Well, before any cricketing event, most of the fans look forward to the observations of many of the former India captains, especially Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, whose opinions are vital. Rahul Dravid on Thursday has observed that the upcoming World Cup is going to be a challenge for the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team, which should hope for the Australian and New Zealand wickets to remain slow and supportive of spin.
He said “It’s going to be a challenge, it is not easy. You are playing in very different conditions.”
Although most of the Australian wickets were slow during the recently-concluded Test series but Dravid hopes the pitches behave in the same manner to assist India’s most potent weapon, spin. He stated “That’s the advantage India has, if the wickets stay slower and lower as we have seen in the Test matches, then the spinners will come into the mix and India can afford to play two and even three spinners.”
However, he also highlighted the fact that the track at Adelaide was slow and it was altogether different from the fast one in Brisbane. He also relied on the fact that India just need three good days of performance with right combination to reach semi-final stage.
Pointing towards the possible challenge expected from hosts Australia and New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan Dravid emphasized the need to be cautious as they have 60-70 per cent chance to lift the cup. He elaborated “It is going to be who handles pressure better and who handles the must-win games better. India will make to the quarter final, and I think they have got the players to do it.”
Dravid, also expressed faith on Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and also supported Shikhar Dhawan , whom he believed that be given more time to perform. He admitted that the bowling has been comparatively weak in the recent past, but pointed out that the return of Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja was a positive development.
Dravid added “I am not overly worried about form right now. We had a few issues with injuries with couple of batsmen and bowlers getting injured, it’s been hard for them, but I am not overly concerned.”
Dravid also emphasized that in order to win the world Cup, Team India needs good performance by at least 6 players. After all, Dhoni and Kohli cannot win the cup alone.