This Cricket World Cup was structured so as to ensure India didn’t make an early exit—something that would have been disastrous from the commercial perspective.
The result though has been boringly predictable from the cricketing perspective (barring some hijinks y the Irish). The eight teams that any sane observer would have picked as quarter-finalists before the start of the tournament are indeed in the quarter-finals. And, rather than keep the interest of spectators and viewers alive, the month-long preliminary round has only served to induce fatigue.
Indeed, if India lose their quarter-final match, this could go down in history (at least as far as Indians are concerned) as one of the worst World Cups in recent times.
The move to 10 teams in the next edition of the World Cup will be a welcome one.