Bowlers hold the key to India's success, says Laxman in Indore

  • Milind R Lashkari, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Feb 12, 2015 23:05 IST

Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman said India's chances of winning the World Cup cricket will mainly depend on bowlers’ performance in Australian conditions.

Laxman, who was in Indore for a promotional event on Thursday, said, "Batting is not a matter of concern for Team India, but a lot will depend on how our bowlers respond in Australian conditions," he said.

Laxman said he was optimistic about Team India's ability to defend the title.

"Our players are acclimatised well in Australian conditions, as they spent more than three months ahead of the biggest cricketing event in Australia and played quality cricket there," he said.

When asked that lack of experience in team might subdue its chances, Laxman said, "Most of the players have played enough international matches...if you look at the current squad, most of the players are playing for India since last two-and-a-half years, so it is inappropriate to say that the current team lacks experience.

On whether India would miss match-winners, like Yuvraj Singh in the tournament, Laxman said players like Yuvraj will always be missed, but the current Indian squad is a good combination of experienced and young talents.

"If you look at the current Indian squad, we have several match-winners in the form of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Rahane, who performed well in the Test series as well as in tri-series ahead of the world cup and they can win match for India single handedly."

Commenting on whether Pakistan would be able to break the world cup jinx in their sixth encounter at Adelaide against their arch-rival, he said, "Victory or defeat depends on how teams handle pressure at critical situations, but looking at Team India's present form, men-in-blue are slightly ahead of their neighbours."

He said besides India, host Australia, New Zealand and South Africa have bright prospects of lifting the trophy this time.

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