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Kapil Dev hails India's combination for World Cup


NEW DELHI: The aggregate of sweet sixteen and enjoy along with the presence of "unmatchable" duo of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli may just assist India carry their 3rd World Cup, feels former captain Kapil Dev.

The World Cup, which starts on May 30 in the UK, will see all 10 participating nations face each and every other in a round-robin layout.


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India have picked a 15-member squad which boasts of skilled players like Dhoni, Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Shikhar Dhawan whilst the youngsters corresponding to Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav were emerging as vital cogs in the aspect.

"India has a great combination of youth and experience. In a way they are more experienced than the other teams. They have the right balance -- four fast bowlers, three spinners and they have Virat Kohli and Dhoni," Kapil, the 1983 World Cup-winning captain informed journalists at a promotional event Wednesday.

"Dhoni and Kohli have done extremely well for India. Both of them are unmatchable," he added.

The legendary all-rounder additionally hailed India's pace assault and said it'll fare neatly in English stipulations.

"The four fast bowlers we have are fantastic, they are very good. I think the English conditions will help them swing the ball. Then players like Shami and Bumrah can bowl 145kmph, have swing and pace," he said.

Kapil, who has additionally attempted his hand at coaching the India staff in 1999-2000, predicted that the 'Men in Blue' will achieve the semifinals along hosts England and protecting champions Australia.

"I think India will definitely finish in the top four. After that it will be really difficult. After the semifinals, stroke of luck alongside personal and team performance will determine who goes forward," he said.

"England, Australia and India are the top three teams. These teams have more strength than the others. New Zealand or West Indies can emerge as the surprise package," he said.

A large number of debate has been happening referring to who will play on the a very powerful quantity 4 spot but Kapil said it boils down to the mindset of the players and barring the openers, any individual can bat at any position.


"After watching the T20 games you don't know who is the opener or who is number 4. It is very difficult to pick a person, it depends on the mindset of the player," said Kapil.


"Dhoni went before Yuvraj in Mumbai (2011 World Cup final). In the last 10 years cricket has changed. Nowadays apart from the openers, anyone can play at the number four spot," he said.


Asked about Pandya, who has incessantly been compared to Kapil himself, the 60-year-old former captain said the teenager should be left on my own to play his natural recreation.


"You should not put pressure on Hardik Pandya. He has enough talent, let him play his natural game. I don't like anybody being compared to anyone because that puts pressure on that player."


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