Former England Captain, Michael Vaughan has come out and stated that India could very well go onto to win the ICC Cricket World Cup next year in England and become the 50-overs world champions.
Vaughan made the remark on Thursday, July 12, when playing the first ODI of the 3-match series in Trent Bridge, India reaffirm their status as a force in the white ball game by heavily beating the home side.
Bowling first, Virat Kohli's men restricted England for a modest total of 268 on a really flat Nottingham surface, owing purely to the mesmerising spell by Kuldeep Yadav. The 23-year-old bowled nothing but beautiful, classical wrist-spin to pick 6 wickets for just 25 runs and made the telling impact on the game.
India chased down the target easily in the 41st over, with Rohit Sharma scoring a brilliant 137* from just 114 balls and bringing up his 18th ODI hundred in the process. Rohit got able support from Virat Kohli, who himself made a valiant 75 from 82 and helped secure an easy win in the end. India played like the world-class all conditions force that they are in limited overs cricket and got praised by one and all.
Vaughan took to the social media network Twitter and wrote, "If conditions are dry next summer I think we are watching the World champions in action today ...... Your guess which team !???? #ENGvIND"
Vaughan is right. India look set to win the ongoing series against the no.1 ODI side in the world and is playing a brand of white ball cricket that makes them the hot contenders to lift the trophy in the game's biggest marquee event in less than a year's time.