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Ross Taylor tips India for World Cup

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December 9, 2010

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Ross Taylor throws his bat in frustration after getting out for 44, India v New Zealand, 4th ODI, Bangalore, December 7, 2010
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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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Posted by   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 claim...you 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....

Posted by Amar_bw 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.

Posted by Trickstar on (December 10, 2010, 16:23 GMT)

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

Posted by Trickstar 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by The_Professor 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?

Posted by   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!.

Posted by   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.

Posted by joelrondel 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 !!!!!!!!!!

Posted by The_Wicked_Wicket 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

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 12:20 GMT)

@ raju iyer...well said mate.... @ kadambi srisha.... =) @ james wayne... i see you running short of points and thats why you're making the case of hijacking and bad scheduling and what not....so according to you, the ICC, the BCCI, the test and ODI rankings, the performances and butt whooping given by india to just about everyone, these are all falsely implicated and conspiring against england??? learn to face the facts dude, england are doing great, but india is simply better...we've beaten, nay, whitewashed you 5-0 at home, ran close 3-4 away, owned you in tests both home and away...this english side is good, very good....i simply love KP n collingwood(being a daredevil), and your bowling attack is superb too...but honestly speaking, you shouldn't be too sure about england's non existent ODI advantage over india....face-to-face on ground or paper, india wins hands down....

Posted by muski on (December 10, 2010, 12:12 GMT)

@tendulkars Tennis Elbow- Dont be too sure about Aussies not springing a surprise at WC. All said and done the temperament for the big stage guys like Ponting and Sr Hussey have, none of our Indian's have- our great little man included. The Aussies have shown this in the previous Champions Trophy. For all the talent Indian cricketers have, Iam yet to see one guy who does not chicken out when it matters most notwithstanding all the yoga and mental conditioning which they go through. Hope they put this to rest at the WC.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 12:02 GMT)

Hopefully Umpire Saheba isn't umpiring any of their matches, he's like an on-field 12th man in this series against NZ. Even when NZ are doing a good enough job of self-destructing on their own he still dishes out the shockers in Indias favour, as well as the two match-turning decisions in the previous game.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 11:53 GMT)

@spiritwithin, did u forget that India won only only away series since 2008. Actually ICC bents sometimes, i could agree why SA and Aus toured twice before India toured them? Also ye a few more questions why India - SL played loads of games since 2008 Summer?? Why Australia havent visited SL for past 6 years. As per ICC every team must play a home and away series within 4 years time. Pak has political problems. Other teams like Aus,NZ,SA,Eng,WI have good track. they meet each other twice in 4 years. ICC alters calendars according to respective board's decision. Jameswayne could be more frustrated and hardcore english fan, but i could equally see, how many replies for his comments...I do not understand one more thing here why did India tagged a NZ series in 2009 (away) since that was preplanned for 2006 January?? will India play a back to back series against SA and Aus in away series to balance the ICC rules??? It does really make people feel about such things... Surely i did suspect

Posted by Sri_Lankan_Fan on (December 10, 2010, 11:50 GMT)

As much as I would love to see Sri Lanka winning the world cup, I fear that India are in their prime form. Agree with Mr .Taylor, If india do not CHOKE they should win it !!

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 11:30 GMT)

@Gujratan, you seem to watch cricket in late 2000s. FYI, England won tests in all parts of world including series win in India in 1984/85. England have won TEST SERIES in all parts of world. Please go through Match/Series Archive.

Posted by muski on (December 10, 2010, 11:10 GMT)

@Ganesh- You must be talking of English team of the early part of this decade. Not the current one that is playing the Ashes. With Ashwin's performance at MAC today, Bhajji will certainly have sleepless nights.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 11:06 GMT)

This is embarrassing. Why are you not tipping New Zealand to win the cup? Where is the self-belief? This is like the WC semi last time when one Mr Taylor was seen having a right laugh as he got out and NZ slid to defeat and WC exit. I know we're not playing our best cricket, but comments like this seem to cement this depression surrounding our national side. Look, if you think it's appropriate to virtually come out and say we can't stop India winning the cup, then stay in Napier mate. We'll find someone else.

Posted by SamAsh07 on (December 10, 2010, 10:46 GMT)

India are really formidable these days and only ONE opposition can provide them some challenge, and it's none other than Pakistan, Pakistan may be a weak team that keeps losing and produces surprises at some intervals, but the fact is, when put against India, Pakistan batsmen stand-up against them like it's a World War.

