Cricket

Herschelle Gibbs picks India and England as key World Cup contenders, rues South Africa's lack of an all-rounder

  • Press Trust of India
  • February 18th, 2019
  • 20:31:01 IST

Mumbai: Former South African opener Herschelle Gibbs named India and hosts England as the two strong contenders to win the upcoming ICC World Cup starting 30 May.

"It is always wide open. The two standout contenders will be England and India. But, who is going to make the other two places for the semi-finals? It is difficult to say. A lot depends on the weather in England. The bowling attacks will all play a part (in the tournament)," the 44-year-old Gibbs said on Monday.

File image of Herschelle Gibbs. Reuters

File image of Herschelle Gibbs. Reuters

He was speaking at a promotional event of OTT video service operator Viu, which announced the launch of 'IB Cricket Super Over League'.

Asked about South Africa's chances, Gibbs said that it is not about AB de Villiers' absence that will be key but more so about the lack of quality all-rounder.

"We (South Africa) are always up there irrespective of ABD. We have got Faf (Du Plessis) and Quinton de Kock. The only issue for South Africa is not having an all-rounder," Gibbs said.

Recently, ICC chairman Shashank Manohar expressed his concerns about Test cricket's future but Gibbs begged to differ.

"Test cricket is (still going) strong. I don't know why people say you need to revive it? I am a big fan of Test cricket finishing in four days. It need not go on for full five days."

However the veteran of 90 Tests and 248 ODIs, wants batsmen to be challenged more in the longest format.

"The batsmen around the world get it easy in ODIs and T20. If they need to fight on sporting tracks in Test cricket, so be it. Sometime the game finishes in two days, when the pitch is offering turn. I don't mind that," the dashing right-hander said.

"It should not have to go for all five days. It is important that a batsman's technique gets tested all the time. The bowlers, they also have something in it, to get their confidence going. They don't get it from T20s or ODIs because flat decks are on offer," said the 44-year-old.

The event at the suburban Goregoan was also attended by former cricketers VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Brendon McCullum along with current players like Prithvi Shaw and Shubhman Gill.

Updated Date: February 18, 2019 20:31:01 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Neymar hat-trick powers Brazil to victory over Peru; Argentina edge Bolivia
Sports

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Neymar hat-trick powers Brazil to victory over Peru; Argentina edge Bolivia

Peru twice took the lead through Andre Carrillo and a heavily deflected strike from Renato Tapia, but two controversial Neymar penalties, an injury time third and a close range strike from Richarlison maintained the Selecao's winning start to qualifying for Qatar 2022.

Indian hockey team's Varun Kumar says contracting COVID-19 was unlike any other setback
Sports

Indian hockey team's Varun Kumar says contracting COVID-19 was unlike any other setback

Varun Kumar, who was a part of the FIH Junior World Cup winning India team in 2016, said the SAI and Hockey India ensured that all the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines are followed by the players.

England cricket legend Ian Botham introduced as a peer in the House of Lords
First Cricket News

England cricket legend Ian Botham introduced as a peer in the House of Lords

Botham will sit as a non-party peer in Lords, whose members are mostly political appointees, with a smattering of hereditary nobles, judges and clergy. The cricket legend will be known as Lord Botham.