Former Indian skipper ‘Little master’ Sunil Gavaskar felt that the International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup 2015 beginning on 14th February in Australia and New Zealand will be “most competitive” version ever as many teams can win the tournament.
Sunil Gavaskar who played in four World Cups (1975, 79, 83 and 87) asked will Australia do it this time, or New Zealand, who are gelling and merging so well under the captaincy of Brendon McCullum? Will India be able to retain their title? Or will South Africa finally swallow it?
He wrote in his Foreword for the book Cricket World Cup that nowhere has the International Cricket Council World Cup been so tough to forecast as this one with many teams desiring their opportunities and it will possibly be the most competitive World Cup ever.
Sunil Gavaskar said that One Day International (ODI) cricket has modified a lot since the 1970s and the Indian squad has also changed from just playing for enjoyment in those early days to becoming one of the best quality teams in the whole world.
He wrote: “…limited overs cricket in 1970s was quite different from what it is today. Firstly it was played in white clothes with a red ball and with no 30 metre circle or any other field restrictions. Neither were bouncers restricted to two per over, and for the first three World Cups it was a 60 overs-a-side-game. The boundaries were right up to the fence at the ground and sixes were not hit too often as now. It was a different game then.”
He added that it had its own obstacles, and toughest one for Indian squad was to take the ODI format as seriously as ‘grammar of cricket’ Test match format. It was after the Indian squad took part in a tri-series in Australia in 1980-81 where they played 5 games against each other teams that they start to think about strategies and how to win a match.