01 October, 2020

Too Many Specialists, But No All-Rounders

Master blaster K. Srikkanth puts his money on India, prepared to lose

Too Many Specialists, But No All-Rounders
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The Wills World Cup is the most open tournament since the quadrennial limited-overs world championship began in 1975. For thefirst time, there can be no clear favourites.

There are plus and minus points of playing at home. On balance I would rate India’s chances as good; nothing more and nothing less. But it is going to be very tough to win this title with so many strong contenders around, particularly Australia, who should pose the strongest challenge in our group. The problem for India playing at home is always the heightened expectations of the crowds here. And there is tremendous hype in the media surrounding this event, more than I have seen at any previous World Cup. All this can prove to be an extra burden on our cricketers.

The record books will show that Indian teams traditionally perform better abroad in one-day games, particularly our bowlers. This is because the conditions in both England and Australia are conducive to our medium-pace bowlers. This was proved by our victories both in the Prudential World Cup in England in 1983 and at...

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