Stephen Fleming, former Black Caps captain feels that Title holders India are not among the front-runners to win the 2015 World Cup which is to be held in Australia and New Zealand.

Fleming’s logic for leaving out India from his list of Cup favourites is simple. They won the coveted trophy four years ago at their home , and this time Australia and New Zealand are the favourates for the same reason.

“I will give you top four teams. New Zealand and Australia because they play at home. South Africa are in good form, the fourth place is a bit difficult. It could be anyone — India, Pakistan, West Indies, Sri Lanka. So I am going to go with Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and fight for the fourth spot,” Fleming told PTI at a get together organised by appliance major Fisher & Paykel.

He went to elaborate his point of view.

“I would just put it down to familiarity. Sri Lanka and India were the finalists last time. It was a very close contest. For the upcoming edition, there is quite a small difference among teams,” said the 41-year-old, who has been the coach of Chennai Super Kings for the last six editions.

India won the 2011 edition in familiar conditions but Down Under their pacers must perform well to make things easier for them. All win depend on India’s bowling unit on how far can India reach in the World Cup, we all the that their batting line up is World Class.

Fleming feels Ms Dhoni’s and India’s containing the batsman strategy won’t work in Australia and New Zealand, and bowlers, especially the faster ones, will have to provide regular breakthroughs.

“The rules have changed from back then, so that changes things a lot,” he said, referring to the current rule of only four fielders, outside the 30-yard circle.

“India’s fast bowlers are not that bad but the emphasis does need to be on taking wickets, through both pace and spin.

 

  • SHARE
    Cricket is my Passion, CA is my Career. Love watching cricket,and love my stats.

    Related Posts

    Here’s The Daily Sports Round Up From Around The Globe on 24th October, 2017

    Here is Sportzwiki’s daily news round-up, featuring top sports news from around the world, on 24th October 2017. Here’s all the news from sporting events, as...
    India Vs New Zealand, Virat Kohli 200th ODI, Wankhede Crowd, Rousing Welcome, Men in Blue

    IND vs NZ 2017, 2nd ODI: India’s Predicted XI

    New Zealand defeated India by six wickets in the first ODI at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, courtesy a brilliant partnership between Ross Taylor...

    IPL: Scrapped Franchise Kochi Tuskers Wins Arbitration against BCCI

    Kochi Tuskers Kerala, who was one of the two teams alongside Pune Warriors India to play the 2011 franchise-based tournament Indian Premier League (IPL)...

    Kapil Dev to Deliver the Inaugural Dalmiya Lecture

    1983 World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev will deliver the first Jagmohan Dalmiya Memorial Lecture which will be held on November 14. The event...

    Branded Entertainment For Film On 1983 Cricket World Cup

    Mumbai, Oct 24 (IANS) In-film and co-marketing deals, strategic partnerships and creation of intellectual property and merchandise -- all this has been planned as part...