With India making it to the pinnacle while riding on the all-round and disciplined show, a prominent face of Indian cricket VVS Laxman is confident of his national team to succeed in the United Kingdom (UK). The Men in Blue will partake in the multi-national tournament, starting May 30 in London.
The 44-year-old Hyderabad veteran reiterated the Virat Kohli-led side is inclusive. It has covered all the basis to witness the healthy competition within the team. From the seniors to the juniors, the team has witnessed players rising against the tide to yield the results as a unit.
“India are a complete side,” Laxman told WION.
India is in good stead ahead of the 2019 World Cup:
Well, as per Laxman, India has peaked at the right time for the quadrennial event. He is delighted and equally satisfied to go through the team combination. He believes the bowling department has excited him for so long.
“Indian team is peaking at the right time,” Laxman said.
Recently, Kohli’s India has clinched the three-match ODI series 2-1 against Australia. Besides, the blue brigade shone on Kiwis shores to rout the Black Caps by 4-1 in the five-match ODI series.
Laxman said India lifting their third overall 50-over World Cup believes it would be a good thing to grab.
According to Laxman, India has done exceedingly well in the traditional and day-long formats. He added India is a team to beat in the forthcoming World Cup.
“The win in Australia Tests followed by ODIs and the way they played in New Zealand shows that this team has got the potential to be world beaters. If they win the World Cup, they would have ticked all the boxes. At the moment they have done well in Test cricket and in ODI tournaments as well. Winning World Cup will be the icing on the cake,” Laxman added.
India ready on all fronts:
In the recent past, the top-order batsmen; Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli have done their job umpteen times. However, the concern has been the middle-order line-up which although delivered goods, late.
Furthermore, the batsmen have plugged in the loopholes while contributing to take an attack on the opposition.
“It’s not only the batting department. What’s exciting is their bowling department, especially the fast bowlers which is a matter of pride,” Laxman remarked.
With India kicking off their campaign on June 5 against South Africa in Southampton, Laxman stressed the job is to stem the run flow and pick wickets.
“You have got resources which can not only restrict the flow of runs but pick wickets and challenge the batsmen, making them look uncomfortable at crease,” Laxman added.
Although, it would be interesting to see how India’s fast bowling combination would deliver in the English condition. Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah will be at the helm of affairs to dictate his terms.
Bumrah is all set to make a return in the impending limited-over series against Australia, commencing from February 24 in Visakhapatnam.
On the other side, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and much-improved white-ball bowler Mohammed Shami also eyeing to leave an impact in England during the ODI showpiece event.