The wait is over! The much-anticipated Cricket World Cup 2019 has kicked off with the hosts England facing off against South Africa at the Oval on Thursday. Ahead of the first delivery being bowled, several former popular cricketers of the two teams, some of them legends, who have handled the pressure of the big stage, expressed their excitement and conveyed their best wishes to the participants. Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith, AB de Villiers, Morne Morkel, James Anderson, Nasser Hussain, Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad, Herschelle Gibbs, Luke Wright, among others took to Twitter on the occasion as the 46-day tournament went on floors.
From making predictions about who they will feel will win and by what margin, to using hashtags like #ProteaFire to boost the Proteas, or tweeting #WeAreEngland, the cricketers sent a strong message to the boys. Here are the former players’ reactions: