Former India captain Anil Kumble is keeping his hopes alive about India retaining the World Cup which they had won at home four years ago in Mumbai, saying the team’s success relies on “holding the nerves” in crunch situations. It is pertinent to add that former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly had just insisted yesterday that in order to set things right for the Indian bowling attack, the services of veteran leg spinner, Anil Kumble must be obtained.
Kumble said, “If things go well and we qualify for the knock outs, then it’s a matter of holding your nerve and doing the best on that day. And India has done that in the last World Cup.”
When asked to give his preferences on the team he thinks will lift the trophy, Kumble said India and the two hosts lead the race, with South Africa a close fourth.
He clarified, “The heart says India, but we can’t discount the home teams Australia and New Zealand.” He added that the South Africans are also serious contenders if they can overcome the “question marks on their mind”.
However, two other former Indian cricketers, VVS Laxman and 2011 World Cup Winning team member Harbhajan Singh have clearly questioned India’s ability to bowl at the death in limited overs cricket. Both of them feel India’s chances of regaining the title in Australia & New Zealand will depend on how our bowling holds up in the final overs of an innings.
There is no doubt that the competition is really tough out there but the recent exposure for our bowlers on the bouncy pitches will prove useful, especially keeping in view our rock solid batting line-up. After all ours is one of the best ODI teams in the world.