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Don't underestimate India in WC: D'Silva

The 1996 WC hero feels that the inclusion of senior players has added weight to India's chances.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2007 22:42 IST

Despite their recent string of poor results, the inclusion of senior players before the World Cup has added weight to India's chances at the cricketing extravaganza, former Sri Lankan skipper Aravinda De Silva said on Friday.

"By bringing in senior guys back into the team, it is at great advantage with a combination of youngsters like Yuvraj Singh and wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni. Don't underestimate India at the World Cup," De Silva, a Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon brand ambassador, said.

De Silva, who played a key role in Sri Lanka's 1996 world-cup triumph, pointed out that with the Dhoni's aggressive batting style, he should be elevated up the batting order.

The composition of the Sri Lankan side looks a balanced one, and De Silva said the former world champions will do well in this year's edition of cricket's premier event to be held in West Indies in March.

"This year is a great opportunity for Sri Lankan cricket. After a long time, the balance and combination is great, said De Silva during unveiling of Ford cars - Fiesta and Endura - which will lead the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on January 21.

With West Indian pitches being similar to the ones in the sub-continent, the Sri Lankan prospects are bright, he said.

"West Indies wickets are more like sub-continental wickets and the team surely sees its chances of regaining the title," the former Sri Lankan skipper said.

First Published: Jan 19, 2007 22:42 IST