World’s biggest cricket tournament is back at its home but is the trophy coming to the Englishmen too? Or India are set to win their third title? Well, we would certainly need to wait for July 14 to know the answer.
One stat that could give us some insights into who could be considered as favourites for winning the once in a four-year event, is how the teams have fared in England, specifically between the World Cup 2015 and the current edition.
Looking at the table, the home team, England, seems to be the clear favourite, enjoying conditions they have played their most cricket on, the boys in “beautiful kit” (in Stuart Broad’s words), have won 34 of their 47 games with an incredible win-loss ratio of 3.77.
The second team on the list is the men in blue. India have played a total of 8 games here, winning 4 and losing 4. The two-time World Cup winner lost out in the Finals of the 2017 Champions Trophy tournament hosted here.
Pakistan have though won a game more (5) than arch-rivals India, their win-loss ratio is just slightly over 0.5, having won 5, lost 9 in the 15 ODIs they have played in English stadiums. This includes their recent drubbing at the hands of England, where they lost even after scoring a mammoth 361, falling 12 runs short of England’s 373. Not to forget, Pakistan had decimated India in the Champion’s Trophy 2017 final.
Bangladesh have won a mare game here, a historic win against Kiwis in a Champions Trophy encounter. Bangladesh chased down the target of 266 with 16 balls left. They have lost 2 games in England out of a total of 4.
South Africa are tied at number 4 in the list with Bangladesh. They have won two games here out of six, a win/loss ratio of 0.5. Their two wins have come against Sri Lanka and England.
The Kiwis have won just two games on the English soil out of 6 attempts over the last four years. They had a forgetful ICC Champions trophy 2019, where they lost two of their 3 group stage fixtures with the third won producing no results. Their two wins come against England in a five-match ODI series 2015, a natch-up they eventually lost 2-3.
Australia have an abysmal record in their biggest rival’s home turf. In their 2018 tour of England, the Aussies were handed an embarrassing 4-1 defeat, which included them being at the receiving end of a historic 481 run-fest! The team from down-under has won just 3 matches, out of their 13 since World Cup 2015, a win-loss ratio of 0.375.
The Lankans managed to win just one game in their 8 attempts here. In the 2016 tour, England beat them 3 to nothing, with one match ending in a tie, while another called off due to bad weather. Sri Lanka have a win-loss ratio of 0.2.
West Indies, who failed to qualify for the previous Champions Trophy tournament, are back in England to prove their mettle. The team has unsuccessfully played five matches here in the last four years, while one game ended without producing any result.