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Presence of wicket-takers in middle overs will benefit India in World Cup: Dravid


MUMBAI: Batting great Rahul Dravid on Friday mentioned the presence of wicket-taking bowlers will very much benefit India within the center overs of what is expected to be a high-scoring World Cup.

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Alongside hosts England and Australia, India will enter the ICC showpiece as favourites. The match kicks off on May 30 with the grand finale slated for July 14 at the Lord's.

"In a World Cup, I believe, having experienced some of the conditions in England last year with the A tour, it would be a high scoring World Cup. And in a high scoring WC, having bowlers who can take wickets in the middle will be very important. I think India is lucky in that regard," Dravid mentioned right here.

The former captain added, "People like (Jasprit) Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal... (We have) got bowlers who can take wickets. Teams that are taking wickets through those middle-overs in those high scoring games have a better chance of restricting the opposition."

India played their last international on March 13, and then the IPL kicked off. While the loss within the five-match sequence to Australia at house came as a surprise, India have achieved smartly in ODIs during the last 12 months, scripting a historic sequence win in South Africa. They have also won in Australia and New Zealand.

Dravid took into issues these victories while talking about India's prospects within the match.

"I feel we have had a few in point of fact just right years leading to the World Cup. For right causes, we are No. 2 within the World and that if truth be told manner that we have constantly produced some a hit results in the last two and half years. We will also be hopeful.

"I feel it will be a tricky World Cup. Every staff comes smartly ready and desires to compete. Everyone at the World Cup will be placing their highest foot ahead.

"So having said that I would say India is definitely one of the favourites into the tournament and all of us can be hopeful. Hopefully we make the semi-final and from there on there are four very good teams," Dravid mentioned.

"Bowling is going to play a very big role in this World Cup and the team that bowls best, probably will be closer to winning it."

The mythical batsman showered accolades on present captain Virat Kohli.

"Virat, you recognize he just helps to keep bettering, helps to keep getting better. He is setting bars and standards that perhaps we idea would never be completed. Sachin (Tendulkar) scored 49-50 loads in one-day cricket. People idea that this is able to take a large number of time to achieve. Will or not it's ever completed and now Virat is 10 clear of it or with regards to it.


"One of the issues about Virat is that despite the fact that he has a foul excursion, it isn't that he hasn't had dangerous excursions, he had disappointing excursion of England in 2014, he wasn't as a hit in Australia first time round, but each and every time he goes back again he goes back as a better player. He form of reinvents his game to a point where he's continuously bettering," Dravid mentioned.


Last but now not the least, Dravid also had words of praise for two-time World Cup winning veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni.


"The beauty about MS is that he plays these giant tournaments and these giant suits and that is the reason why he unearths himself in so many of those giant games, he plays them, and they mean so much, I inform a large number of under-19 boys, he is in a position to be able to play it like it doesn't mean so much, obviously it manner so much.


"He is able to see a bigger picture in it and say – I'm not defined by this particular game. It is a hard thing to do," Dravid mentioned.


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