India v New Zealand, 5th ODI, Chennai December 9, 2010

Ross Taylor tips India for World Cup

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Ross Taylor, the New Zealand batsman, has said it would be "very hard to bet against India" going into the 2011 World Cup. Despite the absence of several first-choice players, India have dominated New Zealand to run up a 4-0 lead in the ongoing five-match series, prompting Taylor to make his prediction ahead of the last game in Chennai.

"The team is young but has experienced players," Taylor said. "They go in as favourites for the World Cup, not only because of the home conditions but also on account of their experience. They are a very talented bunch of players. Virat Kohli and Praveen Kumar are still inexperienced but they have been very successful in their international careers."

New Zealand were completely outplayed in the first three matches of the series before their batting clicked in Bangalore. That could not stop India from winning, thanks to a blinder from Yusuf Pathan, but Taylor hoped his side would draw from the batting gains and get a consolation win to round off the tour.

"We take confidence from our last match when for the first time we really played well," he said. "We back ourselves to restrict India with the ball as well here. In the last match, we really stood up with a batting performance by posting 315, but we didn't field as well.

"Daniel Vettori and Brendon McCullum are the only guys who have played in India before. For the rest of the side, it is a learning experience. Hopefully it would help our players in the World Cup."

Apart from inexperience, New Zealand's chances have also been hampered by the inability of their top order to convert its starts, while India have had centuries in each of the four games. Taylor said he hoped to make amends and push on to make a big score in the final game.

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  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    @ mayan priyadarshana... i don't see any reason or logic in the world as to how india is a sureshot contender to depart in the early rounds and sri lanka isn't.... if you're jumping with joy about the recent one day win in australia, let me remind you that we've beaten them home and away.... and yes, it's not our over confidence, but our prowess that strengthens our can go on wishing for an early indian exit, your choice...prayers are not always answered, especially when they're up against the prayers of a billion....

  • Amar on December 10, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    I would love to see India winning the world cup while Tendulkar completing his 50 ODI centuries. BUT I am aware of such hype like the one before WC 2007 - there was a similar hype about Indian team with big stars in the great form like Tendulkar, Dhoni, Yuvraj, Ganguly, Dravid, Z Khan etc. but guess what they were losing against BD and SL and did not even qualify for the next round. Not to mention that before the WC 2007 India were dominating SL and BD at home similar to what they are doing with NZ.

  • paul on December 10, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    @T20I You keep living in the past mate,1983 is a very long time ago.

  • paul on December 10, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    @CricFan78 How is it one victory ,yes they beat Australia but they also beat South Africa in their own back yard in both one day series. People talk of England not winning a 50 over WC, but where talking about this team and it's obvious to any one who watched them they are a much better team than the have been in years. If Aus and SA have a chance then England have a good chance because they beat those side fairly easily. @Raju_Iyer That is hilarious, 'challenge the kings', please tell me you weren't talking about India, mate just cause you won a series against NZ, who Bang also white washed I wouldn't start getting cocky. Put the favorites tag on India and they will fall flat on their faces.

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    oh dont get too exited about this.. this nz team beatem by BD 4-0, now its 5-0.. india only 1 step ahead of BD, and they way behind from ENG and SL. no matter how strong there batting line up. they dont have bowlers to defend 300 on indian flat tracks. so batting 2nd will be the key for india.

  • johnny on December 10, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    My fellow Indian fans, pls don't be fooled by this series win over NZ (even Bangladesh clean swept them) or what Taylor says - he has to hype up a team that has just kicked their arse. Notwithstanding India's convincing series win, I still feel they are weak on pace bowling and what they really lack is a fast bowling all-rounder (lot of spinning all-rounders) or the teams tail will be far too long with 3 specialist pace bowlers?! Perhaps Irfan Pathan might be the answer if he can regain his best form. The following team will be difficult to better: 1.Sehwag 2.Tendulkar 3.Gambhir 4.Kohli 5.Yuvraj 6.Dhoni 7.Raina 8.Y Pathan 9.I Pathan 10.Harbhajan 11.Zaheer with reserves being Praveen, Nehra, Pathiv (wk), Ashwin, S Tiwary, (17th man being a toss up between Vijay, R. Sharma or maybe Dravid for experience?). Howzat?

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    yea INDIA is definately the favourites for the world cup. the only team tht can upset their dream run is none other than PAKISTAN. pak is a different team altogether when they play against india. because its never JUST A GAME against india. ITS A WAR!.

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    Indians are the hot favourites to win the world cup, but 2 things are going against their chances.. 1: Home team has never won a World Cup 2: When India face a better team (with better batting line up), lets say England or Australia, they will struggle because of their bowling. No doubt India has been playing well and they deserve the Test no.1 ranking and they have just beaten NZ 5-0, but Australia, England or Srilanka will really test them out, especially if they meet in the Semi Final or Final.

  • stephon on December 10, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    i am sure that new zealand wil reach far in the world cup if it happens everyone will remember these words !!!!!!!!!!

  • Arvindh on December 10, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    Ross Taylor definitely hasn't helped his team's confidence. To all the Proteas: the pitches there aren't as pacy and bouncy as they used to be, Durban included. Would like to see a fit Steyn and Morkel combo, however, the support bowlers aren't going to cause any problems. And this Indian team won in Perth on their last tour to Oz! SA's bowling couldn't win them a Test against a woeful Pak batting line up. India might play 2 spinners offie & leggie especially at Cape Town. The word "leggie" itself would result in some sleepless nights for the South Africans, even if he's from Afghanistan. It will be a close contest, but I think Ind's bowling is better balanced. WC: Ind, SA, Eng, Oz & SL look good. SL's batting's up and down. SA's more settled,though the batting lacks depth and lower order firepower. Ind's batting depth is great, but bowling can be a worry. We all know what Oz is capable of. Eng's been good of late. Pak are the dark horses. I think it's the most "Open WC" ever

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