Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming who is currently the coach of CSK, has opined that given the great performances of MS Dhoni, the captain of the Indian cricket team, team India has a good chance of retaining the world cup. Although, in an interview published in DNA, he has also said that South Africa are favorites given their form and team composition.
Sharing his experience with MS Dhoni, Fleming said, “He is a special man, isn’t he? He has done special things for India and Chennai. His performances, particularly with the bat, have been phenomenal and inspirational. He has had some captaincy challenges, so he has to find the motivation from within the team to allow these talented players to express themselves at the World Cup. He is going to have to work very hard. And he has also got to get into good form with his wicketkeeping and batting. If he does strike form, then he will be huge component in India winning the World Cup again.”
Highlighting the mental abilities of Dhoni, Fleming stated, “Any player who represents India has got to be mentally strong. The amount of pressure placed on Indian players is immense — the demands, the expectations, the support base, the desire. The way Dhoni conducts himself and the humility he displays towards his fans is incredible. And his passion for the game, which is not overtly on display, is one of his great strengths. He is certainly composed. His game is about high-end performance and the players around him know that.”
Giving opinion on the capabilities of Indian bowlers, he opined, “What India lack is a world-class bowler. You certainly don’t lack strike bowlers. You have very capable bowlers. The spin pair of Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin will have to work hard. Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumara are also very talented. If they can swing the ball and find the right length, they will be a handful. You’ve certainly got a very talented group.”