India have ‘a excellent, balanced’ World Cup squad – Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid, the previous India captain, believed India’s latest 2-3 loss to Australia in a domestic one-day worldwide collection may have little touching on their ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 marketing campaign.
After securing a 2-0 lead within the five-healthy collection remaining month, India didn’t include a resurgent Australian outfit and lost three video games on trot. However, that changed into an aberration – their incredible shape over the last few years has propelled them to No. 2 on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings, and they may be considered one of the favourites for the World Cup.
“In the remaining 30 months, India has been gambling sincerely properly, and the loss, a whole lot to the credit [of] the manner Australia performed, came at the back give up of a totally busy series,” he told Times of India.
“We have the proper aggregate for the World Cup. If India wins the World Cup, we will now not be traumatic approximately who won 2-three or 3-2. There could be an bizarre series that India will lose. But the [ICC] ratings show that India is there and should win the World Cup to come to be No.1.”
Inevitably, Dravid was asked of the India’s 15-guy World Cup squad, and the decision to drop Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant, but he believed India’s squad is so nicely-balanced that it may not remember in the end. “India has a excellent, balanced crew for this World Cup,” he stated.
“[They have] a number of mixtures, lot of options. It is a question of them appearing inside the tournament. You can continually argue one or instances, one or names. The crew has been picked, [now] lower back it and hope they do certainly properly.”
England final hosted a World Cup in 1999, and Dravid, who changed into the best run-scorer in that edition, with 461 runs at sixty five.Eighty five and two centuries, said the situations would be hugely different now. “I anticipate the games to be absolutely special than in 1999, when England last hosted the World Cup, which turned into a barely low-scoring affair,” he recalled.
“This World Cup will possibly be a much excessive scoring one, and India is nicely prepared for that. English situations have actually modified, mainly for ODIs. We have been there remaining 12 months for [an] ‘A’ series, and the ratings had been certainly high – 300 become par rating, and became being chased continuously.
“ODIs have changed in England and [you] cannot go together with the typical attitude that it’ll be the antique English conditions [of swing and seam]. Wickets have become flatter, encouraging higher ratings.”