Posted by journs on (December 10, 2010, 10:07 GMT)

India is a strong contender for the world cup 2011. At home turf their claim gets stronger. Ross Taylor's statement vindicates India's claim. But the men in blue have not been performing up to our expectations in all the ICC tournaments since they have won the 2007 t-20 world cup. They have been pathetic in 2009 and 2010 t-20 world cup. Their performance was disappointing in the last Champions Trophy as well. So men in blue could be boosted after the Tailor's statement but they need to be cautious as well and prepare keeping in mind their major shortcomings which prevailed in last performances as well.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (December 10, 2010, 9:51 GMT)

Ha ha ... SL's and Eng's fans are talking rubbish against India. They forgot their last tour to India (4-1, 5-0) and again forgot that the 60% WC matches are in India. lol

Posted by chokkashokka on (December 10, 2010, 9:44 GMT)

that ross taylor knows something....now if only cricinfo would start putting india-sa series over the one-sided battle of has-been teams toying around some rivalry from the last century - balance would be restored. The real count-down in the right hand corner of my screen should be to December 16.

Posted by sumit_pillu on (December 10, 2010, 9:11 GMT)

One thing i would like to tell is that OneDay match is a mixture of T20 and Test Match. Somtime you need agression of T20 and sometime calmness of test.India has so many players that are fit to play in T20 and Tests as well.Sachin has proved his T20 skills in IPL..Sehwag and Gambhir are also in same category.Then we have Yuvraj,Raina and Pathan a total T20 ballistic missiles.Then one and only Captain cool who can shift his gear at any time.In bowling Zaheer is one of the best in business and Bhajji is a capable allrounder.If a team scores 280-300 against India then it is not sufficient as India is now capable of chasing above 300 runs....

Posted by sumit_pillu on (December 10, 2010, 8:53 GMT)

James are you joking..:) India has beaten england in thier backyard.and previous to that series they proudly drew against them also.And look England has came to india but they never won recently.India also drew against Aussies and they could have won the last series against them but umpires came to rescue them in sydney.India also drew against Srilanka recently and many teams in the world actually struggled to win a test match in srilanka but india has done many times.I agree with SA challenge but this time India will give answer to everybody regarding thier No.1 status and also why we are not considering subcontinent a tough place to play ... if it is very easy then why the teams are not winning in india.Every ground is tough and Every game is a new game and you have to bat well and bowl well to win the match

Posted by spiritwithin on (December 10, 2010, 8:22 GMT)

@jameswayne..as i said it before,the last tour of SA and aus to india were not as per ICC calendar and they were supposed to play ODI in india during the offseason of india which were later converted to tests and the current tour of india to SA is on ICC calender and thats y india is touring,is this simple sentence so hard to understand??u r questioning india peforamance in SL,SA,aus and Eng in recent past,may i know what eng had done in ind,aus,SA & SL in their last tour?atleast india won in eng last time but what about eng?oh yeah i remember they were thrashed and routed 5-0 in odi..ur team won only in NZ & BD in ur last tour to all country since 2007(current ranking takes into account performance since 2007),So what warrants u to say that eng is GOOD??bcoz they won T20WC ? lol...come to india and SL and ur team will realise where they stand...let first ur team learns how to win ICC events especially ODI's and then talk about eng chances,Eng stands no chance's against india,aus,SL,SA

Posted by Raj_pandian on (December 10, 2010, 7:36 GMT)

@jameswayne FYI England lost their ODI series 6-0 and 2-0 in the test match series... (Guess am not wrong).. england played a home series against bangaladesh and they travelled to bangaladesh two months back i guess... i guess u forgot aussies lost both the ODI and test match series very recently... Indians record against SA is poor. that i do agree... When Aussies were on top, nobody has complained about the ranking system. now india is on top and everyone are blaming. wonder why....

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 7:27 GMT)

India Trying HArd To get The FAV TAG,, so lets let them have it... let them party until the WC begins. once it start. we srilankans will start our party.. ....while dhoni & mens Tryng 2 find a place to hide from there Great Cricket loving fans..( after early knockouts..

Posted by Kashi0127 on (December 10, 2010, 7:26 GMT)

@sundoo. IPL is not cricket, its a tamasha. So IPL experienced does not mean a thing

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 7:22 GMT)

It would be "very hard to bet against India", Mr Ross Taylor is quoted as saying. I know that he is an extremely talented batsman. Now I know that he understands economics and finance! A very sensible man!

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 7:18 GMT)

@jameswayne : To defeat England Indian dont even need its full team. They can be beaten by the india's youngsters. Just wait and watch lol

Posted by neanderthal on (December 10, 2010, 6:58 GMT)

well.considering what has been going on for sometime now, and considering the country's history of surprising people (in both good or bad ways), I think it will be hard not to count pakistan as a prominent dark horse. Pakistan cricket needs to do well in this world cup and if they can find some inspiration somewhere, they will do wonders even with this depleted and down and out squad.

