Former India batsman turned TV analyst VVS Laxman has chosen his top four teams for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, and from them his top two favourites for the title are England, ranked No 1 in ODIs, and India, ranked second.

Speaking on Wednesday in Dubai at the WION Global Summit, Laxman added New Zealand and Pakistan as the other semi-finalists.

“It can’t be called a two-horse race just yet because the competition is going to be tough like the 1992 World Cup that saw 10 teams play each other before the knockout stages but India and England have an edge and will start as favourites to lift the cup,” said Laxman. “It’s not going to be easy but whoever plays well consistently and as a team will lift the cup.” (READ: World Cup 2019: What should India’s bowling attack be?)

Laxman, who played 134 Tests and 86 ODIs, singled out India’s bowlers as vital to their success at in England.

“They have an exciting line-up of fast bowlers who don’t just restrict batsmen but genuinely pick wickets while making batsmen very uncomfortable,” said Laxman.  “Besides, India have been peaking just at the right time. More than their win in Australia, it is the manner in which they won against New Zealand following their Australia tour that speaks of their strength.

New Zealand is a very underrated team and beating them 4-1 is massive. Winning the World Cup will be the icing on the cake,” added Laxman.