The ICC World Cup 2019 is the most open World Cup in cricketing history, with no clear favourites - contested in a format that is punishing and rewarding at the same time. No match is a stroll in the park. There are no freebies. No room for an off-day. The round robin in all probability will make every contest a must win, progressing further into the tournament. The pressure will be cranked up pretty quickly as high profile, volatile matches are littered all over the itinerary. Any team lacking in resilience and versatility will be found out and only the best will have a shot at making the semi-finals.
Here's looking at the countries that start off as favourites on the back of their performances over the past year and the artillery they bring to this dogfight.
Current ICC Ranking 1
Captain: Eoin Morgan | Key Players: Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow
Current ICC Ranking 2
Captain: Virat Kohli | Key Players: Jaspreet Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Current ICC Ranking 3
Captain: Faf du Plessis | Key Players: Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir
Current ICC Ranking 4
Captain: Kane Williamson | Key Players: Mitchell Santner, Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme
Current ICC Ranking 5
Captain: Aaron Finch | Key Players: David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith
Source : www.sportskeeda.com