India go in as crowd favourites. But on those slow and dusty peaches, where every match will probably have scores close to 300, the Australian trio of Bollinger, Johnson and Tait may just do wonders with their pace. They are a very economical unit, and australia still the number one odi team out there.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 6:50 GMT)

Coming to SL, they also have great chance of subcontinent condition. If Dilshan and Sanga clicks in the opening pair, then Taranga and Mahela can steady the innings, before Mathews and Kapugedara comes and blast the slog overs. In bowling, they have Tushara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Mendis and Murali. With this we have to accomadte one spinner or seamer based in the situation, and the choice would be Herath in Spin and Dilhara in fast bowling as these 2 can bat as well. As a backup we can have kulasekara for burn out issues. They are also strong side and they have the potential as well. In this world cup, all teams are in form. At this time, the front runners are England, SAF, AUS, India, SL and all are in good form. WI, NZ and Pak have to shape a little to accomodate themselves in the race. Zimby and Bangladesh are the only team left out and they can give a surprise like Ireland and Bangladesh during the previous world cup.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 6:39 GMT)

Having quoted in my previous comment that India is having a strong middle order with Yuvi, Dhoni, Raina and Yusuf, the top 3 Sachin, Sehwag and Kohli can start the blistering without worrying about the wicket loss. Next coming to the bowling attack. Here is what we lack skills, we need to have a penetrating bowling attack either it is spin or fast. In seamers, Sreesanth, Zaheer and Praveen combination will do good with Ishant as backup. Having said this, we will have only one option for spinner which will be bhajji obviously. As Raina, Sehwag and Yusuf can all bowl as part time bowlers, this will be a good combination. if we need 2 spinners, then bhajji and ashwin would be good choice leaving praveen or sreesanth. As a backup we can also have Murali Vijay and Saurabh Tiwary based on the burn out of players in the middle.

Posted by anver777 on (December 10, 2010, 6:22 GMT)

My dear Ross & co first please find a way to stop the loosing streak........before they predict others to win, try & improve their standards of cricket right now so that we can witness some exciting matches in WC !!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 6:12 GMT)

I am sure that India will pass through the first stage. From the next stage onwards it will be a tough call. For example, WI won the first game against SAF in 2003 WC in SAF, but what happened after that, They haven't reached the semis. Aussies have a great chance, in the same lines SAF is now more or less equivalent to Aussies in the race. Next thing having the sub continental advantage, Pak is also in the race, but the determination and discipline will wade them away when it is coming a head to head with aussies and proteas. Next India and SL will also play aggresively against Pak for personal and other logistics reasons. I agree that they have a good bowling attack and players who can bat well in the middle order, but the combined effort is the one which always lags in Pak. When it comes to India, They have this combined effort now. If one misses, the other one is stepping up. With the favs like Kohli, Yuvi, Raina and Yusuf, we are having a strong middle order.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 5:48 GMT)

Skool;

By the way, Sachin would have been history if not for the Sri Lankan doctor who cured him of his nagging injuries. When Sachin scored that 200 runs in One-Day match against South Africa recently and broke the long held Saed Anwar's record, he immeidietely thanked the doctor from SL who cured his injuries. Go read his interview to a reporter soon after that match.

If you haven't followed the reports, please ask Sachin himself.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 5:47 GMT)

with d gr8 news that d knock stages would be held with home advantage for the 3 host nations,India would certainly feel that they have made it to the semi finals(at least) even before the start of the tournament...remember the fan base in ahmedabad and mohali are enormous and with the kind of form the team is in right now,they will be hard to stop at home....N the KEY FACTOR is SRT will be playing an ODI at home for the first time after his 200 * last year...so he'll be in no mood to surrender..MSD is the perfect captain to lead INDIA and the team has strong bench strength and so in case an injury happens to a key player also,it wont affect the team much..INDIA wud make it to d finals with a probability of 0.9 n if they do so...SRT will make it big in his home ground n make INDIA proud..The Dream final would be INDIA vs Australia again after '03 WC finals...a chance for INDIA to give it back... MY four Semifinalists would be INDIA,AUSTRALIA,SOUTH AFRICA AND ENGLAND

Posted by TheShawshankRedemption on (December 10, 2010, 5:41 GMT)

Agreed with Ross Taylor but India never performs when expected. The only hope for us r Sehwag and Sachin for whom this is final WC for sure. India need to play more n more well agnst better teams under trying circumstances n then we can say We are contenders. According to me there is no clear favorite this WC for 1st time since its inception in '75. Yet few teams can be easily thrown out now only...NZ, WI will be cakewalk for anyone. Australia, SA, Pakistan n India are the top 4 for semis.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 5:25 GMT)

