Former Indian captain Dilip Vengsarkar believes that India has a great chance to win the upcoming Cricket World Cup in England and Wales.
The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup is ready to begin on 30th May and it will run till 14th July. England and Wales are ready to host this ten-team tournament. Many experts believe that the host side England and the two-time World Cup champions India are the favourite sides for the upcoming Cricket World Cup.
Dilip Vengsarkar, who was a member of India’s 1983 Cricket World Cup-winning squad, also believes that India has a great chance to win the upcoming Cricket World Cup. He is confident that India will play the semi-finals in this upcoming tournament.
Dilip Vengsarkar recently told according to PTI, “India has got a fantastic chance to win the World Cup. At least last four they will go definitely. But the final, I can’t predict to be honest. But we have got extreme potential and all the players are (in) good form.”
India will begin their upcoming World Cup journey on 5th June when they will face South Africa at Southampton.
Under Kapil Dev‘s captaincy, India won their first ever Cricket World Cup in 1983 in England. 28 years later, India won their second Cricket World Cup under MS Dhoni‘s captaincy. At present, the no.2-ranked ODI side India is in a great form under Virat Kohli’s captaincy.
Sachin Tendulkar is hopeful about the T20 Mumbai League
Meanwhile, the second season of T20 Mumbai League will begin on this 14th May. While Sachin Tendulkar is the brand ambassador of this tournament, Vengsarkar and Sunil Gavaskar are mentors of this league.
Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar lauded the T20 Mumbai League. He believes that it will soon evolve as the essential league in Indian domestic cricket.
Tendulkar said, “T20 Mumbai League is soon going to be a league that most of the players from across the nation will want to participate in. For so many years, the (way) Ranji Trophy team has played, if given a choice a number of players would have wanted to be part of Mumbai Ranji Trophy because the brand of cricket was different and everyone wanted to be part of it.”
Sachin Tendulkar believes that Mumbai has enough talent at the present moment. He is also confident about the future success of Mumbai cricketers.
He said, “I don’t think we are down in the dumps at all. There have been occasions where we have gone to the semis and final (in the Ranji Trophy). I feel with this T20 League’s performance, as Mr (Sunil) Gavaskar put it correctly, a number of careers started.”
Tendulkar further added, “I think 4-5 players were picked up by IPL teams to represent their teams. I think it’s a beginning when we compare ourselves to someone like Punjab who has 14 players playing for various teams (in the IPL). I am sure we can get there. We have got good talent here in Mumbai cricket. It is all about opportunities and I keep coming back to that.”
I am pretty certain that there will be many more coming from T20 Mumbai League – Sunil Gavaskar
On the other hand, Sunil Gavaskar is confident that many more talent will be seen in the upcoming T20 Mumbai League season.
He said, “Shivam Dube got an IPL contract after (playing in T20 Mumbai League), Suryakumar Yadav also got a big contract and I am pretty certain that there will be many more coming from this league, who will be wanted by the IPL franchises for the next season.”
Shivam Dube was the Player of the tournament in the inaugural season of T20 Mumbai League. He was the fourth most run-scorer in that tournament as he scored 213 runs with an average of 71.00. Also, the right-arm medium pacer was the joint leading wicket-taker in that tournament (12 wickets with an average of 22.25).
Later, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bought him for INR 5 crore from the 2019 IPL Auction.