India will start their World Cup campaign on June 5 (Image Credit: Twitter)
New Delhi :
The all-important ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 which is scheduled to be played in England and Wales this summer is just 28 days away from now. The teams are working regressively with the full fortitude and trying their level best to keep no box unturned. For instance, Afghanistan has prepared for the World Cup in South Africa to get well equipped to pace tracks and bounce.
A few team players are involved in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to play against the best players around the world. On one hand, the cricket pundits are expecting some lateral movement and pace, others believe it will be a brilliant wicket to bat on.
On this, Indian cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar, said the World Cup in the United Kingdom will offer beautiful batting tracks but he doesn't expect the ball to swing much in the hot conditions that will prevail there. The World Cup, which will kick-start on May 30 in the UK, will see all 10 participating nations face-off against each other.
"I am told it's going to be a hot summer. Even in the Champions Trophy the wickets were superb when the sun was out. In the heat the wickets get really flat. I am sure they will give beautiful tracks to bat on," Tendulkar said on the sidelines of the inauguration of the MIG Club pavilion named after him.
"I don't think there will be much difference in the conditions unless there is a heavy cloud cover. If there is a cloud cover, the ball might go around a bit. Even if that's the case I don't see that happening for a longer duration just the first over if at all," he added.
Several Indian players, including captain Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, are performing well in the ongoing Indian Premier League. Asked if that will help them in the World Cup, Tendulkar said: "A good performance in any format is good news because it gives the player confidence. If you are confident in any format, that's important."The players have time to make some adjustments according to the conditions. All of them have played enough cricket to know what to do to improve," he signed off.