India are favourites to lift ICC World Cup 2015, says Brad Hogg

Shashi / 02 March 2015

Brad Hogg, the former Australia left-arm bowler is in amazement of the current Indian cricket squad’s fielding capabilities and felt the defending champions (India) are a “big tournament team” and have become the dark horses to clinch the World Cup. Hogg said that the thing which impressed him most about the defending champions is their fielding skills. The time when he was playing they really felt they can get some extra runs on the ground, they can take them on in the boundary. 

The former chinaman bowler added that they have seen against South Africa the other night that they had two important run outs of AB de Villiers and David Miller that flipped the match around. That extra pressure on the field is going to help their bowlers and batters. That is why he feels they are beginning to become the dark knights for the World Cup.  Hogg said India, with three consecutive victories so far, have gotten over the setback of their disheartening Australia tour that preceded the World Cup.

Hogg said that India are big tournament squad. He thinks they possibly have settled down. They have had two months there and all their planning and schedule on how to go about in Australian conditions are working.

Brad Hogg, who was part of two World Cup winning Australian sides in 2003 and 2007, was quoted saying: “They have started to bowl better in Australian conditions, their spinners are bowling well as well. It is a lot different here then bowling in India. Their batters are have also started getting used to the extra bounce. But they will be tested against the West Indies next Friday when they come up against pace and bounce on the fast WACA wicket.”


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