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Captains and their World Cup hopes

india Updated: Feb 18, 2011 01:42 IST
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Each with the dream to lift the World Cup and pride in the heart for leading their country, the 14 skippers at opening ceremony had quite a bit to share. Here are what some of them said:

Dhoni on who is the favourite
All the teams are in good nick and the fixtures this time are such that there are long breaks between matches. Players with slight niggles can get time to recover and teams can always pick the best 11, which I think is a plus for us. So I think the team that will play consistently will eventually win.

Bangladesh's Shakib on the pressure
It's also about playing all the matches to the best of our ability. We have had good preparation and we are confident

England's Strauss on taming the conditions
The conditions here are totally different from (Australia) where we have spent the last three months. It's important that we improve quickly.

Ponting upbeat about victory chances
Our squad is not very different from our previous World Cup squad. It is a good balance of youth and experience. I think this team is very capable of winning the World Cup.

Won't be easy, feels Sangakkara
In the World Cup you have to do better than all the teams; and not just the subcontinent teams or Australia and South Africa. People here have a lot of passion for the game and playing at home will be an advantage for us.

At the same time, the format means that once you get through to the quarterfinals, just two wins will take you to the final. So we will give ourselves a great chance. So the quarterfinal and the semifinal matches are going to be really crucial

Home away from home for Afridi's men
We do miss playing at home but then playing in the subcontinent is like playing at home for us.