I think ... role of Bhajji and Zaheer will be very much crucial in WC, if they click India must win... if they dont then anything worse can happen. These two players can not be made sit on bench. Rest (two) bowlers however they are from rest would be average only. Part timers will leak around 50-55 runs in each game. So whether India would be asked to make more or less than 275, would depend on Zaheer and Bhajji. In any conditions, score of 275 would be achieved by Indian Batsmen. I also think that in present scenario Raina is not in form and Yuvi should be prefered over Raina. My eleven.. Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhi, Kohli, Yuvi, Dhoni, Y Pathan, Bhajji, Praveen Kumar, Zaheer Khan and Nehra For bench warming.. Ashwin, Raina, Munaf Patel, Rohit Sharma

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 5:19 GMT)

@jameswayne:Wake up mate!! beating a second string aussie squad has nothing to do with lifting the world cup!!you guys are supposed to be founders of cricket, yet it took you in excess of a 100 years to win an ICC tournament! when aussies were at their best in 2002-03 we still beat them in Adelaide and drew the series 1-1! you guys got tonked 5-0 in the 2006 series!! you guys should thank ajmal kasab and other Lashkar-e-toiba Terrorists that the scoreline was not worse than 5-0!!!!IF WE DID HIJACK THE RATINGS,WHAT WAS MCC DOING ABOUT IT??? HATCHING EGGS!!!!

Posted by Cricketer2010 on (December 10, 2010, 5:17 GMT)

pls dont forget fabolous record of Amla, Deviliers, and Kallis on Subcontinet Pitches. if they dont lose big match, then it will be definately S.A who will lift the crown. India ias good batting (Sehwag, gambhir and Raina are more threatening than Tendulkar and Dhoni) side but they lack penetration in their bowling, Australia is on back track, but keep in mind ponting, Wasten and Hussey can do alot in batting and Nannes will be leading the attack, so their bowling in ODI's is better than their test squad, the fourth team may be Either Srilanka (dont forget malinga and Murli in bowling and dilshan and Sangakara in Batting, England or Pakistan in Asia I dont see big difference between England and Pakistan (though England is a better side than Pakistan but Pakistan has shown some fight in their last two or three series.......so its going to be interesting.......its matter of luck also who clicks under such a tremendous pressure

Posted by sundoo on (December 10, 2010, 4:41 GMT)

Newzeland is not without experience .All have played in IPL .They are not a bad team at all but never have played to their potential. India will have tough time in comparison with Srilanka, Pakistan . Bangladesh spinners who are more adept in bowling without bounce would be close contenders for quarter finals.

Posted by jameswayne on (December 10, 2010, 4:38 GMT)

Point is that India are definitely not the No.1 team. End of the argument. It may be only for the Indians.Would like to ask that if the schedules are not influenced by the BCCI, then how come South Africa and Australia have toured India consecutively without India going to S.Africa and Australia?India should have toured South Africa after South Africa visited India. But what India have done, is forcing teams to tour India twice by enforcing their money power on the other cricket boards only to remain No.1 by hook or crook.This is obviously an illegal and corrupt practice.Being an Englishman I am obviously no fan of the Aussies but the Australians were the real No. 1 when they ruled the world for the last 15 to 20 years as they beat every country home and away.India are yet to beat England,S.Africa,Australia and even Sri Lanka at their dens in the recent past.The truth is that India are no match for England which will be proved in the upcoming tour of India to England in 2011.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 4:29 GMT)

I would not venture any guesses for whose gonna take home the World Cup. India is my favorite going into the World Cup & will always be. What I will say is that India is gonna go a long way in this World Cup... :)

Posted by Marto_TheLegend on (December 10, 2010, 4:14 GMT)

India should be kicking themselves if they don't atleast reach the finals of this world cup. It almost appears as if circumstances are tailor made for them - everyone is in form, noone is injured, home conditions and young players like Kolhi peaking at the right time.

The main showdown would definitely be India vs SL, whoever doesn't choke could well win the World cup. These 2 teams would certainly be favourites with South Africa lurking around. England and Australia (who are still a very formidable ODI side) are dark horses in sub continent conditions, esp. in Sri Lanka where tracks are unbelievably slow.

Posted by Hindh on (December 10, 2010, 3:43 GMT)

SL and eng rankings are so high ranked and bloated because england and espesially SL play only at home most of time, check the records..

Posted by nzcricket174 on (December 10, 2010, 3:38 GMT)

What I find interesting is why the are not selecting Williamson. He has been labeled "the future of New Zealand cricket", yet they continue to not select him.

