Rahul Dravid, the former Indian skipper and the current coach of the Indian U-19 and India A team believes that India have a good combination in their World Cup squad.
Dravid cited in an interview that India had played a good and consistent brand of cricket over the past two and a half years and backed the team despite the 3-2 series loss to Australia at home.
He said “In the last 30 months, India has been playing really well, and the loss, much to the credit, the way Australia played, came at the back end of a very busy series.”
Dravid continued, “We have the right combination for the World Cup. If India wins the 2019 edition of ICC’s biggest tournament, we will not be worrying about who won 2-3 or 3-2. There will be an odd series that India will lose. But the [ICC] rankings prove that India is there and should win the World Cup to become No.1.”
The skipper for the 2007 World Cup squad believes that despite the exclusion of Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant, India have a good combination of players in their 15-man squad. He said “India has a very good, balanced team for this World Cup.”
He continued “A lot of combinations, lot of options. It is a question of them performing in the tournament. You can always argue one or two cases, one or two names. The team has been picked, [now] back it and hope they do really well.”
Rahul Dravid scored the most runs in the 1999 World Cup held in England and believes that the 2019 edition in England would be very different.
Dravid said “I expect the games to be totally different than in 1999, when England last hosted the World Cup, which was a slightly low-scoring affair.”
“This World Cup will probably be a much high scoring one, and India is well equipped for that. English conditions have actually changed, especially for ODIs,” he further continued.
“ODIs have changed in England and (one) can’t go with the typical mindset that it will be the old English conditions. Wickets have become flatter, encouraging higher scores,” concluded Dravid.