‘India will win 2019 World Cup’

'India will win 2019 World Cup' India got a nine wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first ODI at Dambulla. Indian left arm spinner Axar Patel was one of the crucial bowlers of the match by securing 3 wickets for just 34 runs.

After being asked about his feelings when he was brought back to the squad he said, “I am really happy to be back in the team after six or seven months, I was not too worried about making a comeback, I thought that I would continue the same way as I used to perform earlier, when playing for India.”

Axar was also asked about the game plan after the first wicket partnership went down; he replied, “Initially I planned to contain the Sri Lankan batsmen as they were scoring at a high rate and even I needed two overs to settle down, then I decided to go for wickets and felt really good when I got my first wicket after two overs.”

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Axar also praised Shikhar Dhawan’s 132 runs knock, as he said, “Really happy to see Dhawan scoring and he deserved the man of the match and it feels good when the entire team is performing to their level best in every department, and are not dependent on individuals.”

Patel further reckoned about the significant changes in the team through a period of seven months when he was absent, “All players are young with the average age of 26-27 so I think this is a main factor and everyone is enjoying each other’s company. There is unity in the team which is helping us to get up together so I think this team will win the 2019 ICC World Cup.”

Sakib Ahmed