Posted by cartiq on (December 10, 2010, 3:06 GMT)

Hey hold on! Australia, India, South Africa are the highly hopeful teams to lift up this coming WC and they are in 1 st row. Lets put Sri Lanka, Pakistan, New Zealand and England are in 2 nd row. Of course , Aussies are no longer in that kind of form and South Africa is Unpredictable also Indians are over confident and capable to lose any kind of match against any one at any time.In the other side, Luck must give a strong hand for rest of other 4 teams in the 2 nd row. In simple, WC final will be any one from the 1st row vs any one from the 2 nd row.

Posted by Gerrystackle on (December 10, 2010, 2:59 GMT)

It has been very interesting reading the comments posted below. I guess the great thing about cricket is that nothing is a certainty - and when it comes to the shorter forms of the game there can be more of that 'lottery' aspect to it. If you go by the old addage that 'form is temporary but class is permanent' then India are in with a good shot of holding the trophy aloft. But, as we all know, anything can happen in this wonderful game.

However, as a Kiwi cricket supporter I cannot see us being able to compete at the next world cup. Alot is mentioned of our inconsistant batting (and fair enough too) but what is of greater concern is the lack of Fire Power in our bowling attack. We actually have fire power in our batting....it is just inconsistant. Everyone knows what McCallum, Taylor, Ryder, Guptil, Franklin can do when they get going....but how often do they get going? Bond's loss to injury, and O'Briens retirement has crippled us. I think NZ need to focus on tests for now.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 2:46 GMT)

The biggest threat to India is the bad scheduling of having a challenging SA tour just b4 the world cup. India has more than 50% chance to lose there and that will be demoralizing for the team just b4 a major event. Also the conditions there no similiar to the WC conditions and hence is not an ideal preparation. If BCCI had any brains they would have gotten the SA tour before home season against Aus and NZ. That would have gotten the players to gain confidence and home practice even if the SA tour goes kaput.

Posted by devalyagnik2003 on (December 10, 2010, 2:26 GMT)

For the ones said England, Srilanka and SA has chances more then India, don't forget 200* from Sachin against SA having "steyn" and other bowlers in recent past, India beat England 5-0, Aus 2-0 (without leading players), and the ones who is talking about 2007, don't forget before 96 srilanka was a minnows.. Forget about past, these days India is performing the way they can enter the world cup as one of the top 3 contenders and accept that fact. Home advantage, Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Raina, Kohli, Zaheer in form gives them the edge. Of course I am not a blind follower like most of the others commenting here against or for a particular side so will short my comment with the fact that there is no team right now who can be judged similar to Aus in last couple of WC. 3-4 teams are having equal chances and better not to bet on this WC... I would say India, SA, Aus (even in their worst form they are at No. 1 in ODI), Srilanka are having almost equal chances with Ind SA n Sri a bit ahead

Posted by Gujaratan on (December 10, 2010, 2:04 GMT)

@james, India won world cup IN England, at the PEAK or West Indies Era.

and the other thing is in last 40 years did England EVER won a world cup? regardless of where it was played? India, Australia, West Indies, or even in England?

India have won test in all part of the world, may be not the series, but YES, sure they have won test matches in any country, HAVE ENGLAND MANAGED THAT?

Posted by Skool on (December 10, 2010, 1:16 GMT)

I can understand about SA being one of the contenders. But how on earth can one think Sri Lanka can win the world cup? They don't have good batters, bowlers and fielders. For a world cup, there are always 2 permanent hot favourites. The first of them has to be, there is no other choice, Australia!! Second comes Pakistan. Pakistan, even though it is a highly messed up team right now, can always turn the things dramatically and they just require one spark, one thing, one person. And since Miandad is back, Pakistan are already in the race. The third, this time, will be India. And only 2 men will matter if India is to win- Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar and Dhoni. Since the 2007 disaster, they have just started from scratch with new hopes. When Sachin said He would play in 2011, it was circulated as a joke. But look at his stats after the last world cup. He is the best ODI player there has ever been. No one (Read: NO ONE) can match Him. India have to win it for Him..

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 0:08 GMT)

I am a die hard Indian cricket fan, but the stasistics tell us that the host nation never wins the world cup be it ODi or 20/20..... Still Go INDIA....

Posted by SRT_GENIUS on (December 9, 2010, 23:16 GMT)

Jayanth, in 2007, Mr Chappel was at the helm of affairs. But, yes, India is not going to win this world cup, they just don't deserve it. How long can they rely on just one player.

