Rahul Dravid Feels Virat Kohli’s Team India Will Peak at the Right Time
Former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid has termed Virat Kohli-led Team India as one of the favourites for the 2019 World Cup in England. He’s equally hopeful to see the Men in Blue continuing with their dominance before going into the quadrennial event.
“I think India are playing very good cricket at the moment and go in as one of the favourites,” PTI quoted Dravid as saying.
The 46-year-old veteran Dravid has expected his national side to peak in at the right time to make it big in the ICC’s marquee event.
“Hopefully, we will peak in the next few months,” Dravid added.
So much so, India is ranked second on the list of ICC’s ODI team rankings. Recently, under the leadership of Kohli, India thrashed Australia in the 50-over format before beating New Zealand at their home. Concurrently, with a match to go, the visitors lead the five-match series 3-1.
However, the cricketing pundits opined India is the team to beat in the coveted event of ICC. The World Cup will kick off when hosts England takes on Faf du Plessis’ South Africa on May 30 in London.
Flat wickets for the 2019 World Cup?
Moreover, the former ever-reliant batsman Dravid has shed light on English conditions. He cited the example of India A while reiterating it’s going to be a high-scoring global event. He added the things are far different what it used to be during his heydays.
“Wickets will be very flat in England and I expect it to be quite a high-scoring World Cup. When we were in England with A team, 300 was regularly scored,” Dravid maintained.
The comparison should be brushed aside: Rahul Dravid
Interestingly, in the 199 World Cup which was won by Australia. The right-handed batsman Dravid amassed 461 runs while facing a Duke ball in English conditions. He stated there stands no comparison when it comes to the World Cups of two different eras.
The Indore-born stalwart Dravid believes the amendments in the gentleman’s game has taken place thereon.
“A lot more runs will be scored compared to the 1999 World Cup, where we used the Dukes white ball. The white Kookaburra with two new balls, revised field restrictions (different Powerplays) are different. So, you can’t compare the two World Cups,” Dravid said.
Earlier, the Proteas skipper du Plessis has termed Men in Blue and England as favourites for the upcoming 2019 World Cup.
The top-order batsman Dravid has himself represented India in 344 ODIs, 164 Tests and a solitary T20I between 1996 and 2012.
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