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ICC World Cup 2019: Rahul Dravid explains why India have a better chance than any other team

“And in a high scoring WC, having bowlers who can take wickets in the middle will be very important. I think India is lucky in that regard,” said Rahul Dravid

cricket Updated: May 17, 2019 23:19 IST
Press Trust of India
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Mumbai: Former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid speaks during the Star Re.Imagine Awards 2019, in Mumbai, Friday, May 17, 2019.(PTI)

Batting great Rahul Dravid Friday said the presence of wicket-taking bowlers will greatly benefit India in the middle overs of what is expected to be a high-scoring World Cup.

Alongside hosts England and Australia, India will enter the ICC showpiece as favourites. The tournament kicks off on May 30 with the grand finale slated for July at the Lord’s.

“In a World Cup, I believe, having experienced some of the conditions in England last year with the A tour, it would be a high scoring World Cup. And in a high scoring WC, having bowlers who can take wickets in the middle will be very important. I think India is lucky in that regard,” Dravid spoke exclusively on Star Sports at the Star Re.Imagine Awards.

The former captain added, “People like (Jasprit) Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal... (We have) got bowlers who can take wickets. Teams that are taking wickets through those middle-overs in those high scoring games have a better chance of restricting the opposition.”

India played their last international on March 13, after which the IPL kicked off. While the loss in the five-match series to Australia at home came as a shock, India have done well in ODIs over the last year, scripting a historic series win in South Africa. They have also won in Australia and New Zealand.

Dravid took into considerations these victories while talking about India’s prospects in the tournament.

“I think we have had a couple of really good years leading to the World Cup. For right reasons, we are No. 2 in the World and that actually means that we have consistently produced some successful results in the last two and half years. We can be hopeful.

“I think it’s going to be a tough World Cup. Every team comes well prepared and wants to compete. Everyone at the World Cup will be putting their best foot forward.

“So having said that I would say India is definitely one of the favourites into the tournament and all of us can be hopeful. Hopefully we make the semi-final and from there on there are four very good teams,” Dravid said.

“Bowling is going to play a very big role in this World Cup and the team that bowls best, probably will be closer to winning it,” Dravid added.

India begin their campaign against South Africa on June 5.

First Published: May 17, 2019 23:16 IST