Kolkata, Feb 14 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): Former Australian captain Steve Waugh said that he feels that India is one of the strong contenders for lifting the Cricket World Cup this year.
“India is a settled side, their chances are good this time,” Waugh said at a special interaction session organised by Tower Group named ‘Anandabazar Patrika Power Play’.
He also said that Australian sides also have a chance to clinch the trophy besides West Indies, whom he feels have an ‘outside’ prospect in the World Cup.
“I feel that West Indies has an outside chance with Pollard and Gayle in their side,” he said.
West Indian batting legend, Sir Vivian Richards, said, “Chris Gayle is good in his day, Pollard has done meaningfully well in T20 and with talents like Bravo, I think we have a good chance.”
“India and Sri Lanka are the favourites,” he said.
Former Indian skipper, Saurav Ganguly said that he does not believe in the term ‘favourite’ as in cricket any team can win.
“In 2003 we were not the favourites, in 1983, Kapil’s team was not the favourites and in 2007 Dhoni were not considered to be the team that can win the T20 World Cup. So pressure will be on every team,” Ganguly said.
Speaking on the captains, India’s only World Cup winning captain, Kapil Dev, who was present at the event said,” It all depend on the factor that whose team starts well, every captain has to perform well so that the players can look up to him.”
“Dhoni is lucky but with luck he also needs to perform really well,” he said.
Steve Waugh on the other hand feels that the toss will play a crucial factor in this edition of the cup, as he the dew factor is likely to affect the World Cup games that will be co hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
“Toss will play an important role this time especially due to the dew factor, so batting first will be important,” he said.