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Chances of India winning the World Cup appear bleak

columns Updated: Mar 04, 2015 16:33 IST
Sanjay Jain

To be honest, chances of India winning this World Cup are bleak.

India's major concern is its worrying bowling attack, which appears at times miniscule particularly during slog overs. Compared to that, our batting is definitely stronger, but even then I don't think it's good enough to set targets that can be defended by our weak bowling attack.

Moreover, our tail is brittle. While other teams boast a stronger lower-order batting that can be relied on to give the much needed finishing touch, the same can't be said about our tail.

India's chances rely on a combination of many factors like winning the toss, eliciting mistakes from the opposition and also a strong batting display.

We have world-class batsmen like Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Shiker Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane on our side. Especially if Kohli and Raina get going it takes extraordinary bowling to stop them. Still sometimes even they get too complacent or get aggressive at a wrong time and get out after good starts.

India is also short of a good spinner. Harbhajan in my view is still the top spinner in the country. Ashwin's bowling has become predictable.

Eventually we as a cricket crazy nation are always on the lookout for someone like Sachin who can get us this World Cup.

Sanjay Jain