Posted by nlambda on (December 9, 2010, 23:15 GMT)

Can India win? Absolutely. But can we lose? Yes to that too! Our bowling and fielding are quite ordinary and batting can also come apart under pressure. To win WC a good slice of luck would be needed and at least two good teams would have to be beaten. Say: SL in QF, Aus in SF, SA in Final. Any of these matches can be won or lost on the day. I hope we win with SRT getting a century in the final - that would be ecstatic!

Posted by Jayanth on (December 9, 2010, 21:59 GMT)

On a careful analysis, going by the current form, SA, Eng, SL and India are playing well. It could be a bad idea not to include Australia & Pakistan, who can bounce back from whatever situations. ODI is a cricket on a given day and on a given day, any team can defeat any team. It is just a one off day that nails the fate - Bangladesh did that for India in 2007. It requires the team to be consistent in all departments in the world cup in order to win it. I dont think predictions will work in here.

Posted by CricFan78 on (December 9, 2010, 21:45 GMT)

When was last time England won an ODI tournament which has 4 or more teams? All these English just love to hype up their team based upon one victory over Aussies.

Posted by tompuffin on (December 9, 2010, 21:44 GMT)

The world cup is very different with every other tournament in the world, no matter what sport it is for, because if you screw up once, you could be heading home. As an All Blacks as well as a Black Caps Fan, I know this quite well. India, best of luck, and you have been playing great, but remember- whether you lift the world cup is another story.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 21:38 GMT)

Dhoni is overrated. He is just Ponting, a pretty good Batsman (Ponting is undoubtedly awesome at batting, or was) who is blessed with captaining an amazingly good team. It doesn't mean he is a good captain, how hard is it to put Sehwag in the opening position, Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman in there too, then sit back and watch your team win. I could captain India to a test win. Dhoni - not amazing. Stop frothing.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 21:36 GMT)

Never underestimate South Africa. India will be butchered over there. And if South Africa can finally stop choking, they will be the biggest threat by far in the world cup. Amla, Kallis, Steyn, De Villiers, Duminy, Morkel, Tsotsobe, the guys are one strong unit. At least when they aren't choking.

Posted by SRT_GENIUS on (December 9, 2010, 21:32 GMT)

SAchin and home advantage... those are the only 2 things going for India.

Posted by lankan_style on (December 9, 2010, 21:16 GMT)

hey to all my indian fans. You guys are supporting a team where they can not perform in a major tournament. MAny players from the current squad was there in 2003. They ended up loosing to bangladesh and Sri lanka. Common just stop cheering a for a loss cause

Posted by kriskini on (December 9, 2010, 21:10 GMT)

Since India winning WC in 1983 see the following. 1987 --- Semifinal 1992 --- No Semifinal 1996---- Semifinal 1999--- No semifinal 2003--- Final 2007--- No semifinal 2011--- At least a semifinal.

Posted by piperatom on (December 9, 2010, 21:05 GMT)

India is not going to win this world cup. I'm afraid Sachin, Sehwag, Zaheer, Harbhajan and even Yuvraj are too jaded to perform with the fitness required over the course of a high pressure tournament like the World Cup. We probably have a better chance next time. Based on quality and fitness, SL or England will take it home.

Posted by Skool on (December 9, 2010, 20:59 GMT)

Hahaha, England won just one test and the English fans are already on the moon! It's not easy getting the no.1 position dude. India have won a test series England in England. Have England managed even a single test win in India in the recent years? Just accept the fact that India are on top of the test list and they are way ahead of the other teams. Whichever team has a problem with that can play good cricket and take the spot from India. The English always, always overrate themselves. Mark my words; Australia will thrash England in the next matches and will take the series; or, it will be 1-1.

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (December 9, 2010, 20:21 GMT)

LOL ENGLAND WINNING THE WORLD CUP? THEY CANT PLAY ONE DAY CRICKET! INDIA OR SOUTH AFRICA IT IS!

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 19:51 GMT)

@jameswayne last time england came here they lost 5-0 to India.

Posted by sweetspot on (December 9, 2010, 19:41 GMT)

DHONI is still India's talisman. Under Dhoni, there won't be any nervousness. He absorbs pressure like a sponge, and dishes it out like a fountain to the opponents. Captain Cool not in form? Are you guys kidding me? He just scored a scorching 98! The king has ascended to his throne and will be on major assault mood for the WC. His subjects are all well taken care of, including the elder statesman, Sachin. India are powerful this time, no doubt about that. If there are any hiccups, it won't be big enough to put India down. Contrary to all the opinions against India, I haven't seen any team winning from so many adverse conditions. India is the only team to chase over 300 and win TEN times. The closest rivals haven't even done that half as many times.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 19:27 GMT)

