ICC World Cup 2019: India Still Favourites, Don’t Read Too Much Into Australia Loss – Anil Kumble
Former Indian National Cricket team coach Anil Kumble feels there is no need to read too much into the recent snub against Australia in the five-match series. Meanwhile, the hosts lost the series 3-2 after going 2-0 up at the start. Despite the loss, Kumble believes India is still one of the title contenders in the upcoming ICC World Cup.
Meanwhile, the men in blues suffered one of the most humiliating series loss in recent times. It is also their first ODI series loss under the leadership of Virat Kohli. India failed to chase down a target of 273 runs set by the Aussies. They lacked partnerships as the top-order has struggled for consistency while the middle-order woes once again rose up. Post the loss, there has been a lot of talk regarding the current state of the Indian team but former skipper Anil Kumble believes there is no need to read too much into the loss.
Kumble feels this will have no bearing on the World Cup and it is a whole different thing. For Kumble, it is essential to start the tournament on a high note and get into the groove at the right time.
“I don’t think you can consider this series win or a loss in context to the World Cup because the World Cup is a totally different kettle of fish,” he told CricketNext. “It all depends on how you start off in the World Cup. This time the format is such where you play everyone and you get enough matches to get into the groove. You need to peak at the right time in the World Cup as well,” he added.
India will still be a title contender
Many cricket pundits have rated Indian National Cricket team as one of the potential favourites of the upcoming showpiece event in England Wales. The tournament commences from May 30 with England facing South Africa. The men in blues will begin their campaign against the Proteas as well on June 5. Anil Kumble feels India will remain one of the strong contenders and will have enough matches to get going.
“India will still remain a strong contender in the World Cup because the format is such where you have enough matches for you to get your team going. I think the team is capable of winning the World Cup and this team certainly has all the credentials,” he concluded.
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