India have a lot to like about them heading into the World Cup and they are a bigger price than the hosts England at 10/3.
They have the joint-highest winning percentage of matches since the 2015 World Cup having won 56 of 86, which includes the longest series winning streak of 9 consecutive.
India are the best batting side in the world on statistics, they host the best batting average of 42.34 since the 2015 World Cup. Their top three of Sharma, Dhawan and Kholi are the top three run scorers in ODI’s over the last two years. Virat Kholi is the top performing batsman since the 2015 World Cup and Sharma is fourth on this list showing how much experience this Indian top order has.
With the ball they have the top wicket taker in the world over the last two years in spinner Kuldeep Yadav. The fourth highest wicket taker over the same period who is also a spinner, Yuzi Chahal. The attack is balanced out with a good quick in Jasprit Bumrah who is the fourth best bowler since World Cup 2015. He is supported by Shami and Kumar.
To top this off they made the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy which was held in England so they’ll go well in these conditions. They’ll also be well supported throughout the tournament, especially at Edgbaston against England.
New Zealand have all the tools required to go close and are again a tournament dark horse.
With the bat they have arguably the best ODI batsman in the world right now. Ross Taylor’s averaging 68.85 since the 2015 World Cup which is second only to Kohli. The Kiwi’s also boast another batsman in the top 10 since the last World Cup, Martin Guptill. He’s averaging a shade over 50 and was the top run scorer in the 2015 World Cup so knows how to perform on the big stage. They also have strength down the order in Latham and Neesham who is a quick scoring big hitter.
Trent Boult leads the bowling attack for the Kiwi’s and he’s the leading wicket taker amongst the quicks with 107 wickets in 54 innings since the 2015 World Cup. He is supported by Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry is a solid rotation play. There is one concern about the attack that they’re over reliant on pace but at 9/1 they are worth an each way play.
New Zealand thumped India in a warm up game at the Oval just five days before the tournament so will be full of confidence.