in the cricket world will surely a force to reckon with. Sachin Tendulkar, the greatest player ever would like to have this only untouched feat under his belt with the help of cricketing geniuses like Sehwag, Dhoni, Gambhir, Zaheer and exciting young prospects like Raina, Pathan and Kohli.
The defending Champions, and the winners of last three World Cups, inform Australian team would like to continue their winning streak in the tournament as they have been undefeated in all of the last three events. They are termed as the fittest and most professional team in the cricketing circles and boast of talents like Watson, Clarke, Lee, Tait under the guidance of the all time greatest World Cup captain, Ricky Ponting.
Always one of the top three sides in ODIs after their re-initiation in world cricket, South Africa is the best fielding side in the world. They can be termed as the all-rounder team in world cricket. Their batting, bowling as well as fielding are at par with the best. World's most experienced all rounder Jacques Kallis in their ranks with forces like Smith, Alma, De Villiers, Duminy and fearsome bowling duo of Steyn-Morkel; this is their brightest chance to win their first world cup.
They are most balanced team with respect to conditions on offer in the Indian sub continent. Being familiar with the pitches and atmosphere, they boast of the most dangerous spinner, spin wizard Muttiah Murlitharan and the best wicket keeper in the world Kumar Sangakara. Along with experienced Jayawardne and Malinga they can beat any team in the world on a given day.
THE DARK HORSES:
Always an unpredictable team, Pakistan are surely the dark horses in this event. With all the uncertainties, turmoil and difficulties going on in their country, the world cup can act as boon for them. They too have mixture of youth and experience in their side which is lead by their flamboyant captain and sixer king Shahid Afridi. Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Umar Gul and the Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar will play key roles if Pakistan wants to travel long in this stiff competition.