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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Kapil Dev predicts the semi-finalists, names a crucial player for India

The legendary all-rounder also sounded very confident about the performance of the pace attack.

cricket Updated: May 09, 2019 12:52 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup 2019 Trophy(REUTERS)

Former Indian captain Kapil Dev believes Virat Kohli’s Indian team has the quality to make it to the semi-finals of the World Cup. The legendary all-rounder said that Kohli’s team will definitely make it to the top four, following which it was difficult to make a prediction.

“The team has a great combination of youth and experience. In my opinion, they have the right balance and of course, there is Dhoni and Kohli. India will definitely be in the top 4. But that is where it gets tricky. They have a good team but belief and performance will be key,” Kapil said on the sidelines of an event in the capital.

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Talking about the teams that he thinks will make it to the semi-final, Kapil picked three teams while kept one slot open as he thinks there will be a big fight for the fourth spot.

“The top three teams in the league stage will be India, England and Australia. The fourth one is doubtful as I expect a group of teams to fight for it. Can be between New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa,” Kapil said.

Kapil also spoke about Hardik Pandya and said that the all-rounder will be very important for the Indian side but believed people should not put extra pressure on him. Kapil sounded very confident about the performance of the pace attack.

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“Don’t put pressure on him. He is a young player and he should be allowed to play his natural game. There should be no comparisons at this point. They (pace attack) are fantastic and the English conditions will help them a lot. Bumrah and Shami are bowling brilliantly and they will be a very important part of the team in the World Cup,” Kapil signed off.

First Published: May 09, 2019 12:52 IST