The last three editions of the Men’s Cricket World Cup were won by the host nation, and bookmakers expect that trend to continue in India this year.
India remains cricket’s undisputed powerhouse, particularly in the 50-over format. The Asian nation has only lost one bilateral ODI series at home since the previous World Cup four years ago, while the team is fresh off a triumphant Asia Cup campaign, thumping Sri Lanka by treh wickets in the final.
Ahead of next month’s World Cup, India has one final opportunity to finetune their preparation and cement their strongest starting XI, with three ODIs against Australia in Mohali, Indore and Rajkot.
Australia is the only team that has defeated India in a bilateral ODI series in their own backyard since 2016, having achieved the rare feat earlier this year. The two nations will face off again in their World Cup opener at Chennai’s MA…