While there is lot of talk about the conditions in England to favour pacers during ICC Cricket World Cup-2019, the former England skipper has termed that nonsense and said that it is going to benefit spin heavy sides like India and Pakistan.
England captain and the Yorkshireman, Michael Vaughan has made a name for himself as a cricket pundit due to his incisive views. Taking to twitter to express his views about the conditions in England during the ICC World Cup, which begins on May 30, Vaughan had a strong point to make about how it could suit the Asian teams more than giving home advantage to England.
Vaughan wrote on Twitter, “The last 2 champions trophy’s in England have been Won by India & Pakistan … !!!!! All this talk of English conditions in ICC run events is nonsense …… The pitches will be dry and Spin will play a huge part”
Vaughan is quite right with his assessment as ICC tournaments over the past decade or so have seen pitches which have been dry and assisted spinners. The last time a 50-over World Cup was held in England was way back in 1999. That was a tournament where pitches suited seam bowling and pacers like Pakistan’s Shoab Akhtar, Australia’s Glenn McGrath and New Zealand’s Geoff Allott made merry in helpful conditions.
In another Tweet he said, “Those that are saying swinging/Seaming conditions in England for the World Cup clearly haven’t watched 50 over Cricket in the UK for a while … The white ball has done nowt for a few years … Smart seamers and Spin is the way in the UK !!”
Keeping the conditions in mind, India have gone in for three specialist spinners in their 15-member squad for the World Cup, which was announced on Monday.
Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have been two of the most successful bowlers in 50-over cricket over the past couple of years and in Ravindra Jadeja, India have a seasoned tweaker who can adapt to different conditions.
All-rounder Kedar Jadhav could also come in handy in such conditions with his part-time off spin. So, if we are to believe Michael Vaughan, then India could well go all the way this time around.