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India hot favourites at T20 World Cup: Saurav Ganguly

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Published on: Tue, 28 Aug 2012 at 13:31 IST
India hot favourites at T20 World Cup: Saurav Ganguly
New Delhi: Saurav Ganguly has praised the Indian Cricket team that it has the potential of winning the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka next month and West Indies is the team to look out for.

At a promotional event Ganguly said, "When you have players like Virat Kohli, Virendra Sehwag, M.S. Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir, it is quite difficult to count India out."

When he was asked about the selection of Piyush Chavala and Lakshmipati Balaji, he said that Piyush is being taken as a lucky charm for India as he was in the Indian squad that lifted the World Cup.

Talking about the pace-man Balaji, Ganguly said that under his captainship in Pakistan, he bowled extremely well and consistently proved himself as the ‘Trump Card’ of his team Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.

"Most of the things are indicating towards the Indian team for being hot favourites in upcoming World Cup. They also have the advantage that this is being played in their own sub-continent and they should feel confident after their superb performance in the recent ODI series," he added.

The Indian batting great also said that no one will be stopping India if Sehwag fires at the top even if they are in toughest of the groups.

In group stage England and Afganistan are pooled with India. If India wins seven matches in the Tournament, they will be able to win the trophy for the second time. As they first won it in 2007.

He said, "West Indies have the potential of doing the upsets. They have a very strong batting line-up that tops Chrish Gayle, Keiron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Dwayne Smith and they have good fast bowlers who can bowl 150 kmph and more consistently. Sunil Narine's mysterious leg spinner can too come handy for the Caribbeans."

Ganguly also said that South Africa, The No. 1 Test side is also having upper hand as most of their players are in top ten world rankings including bowling, batting and all rounders in all formats of the game.

Talking about England he said that they have the advantage of having a world class spinner in the team but they will definitely miss their top striker Kevin Pietersen in the team.

Sanjay Manjrekar, formar Indian batsman and commentator agrees with Ganguly on West Indies.

"As Sourav said, West Indies look a firm side. This is the shortest format of the game. So, it can be a lottery for the underdogs. The schedule of the tournament is pretty tight. 12 teams are playing 27 matches, so, there is very less margin for errors," Manjarekar said supporting Dada's stand.

By: Shubhanshu Sharma
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