As the 2019 ODI World Cup approaches, all the teams have started to prepare their teams for the mega event. In ODIs, some teams have been great right from the beginning of this format, while some others have been rising quickly through the ranks to challenge the primary 8 of the game.
Here we present you top 10 teams which have the best win ratios in ODIs (for the comfort, we will consider teams who have played a minimum of 100 matches:
Bangladesh debuted in the year 1986. Initially, the found it a lot tougher to compete with the older and stronger teams of the game. But from the last decade, they have been able to unearth some real talents, and hence their results also have begun to improve. Some of the players like Shakib Al Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and others have been really good for Bangladesh. For the first time, they have been able to qualify directly for the World Cup 2019. This shows their rise in the cricket world.
Debuted in 2006, Ireland has performed quite well as a newbie during this period. Most famous among them being their heroics against England during 2011 World Cup, when they chased down the daunting target of 328 set by England, with the help of the heroics of Kevin O Brian, who scored the then fastest century in the history of World Cups. Ireland has also produced some quality players like Neil O Brian, William Porterfield, Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce and others. It is a pity that they failed to qualify into the top 10 teams for the World Cup 2019, and hence we won’t see them in action in the upcoming World Cup.
New Zealand has been among the premier teams of the game, having played more than 700 matches. They have performed really well in the recent World Cups. Initially, the burden of the whole team was on the shoulders of a few greats like Richard Hadlee, Martin Crowe and few others. But from the last decade or two, they have produced some really exciting cricketers like Stephen Fleming, Nathan Astle, Scott Styris, Jacob Oram, Shane Bond, Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum and few others. The present generations of cricketers from New Zealand are even better. They include Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Trent Boult, Martin Guptill, Tim Southee to name a few. With the present set of cricketers, they have the ability to beat any team in any condition. And hence they are a serious force to look out for in the upcoming World Cup.
Sri Lanka has been among the greats of the game, having won the World Cup in 1996. They have produced some all time greats of the game like Sanath Jaysuriya, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Tilakratne Dilshan, Mutthiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas to name a few. But they are going through a transformation phase after the retirement of the greats. And they are struggling a bit at the moment. They somehow escaped the embarrassment of being put into the qualifiers for the World Cup. It would be interesting to see how they fare in the upcoming mega event.
England is the founder of the game of cricket. They have been known for some extraordinary display of cricket on occasions, but regularly failing to make the cut in the mega event. They have been through to the finals a few times, but on most occasions, they failed to make a serious impact. England has also produced some of the greats like Ian Botham, Bob Willis, Michael Atherton, Andrew Flintoff, Naser Hussain, Paul Collingwood, Kevin Pietersen, Alaistar Cook, Ian Bell, James Anderson,Stuart Broad and some others. The present team of England is known to play aggressive brand of cricket. Present stars like Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Alex Hales, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow force the world to take a look upon their potential. With the next World Cup being held in England And Wales, they have ahuge chance to win the cup for the very first time.
Once a world conqueror, the fall of West Indian cricket has been a concern for the ardent cricket lovers. West Indies is known for a ferocious brand of really fast bowling. The flag bearers were mainly Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Joel Garner, Malcolm Marshall, Curtly Ambrose, Courney Walsh. Their batting also possessed the greats like Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Alvin Kallicharan, Clive Lloyd, Brian Lara, Shivnarine Chanderpaul to name a few. They were unstoppable during the first two World Cups, winning both of them and almost winning the third. But from the last decade, they have seen a rapid drop in their performance due to the lack of such quality players and some internal clashes with their cricket board. They managed to somehow qualify for the WC 2019. All cricket lovers are hoping that the glory days of West Indian Cricket come back soon.
India has been one of the major powerhouses of cricket. The sport is extremely popular in the country, with people even considering the game to be their religion. India has always been a batting powerhouse, producing a great deal of glorious and extra-ordinary batsmen like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar, Gundappa Viswanath, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma to name a few. Winner of two World Cups, India has produced some really good bowlers like Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan, Ajit Agarkar and some others. But from the last few years, India has been able to unearth some really good bowlers like Bhuvaneswar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Yuzavendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and a few others. With such a powerpacked batting and bowling line up, they are one of the favourites to win the upcoming World Cup.
The most unpredictable team in the present cricketing world, Pakistan has the reputation of winning the most difficult clashes and losing the easiest ones. But they will always be known for the brand of fast bowlers that they produce, Wasim Akram, Irfan Khan, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Amir to name a few. A few great batsmen have also come up from the nation like Inzamam ul Haq, Javed Miadad, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah ul Haq and some others. Winner of the 1992 World Cup under the leadership of Irfan Khan, Pakistan may surprise everyone and clinch the cup, as they did in the Champions Trophy 2017. It would be really interesting to look at their performance in the WC 2019.
South Africa has been one of the most consistent teams of cricket. After their return into international cricket in 1992, they have been absolutely magnificent. Boasting of many world class players like Jacque Kallis, Shaun Pollock, Makhaya Ntini, Lance Klusener, Dale Steyn, Graeme Smith, Hershelle Gibbs, Jonty Rhodes, Mark Boucher, AB De Villiers, Faf DuPlessis, Hashim Amla and many more, they were expected to win the cup a few times. But everytime they fail at a very critical situation, which has earned them the tagname of ‘chokers’. And they would desperately want to remove that tag by winning the WC 2019. And as always, they would also be one of the favourites of winning the cup.
Australia has undoubtedly been the best team of the game. They have always dominated the game. Known to play ruthless cricket, they have always produced cricketing greats. Ricky Ponting, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thompson, Brett Lee, Michael Clarke, Michael Bevan, Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Damien Martyn are some of them. They have always performed well in the big tournaments, winning 5 World Cups. And as always, they are also favourites to win the next World Cup.