India, Lanka and South Africa lead World Cup predictions

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Mumbai, Feb 16 (PTI) India have a razor-thin edge overco-hosts Sri Lanka and South Africa as predicted favouritesfor the coveted World Cup crown while defending championsAustralia came fourth in the indicator.

India have a 22 per cent chance to emerge as champions,followed by South Africa and Sri Lanka with a 21 per centchance while four-time winners Australia, despite their recentreturn to form, only managed to round off the top four teamsexpected to win the title, according to the newly launchedCastrol Predictor.

Commenting on the predictions, 1983 World Cup heroMohinder Amarnath said though he did not believe in statisticstotally, the factors that have gone into the predictions havethrown up some interesting insights, a media release saidtoday.

"While all of us are hoping India will lift the Cup, itis always wise to have a neutral statistical viewpoint on whois likely to lift the coveted trophy on April 2nd," saidAmarnth, who was a key member of Kapil Dev''s victorious team28 years ago.

"Personally, I have never been inclined to believe instatistics completely, but the Castrol Index does provide someinteresting insights that a normal cricket fan would otherwisemiss," he added.

According to the index, India led the batting departmentwhile Sri Lanka seemed to have the edge over all othercompetitors when it comes to bowling. (More) PTI SSR VKV SHN

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