This morning I was watching a program on NDTV where Prannoy Roy was having a chat with Imran Khan, Barry Richards & Dean Jones about the World Cup. Here are their ratings of the top teams.
Imran Khan – 1. Australia 2. India 3. Sri Lanka
Barry Richards – 1. Australia 2. India 3. Sri Lanka
Dean Jones – 1. Australia 2. South Africa 3. India
Imran Khan – Ricky Ponting & Yuvraj Singh
Barry Richards – Ricky Ponting & Jacques Kallis
Dean Jones – Adam Gilchrist & Ricky Ponting
Of course since the program was aired on an Indian channel, India featured prominently on everyone’s list! But I think this is an indication that the experts think. The wickets might just favor sub continental teams — Bangladesh’s recent win against NZ is also an early pointer.