@ Sai Bharadwaj. Why bag Ross Taylor? He's a good cricketer, admittedly not great but he's better than Guptil and McCullum in the batting stakes. Sure McCullum is more explosive, but only just! It's true the kiwi's aren't playing that well and it is very hard to play vs India in India, but it's a country of 3 million vs a country of 1 billion, so I'm proud of the boys, especially in test series where a bowler had to rescue India with the bat in the first 2 tests.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 19:24 GMT)

Well. INDIA is The Favorites, ENGLAND are TOp of the plant Now. But SRILANKA WILL LIFT THE TROPHY for sure.. My all indian friends have a feeling about that but they just dont want to believe that i knw........... :)

Posted by mak102480 on (December 9, 2010, 19:23 GMT)

@jameswayne: india did call england in 2008 and defeated england. India also came to england in late 2007. and beat england in england. Nothing to prove there, mate.

Posted by Metman on (December 9, 2010, 18:38 GMT)

All this talk about India winning world cup,England winning world cup,Pakistan this ,and Pakistan that is a bunch of bull !Look my friends,Australia will easily retain the World Cup.Final 4,Australia,India,South Africa,England.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 18:29 GMT)

@jameswayne...this is not April 1st mate... wake up!! Eng is playing well.. alrigh... that doesn mean INDIA is not playing well... I think u envy India..

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 18:29 GMT)

@ Hasan Cheema . top class mate.. love ur comment. :)

Posted by toughthinktank on (December 9, 2010, 18:28 GMT)

@all those who give India the chokers tag: please make a comment after you make face a billion expectations ready to get fired up on u if u don't perform. Indian batting in Indian conditions is absolutely the best with the arguably the best bench strenfgth..bowling is a bit inconsistent. England have developed into a balanced team and is a good contender but they can't be called better team than India on any grounds..SL has no cricketing spirit..they know how to befool inexperienced umpires & can be a threat as they have quality for subcontinent conditions..if 1 team is choker its SA.also with its poor luck it hasn't won a world cup & should be in final 4..one can't rule out Oz as they r in a habit of finding the peak jst at the time of WC..one can't doubt Sachin's calibre wuth his vast experience gr8 home & equally good away record and a brilliant WC record, he knows exactly when & how to score..simply the best..Pakistan has always been a dark horse but truly India r the favourites...

Posted by LakmalPhysics_Mom on (December 9, 2010, 18:12 GMT)

@balaji.dhumal .. well said.... sehwag will take care of swanny also....

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 17:58 GMT)

I think first of all Taylor must be sacked. He plays one in 10 games and is over-hyped cricketer. Except for Vettori, Mc cullum & Guptil (fielding) ...rest of side is like lottery. never know when they play & highly inconsistent.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 17:51 GMT)

@ jameswayne Dude u make me laugh!! Got this present for u _|_ haffun playin with it!! :)

Posted by baghera on (December 9, 2010, 17:41 GMT)

our analytical_satyas team: gambhir, Parthiv, Kohlis,sharmas, Zaheer, Munaf, Praveen , Ishanth, Kohlis,sharmas, kohlis... is that it..?? 11 or need an xtra, thrs always sharmas @analytical_satya: mate, Gambhir was given captancy because Dhoni was rested.... gambhir wont be captain when dhoni is back... learn a bit about cricket bfre commentin...

Posted by Perfect_combination on (December 9, 2010, 17:37 GMT)

India certainly stand in with a chance to lift the WC in 2011, but it wont be fair to write off other teams like Sri Lanka, South Africa, England or even Pakistan. Among all others India seems to have nearly finalized their 15 men squad for the show and the bench has also proved to be strong. Home conditions, good blend of youth and experience, winning momemtum under the leadership of MS Dhoni should see India seal this world cup.

Posted by baghera on (December 9, 2010, 17:32 GMT)

ppl its not about Eng r India... its simple tht wayne guy has no idea about cricket!! .. am sure he has no idea hw many nations are palying test crcket....dumb guy....and hence his stupid comments.... on the other hand both ind n eng have good test teams currently n' india have a better odi team when compared to others.....

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 17:29 GMT)

Before each world cup India used to be one of the favorites...and they used to disappoint each time. I hope this time it did not happen..

