Former India coach Gary Kirsten has radiated confidence in the defending champions, declaring that they have what it takes to keep the cricket World Cup title. Kirsten told IANS in an interview that India can keep the World Cup. Everyone appears to write off India but that is a very risky thing to do because they know how to play in this type of tough situation. They played extremely well in 2011 and they have a good reference point there.
Kirsten, who guided India to their second World Cup crown at home four years ago, said that they are having a strong batting order. Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni are World Cup winners and know what to do in these circumstances and also they have some real youngsters around. Do not discount them, they know what they are doing.
But he questioned about India’s bowling attack and asked will India hold on to the World Cup with an inexperienced and exhausted bowling attack? Indian Pace bowler Ishant Sharma is out of the World Cup with a health issue and there is a big question mark over the health of pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
The South African, who played 101 Tests and 185 One-Day Internationals (ODI) in an international career ranging from 1993 to 2004, added that every team has domains which will be utilized by the opponent teams. One has to manage that. In the 2011 ICC World Cup there were matches where India did not bat well or bowl well. But India were capable to win matches by doing something right.
When he was asked about his this World Cup favourites for the ongoing 11th version of the ICC World Cup, the former left-handed batsman said Australia, India, South Africa and New Zealand have a good opportunity of lifting the cup.
He was quoted saying: “World Cups are always open-ended but this time Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and India are kind of the top-four. Also, you can never discount Pakistan. It is difficult to predict in World Cups,” said the 47-year-old, who holds the record for the highest individual score in a World Cup game when he scored an unbeaten 188 against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 1996.
Australia, India and South Africa have been in top-three for the last couple of years while New Zealand have come really good before this World Cup. They will play most of the games at home which will be a big factor. All these teams are in form.”
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