'India favourite to win T20 Cup'
Dilip Vengsarkar headed the selection panel that picked the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup winning Indian team under Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the former captain backed the side to defend the title successfully next month in England.cricket Updated: May 12, 2009 02:45 IST
Dilip Vengsarkar headed the selection panel that picked the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup winning Indian team under Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the former captain on Monday backed the side to defend the title successfully next month in England.
"I feel India are the team with the best chances to win the Cup in England. All the players are playing in the IPL and are in form. They have the ability to lift the World Cup at Lord's on June 21," the former India skipper said after unveiling the Cup in Mumbai.
The former middle order batsman and scorer of three tons in a row at Lord's in Test cricket, however, cautioned that the team should guard itself from being over-confident.
"India should not be overconfident or complacent," he said.
He was of the view that in June the medium pacers would hold sway in seaming conditions in England, where the crowd support for the Indian team would be tremendous.
"Medium pacers would be important and the team has five medium pacers to take advantage of the seaming conditions in June in England. The crowd support would be huge for the team," he said.
The former Test batsman felt in the seaming conditions of England, a total of 180 should be a winning one.
"I feel that a total of 180 would be a winning score," said Vengsarkar.
He also dismissed concerns raised by India coach Gary Kirsten that the fatigue factor could work against the team as the IPL ends only on May 24 and the World T20 Cup begins in just over 10 days time.
"I don't agree with Kirsten. They have a week's time - if they choose not to take part in commercial shoots - to rest after the IPL before the T20 World Cup," he pointed out.
Vengsarkar also expressed confidence that key players - pace spearhead Zaheer Khan and Virender Sehwag - would recover from their injuries ahead of India's top assignment.
"I'm confident Zak and Viru would be available to play in the T20 World Cup", he said, referring to the injuries sustained by the duo in the IPL.
The former captain did not wish to say which other teams, apart from India, were capable of clinching the title, saying the shortened form of the game was such that any team can beat any other team.
"In Twenty20, any team can beat any other team. All the teams can win but I feel India have the best chance to win the Cup", he said.
First Published: May 11, 2009 20:46 IST