A look at the groupings and a glance at the squads and it is clear that the tenth edition of the World Cup wears a very open look. There can be no outright favourites as was the case on most previous occasions. It doesn't matter if the favourites did not go on to win the trophy but on form and reputation they were installed as favourites like the West Indies in 1975, 1979 and 1983, India and Pakistan in 1987, Australia in 1992 and Australia again in 2003 and 2007. Only in 1996 and 1999 were there no clear cut favourites and while Sri Lanka won on the first occasion as outsiders Australia were not exactly outsiders when they won on the second occasion - the first of three successive triumphs.
Indeed going by what has been witnessed over the years one wouldn't be surprised to see shock results at the preliminary stage itself. David getting the better of Goliath always makes for interesting news and the World Cup has seen its share of surprising, shocking and sensational results. WithRead More »from Expect some upsets this World Cup