India are one of the favourites to win WC 2019, says Dravid
Virat Kohli & Co are ‘certainly’ one of the favourites to lift this World Cup, according to gentleman of the game, Rahul Dravid. India are ranked No. 2 in the latest ICC rankings and their series winning record is impressive either, winning 14 of their last 15 ODI series. India won their first World Cup trophy in England beating West Indies in 1983.
Dravid who played a part in the World Cup that was hosted by England in 1999 says that tournament will be entirely different to this year’s event. The legendary cricketer believes India can lift third World Cup. “The wickets will be very different compared to 1999, they’ve become very flat. I expect it to be a very high-scoring World Cup.
We went with India A last year, and 300 was regularly scored, so it’ll be a lot more high-scoring than 1999. We used the Duke’s ball then, now it’s Kookaburra… plus two new balls and field restrictions are there, so we can’t compare the World Cups,” he added.
“But India are playing very good cricket and definitely go in as one of the favourites. Hopefully, the boys can peak over the next few months.”
Not worried about KL Rahul’s form: Dravid
Though KL Rahul has been out of form for the past couple of months, Dravid insists he isn’t worried about his form.The India A coach added in a statement: “I have no doubt that Rahul has quality and ability. He’s playing the four-dayers [against the Lions], and he’s proven he can succeed in the international level in all three formats. He’s one player who has hundreds in T20Is, Tests and ODIs so I’m not worried about his form.”
Indian captain spoke about team’s chances of lifting the World Cup last month, adding that his team will need to be at their ‘devastatingly best’ to win the trophy. “In a tournament like a World Cup you have to start well. We will have to create momentum because it’s a long tournament with a lot of group games,” the India skipper added.
“We’re just fine tuning everything at the moment but every team will need to be at their best – their intense best – at the World Cup. ‘That’s something we want to create as a habit. We want to be a relentless so we can go through a long tournament like the World Cup without becoming complacent.’