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“India should hope that wickets remain slow during WC,” Dravid

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Published on January 30, 2015 with No Comments

Former India captain Rahul Dravid said that the upcoming World Cup is going to be a challenge for the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team, which should hope for the Australian and New Zealand wickets to remain slow and supportive of spin.
“It’s going to be a challenge, it is not easy. You are playing in very different conditions,” Dravid said.
It was a bit “strange” to see that most of the Australian wickets were slow during the recently-concluded Test series and Dravid hopes the pitches behave in the same manner to assist India’s most potent weapon, spin.
“That’s the advantage India has, if the wickets stay slower and lower as we have seen in the Test matches, then the spinners will come into the mix and India can afford to play two and even three spinners,” he said.
However, he also pointed out that the slow track at Adelaide was much different from the fast one in Brisbane.
Dravid expressed confidence that the Indian team has the right combination to reach the quarterfinals. After that it would be only about “three good days” of performance, he said.
He cautioned that hosts Australia and New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have 60-70 percent chance to lift the cup.
“It is going to be the one who handles pressure better and who handles the must-win games better. India will make to the quarters, and I think they have got the players to do it,” he said, adding that by the time the quarterfinals start, the team should get its act together.


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