MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli will lead India from the front in their bid to clinch the third title when 50-over cricket extravaganza ICC World Cup 2019 begins in the UK on May 30, feels India’s 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev.
Heaping praise on the “unmatchable” pair of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, Kapil Dev pegged India among favourites to win the World Cup, this time in a round-robin format.
India have picked a 15-member squad which boasts of experienced players like Dhoni, Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Shikhar Dhawan while the youngsters such as Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav were emerging as vital cogs in the side. The legendary all-rounder also hailed India’s pace attack and said it will fare well in English conditions.
Kapil, who has also tried his hand at coaching the India team in 1999-2000, predicted that the “Men in Blue’ will reach the semi-finals alongside hosts England and defending champions Australia.
A lot of debate has been going on regarding who will play at the crucial number four spot but Kapil said it boils down to the mind-set of the players and barring the openers, anyone can bat at any position.
Asked about Pandya, who has often been compared to Kapil himself, the 60-year-old former captain said the youngster should be left alone to play his natural game.