ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Clive Lloyd says India are best-balanced side, calls Virat Kohli best batsman in the tournament

Virat Kohli's men are unbeaten after their first six matches of the round-robin competition and need just one win from their remaining three games to guarantee a place in the semi-finals

Press Trust of India, Jun 29, 2019 23:09:25 IST

West Indies great Clive Lloyd says India are the best-balanced side at the World Cup and look like the team to beat.

Virat Kohli's men are unbeaten after their first six matches of the round-robin competition and need just one win from their remaining three games to guarantee a place in the semi-finals.

Holders Australia were the first to book a final-four spot and will be battling for the top position with India and New Zealand as the league phase draws to a close.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Clive Lloyd says India are best-balanced side, calls Virat Kohli best batsman in the tournament

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"I have been impressed by India -- I think the winner of the whole thing is going to be one of them or Australia," Lloyd said in a column for the International Cricket Council.

"Any team that wants to lift the trophy will have to beat India -- they are unbeaten so far and look a very well-balanced side."

India crushed West Indies on Thursday to end the Caribbean side's hopes of qualifying from the 10-team group stage.

Lloyd, who led West Indies to two World Cup triumphs, in 1975 and 1979, said he had been disappointed by the way his former side's campaign had fizzled out after they started the tournament with a convincing win over Pakistan.

The former skipper said India's bowling attack had impressed him most of all.

"Jasprit Bumrah is a fantastic discovery but behind him guys like Mohammed Shami and the wrist spinners have been really impressive," he said.

"What I like about their attack, as opposed to many in this tournament, is that they bowl to take wickets."

But the 74-year-old feels two-time champions India are not unbeatable if you can get through to their middle order.

"Make early inroads into their batting line-up -- where they only have five specialist batsmen -- and you have a chance," he said.

"Of course, a lot of that depends on getting rid of Virat Kohli, the best batsman in the tournament."

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Updated Date: Jun 29, 2019 23:09:25 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254