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Pakistan's World Cup jinx against India & England, South Africa's horror history

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India May 17, 2019, 04.14 PM (IST)

Cricket, a game of bat-and-ball played between two teams of eleven players on a field with plenty of guidelines and rules, requires sheer hard work. In spite of that, luck plays an important role. 

Australia have been the most successful team in World Cup history after winning it five times but there have been teams which were down on their luck. 

Pakistan, South Africa and England have been unlucky in their World Cup outings but in the upcoming tournament, all three will be looking to somehow beat the jinx associated with them. 

Pakistan's jinx in Indo-Pak rivalry...

The India-Pakistan rivalry is one of the most celebrated rivalries in cricket and the fans go beyond all the boundaries to support their respective teams and when it comes to the bigger stage, the World Cup, the madness increases. 

Since 1992, India and Pakistan have locked horns for a total of six times in Cricket World Cup but Pakistan have never defeated India. 

However, Pakistan veteran Moin Khan believes this is going to end at this World Cup. 

"This present team is very capable of recording a first win over India in a World Cup because there is talent, there are depth and variety and Sarfaraz Ahmed has now gelled the squad well," Moin said. 

"I say this because our boys beat them (India) in the Champions Trophy two years back and I just feel that in English conditions in June we have better bowlers," Moin added.

In the upcoming World Cup, India and Pakistan will play again on June 16 at the Old Trafford. 

South Africa and the World Cup pressure!

When it comes to the South African team's run at mega tournaments like the ICC Cricket World Cup, history has proven how inconsistent they have been when it comes to handling the pressure. 

The last time the Proteas had managed to win any big tournament was way back in 1998 when South Africa lifted the inaugural ICC Champions Trophy. 

However, the South African paceman Dale Steyn is confident that his side can end their Cricket World Cup jinx and get to the final in this edition.
"If you're not going to the World Cup expecting to win, then you probably shouldn't go. But I'm not going to lie, we have some fantastic players. We just need to go there and hope (for) a bit of luck - weather, a missed no-ball - goes your way, and you could win the tournament",  said Steyn.

Will England lift the World Cup trophy?

England, boasting a plethora of big-hitting white-ball specialists, are the top-ranked team in the 50-over game and will undoubtedly start the tournament as favourites. 

England have never won a men's World Cup, with the last of their three losing appearances in the final coming in 1992.

A limp first-round departure at the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand was the catalyst for a transformation in England's white-ball game based on aggressive batting, as exemplified by the likes of Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler.

England are now even threatening to smash the 500-run barrier for the first time in an ODI innings, having set a new record total of 481 for six against Australia in Nottingham last year. 

England have hosted the World Cup four times previously, and this will be the fifth Cup to be hosted by them. 

Their best performances were in 1979, 1987 and 1992 when they ended up being the runner-ups.  

Former captain Alastair Cook believes England have an "outstanding chance" to lift the World Cup on home soil. 

"There are match winners throughout the squad, there are batsmen that can win games on their own, and over the last six or eight months the bowling has really come on. I think they are going to win it", Cook said.

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Pakistan, South Africa and England have been unlucky in their World Cup outings but in the upcoming tournament, all three will be looking to somehow beat the jinx associated with them