Former cricketer Mohammad Kaif asserted on Monday that the Indian group has the potential to win the World Cup at dwelling this yr and it shouldn’t be judged on the premise of two T20I losses within the West Indies. India, after profitable the two-Check sequence and ODIs within the Caribbean, are trailing 0-2 within the five-match T20I sequence, resulting in criticism over the aspect’s preparations forward of two main competitions — the Asia Cup in Pakistan and Sri Lanka and the ODI World Cup at dwelling. Nonetheless, Kaif mentioned at a operate right here that the fears of India under-performing within the World Cup have been unfounded, though he indicated that tempo bowler Jasprit Bumrah should be totally match for the hosts to finish the title drought.
“India has misplaced simply two matches (T20Is in opposition to West Indies), so we don’t must get overly involved. I’m seeing quite a lot of adverse response after the 2 losses. However I’ll solely say that our group is extraordinarily aggressive.
“I’m not going to evaluate (India) on two back-to-back losses (within the West Indies). The one factor is that key gamers are lacking.
“Bumrah lacking is the largest issue. If he recovers totally… one facet is to finish the restoration and the opposite facet is to achieve match health. If he regains that (match health), will probably be an enormous acquire for Staff India.
“If Bumrah is totally match, we have now an excellent likelihood of profitable the World Cup at dwelling,” mentioned Kaif.
Bumrah will probably be staging a comeback through the T20 sequence in opposition to Eire after being out of motion for nearly a yr following a again surgical procedure, and Kaif attributed the 29-year-old fast’s absence for India’s string of losses in main competitions throughout that interval.
“Lots of people are discussing that the (India) group beneath (chief coach) Rahul Dravid misplaced the (T20) Asia Cup (final yr), the (T20) World Cup in Australia, the World Check Championship in England (lately).
“I perceive all that, errors have occurred. However I feel, is it not straightforward to play with Bumrah not within the aspect. He’s the largest match-winner and Rohit Sharma did not get his providers, so take into consideration all that.
“I consider, as quickly as Bumrah returns totally match… he wins 50 per cent of the matches for the Indian group. I feel if Bumrah is within the group and some others like KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer additionally return, we have now the gamers who can win the (World Cup) trophy,” added Kaif.
New gamers should wait
With kids like Yashasvi Jaiswal giving spectacular performances within the sequence in opposition to the West Indies, there was speak about them being thought of for the World Cup in India, however Kaif felt when the likes of Bumrah, Iyer, Rahul return to the aspect, even somebody like Mohammed Siraj will discover it tough to discover a place within the squad.
“Shreyas Iyer is injured, KL Rahul is recovering. I hope they’ll all return to the aspect (in time for the World Cup). So all this speak about new gamers coming into the aspect (for the World Cup), they won’t get an opportunity within the group. Your (Staff India’s) XI is all set,” averred Kaif.
“Iyer, when he returns, will play at No. 4. You will have Shubman Gill and skipper Rohit Sharma (as openers), at No. 3 you might have Virat Kohli, at No. 4 you might have (Shreyas) Iyer, at No. 5 you might have KL Rahul.
“Hardik Pandya at 6, (Ravindra) Jadeja at No.7, Axar Patel or Shardul Thakur will play at No.8 relying on the situation (of the pitch). At No.9, you’ll have Kuldeep Yadav… he has a very good ODI document, and and at No. 10 and 11 you’ll have the 2 quick bowlers Mohammed Shami and Bumrah.
“Even Siraj won’t discover a place within the XI. So, when will probably be tough to accommodate Siraj, then the brand new gamers we’re speaking about, they won’t get the chance on this World Cup,” mentioned Kaif.
Kaif added that his logic was based mostly on the truth that seniors will get the primary alternative to be within the squad and gamers like Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav will get a look-in forward of some new faces.
“If in any respect there will probably be somebody within the squad, it could be Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav as a result of they’ve been taking part in for a few years.
“The brand new faces individuals are speaking about are just for this (West Indies) tour. When the Asia Cup and the World Cup are performed, then solely the senior-most gamers will play.”
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