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IPL to aid MSD’s cause

The World Cup starts in England, which has often been referred to as the country where the T20 format was developed. It would be foolish to predict a winner but India’s experience, thanks to the IPL and flexible team, makes them marginal favourites, writes Sunil Gavaskar.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2009 00:42 IST
Sunil Gavaskar

The World Cup starts in England, which has often been referred to as the country where the T20 format was developed. The South Africans may not agree but it might interest them to know that the country that claims to have started the game of cricket, has never won a World Cup. So, it might actually be a good idea to let England have the claim if it means that they won’t win the Cup.

As the T20 World Championship showed, it does not need great experience for a team to lift the trophy. Despite having played only a handful of T20 matches in their domestic competition and that too because the selectors wanted to see some fringe players in action before the 2007 Cup, India went on to win. That win enabled a smooth launch of the IPL and the success of that has been overwhelming to say the least.

MS Dhoni’s men will be out to prove that their win was no fluke. The shorter the format the greater the chances of an upset for it requires just a few good overs to change the course of a match, so don’t be surprised if a minnow beats a Test team.

It would be foolish to predict a winner but India’s experience, thanks to the IPL and flexible team, makes them marginal favourites.