Posted by Razor88 on (December 9, 2010, 17:23 GMT)

lol!! Rose taylor - U jus had to create a chat war against a poor England Supporter :D.I have nothing to say.Let the world cup begin,then let me start thinkin abt Predicting.If indians are Written off as the winners of any Tournament they jus don't win it :D.India will do its best when people talk Ill abt it.Keep it coming fellas :D.So,In a way U are askin us to win it :P

Posted by manasvi_lingam on (December 9, 2010, 17:20 GMT)

@jameswayne: This is about the ODIs. And while England is a good T20 and Test team, it sucks at ODIs. Whenwas the last time England won a major ODI tournament such as the Champions Trophy or the World Cup? Hmmm... never, I'd say. I don't know why you shoot off random facts knowing that you will be well and truly corrected. And you said that Ind didn't win against SA in India, which is true but you also said the same about Aus, which is rubbish. They got pummeled over the last 2 years. And as for England, they really suck at playing in the subcontinent. Perhaps you have "good" memories of your disastrous tour to India in 1994, when Kumble had you for lunch, dinner and breakfast. Or even the last tour when Swann was caned around for runs by Sehwag and co. And they were on course to losing 7-0 and it unfortunately got interrupted in the ODIs.

Posted by nagaaaa on (December 9, 2010, 17:15 GMT)

i suggest you ,first improve your knowledge on cricket statistics then comment,England defeated by india (5-0 in odi & 1-0(2 matches)tests) last time,that'swhy we are not calling them,only one sided game it's too bore..........got it ,see the avarages of indian batting line up...top 5 batsmen having morethan 50 ,it only tells howmuch they are dangerous.......

Posted by sonjjay on (December 9, 2010, 17:15 GMT)

Come on guys are we really going to take comments from english fans seriously now ??

Posted by niksg191 on (December 9, 2010, 17:09 GMT)

england team were very impressive in last 2 years becouse they have swann and morgan along with kp and consistent broad

Posted by Lara4ever on (December 9, 2010, 17:07 GMT)

Well no body can be called as clear favourites in this WC,just becoz of its hackneyed format.The odds are clearly in favour of the top 8 odi teams making it to the quarters,unless d Bangla tigers roar like last year,n zimbabwe's spin army manages to derail a top 8 team which has been beaten by all other top teams of the league group.Its gonna be one boaring league stage for many I tell u,atleast a super 6 instead of a quarter final wud've helped build some enthu durin leagues.So the team tat needs to lift d WC has 2 play thoroughly gud cricket only on 3 days,thus making it anybody's cup-be it the strong Indians or Proteas or Lankans or a resurgent windies wit d Gayle force at d top nd a deadly Roach,or a gud all-round poms or a gritty,fighting Pak,or an inspired Oz or last but not d least d Kiwis wit Mccullum,ross,ryder n franklin going berserk.Its high time ICC thinks about conducting best of 3 finals for such a coveted event to make sure that the one who deserves it d most gets it

Posted by ashish514 on (December 9, 2010, 16:55 GMT)

@Analytical_Sathya- Good that you added" on the current form" before saying kohli better than tendulkar(it sounds less outrageous after your addidtion), but where do Sharmas come in the picture(BTW that's completely outrageous). And which Sharma are you talking about?? I bet on Ishant coz i doubt he might have made more runs than Rohit....lol

And what's with your name?? Is it supposed to be sarcasm??? Irony I guess.

Posted by spiritwithin on (December 9, 2010, 16:44 GMT)

@jameswayne..just checked da cricinfo and found out that england's last 6 series consists of four home series and only two away series (one is against BD)..infact englands last three series consists of two series against BD...england since 2008 won only two away series(one against BD and one against nz),now going from these stats i dont see y u r soo verbally and spectacularly angry against india playing at home and playing away less,infact england won only three away series since 2004,so dont just be an one eyed supporter and look at all facts bcoz it may hit u back...england is doing well in aus but aus r already very weak,let eng win in ind,SL,SA,etc and see how they fare b4 calling the as best,btw ashes is overhyped and the media going gaga over their win in 2nd test in adelaide is a case in point ..of i forget england r yet to win a series against india both home and away since 1996..surprised???u better be...

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 16:35 GMT)

@Analytical_Sathya: Not enough if your name has the word analytical. You have to be analytical. Sachin's is always calculative and plays according to the era. He can score a hundred in 100 balls b4, in 70 balls in this t20 era,or in 150 balls if it is a tricky chase. (depending on the situation). His presence can never weaken a team if he is fully fit and looking to dominate the bowlers unlike the tennis elbow period where he didn't want to dominate bowlers.

Posted by Nampally on (December 9, 2010, 16:26 GMT)

@janeswayne: For your info. James, India gave a royal thrashing to England last time they were in India. England in tha past year have developed into a good team, thanks to SA imports like Trott, Strauss and Peiterson.England mainly rely on pace with Swann the only spinner. The Indian conditions are not favourable to pace bowling. Hence it will be difficult to win based on pace against the top Indian batting line up, arguably the best in the World.England may be upset even by Pakistan & SL. However I expect England will be in the play off - last 4 - along with India, SL and Pakistan. However the issue here is Taylor's prediction of India winning the cup. I think it is possible if Indian team play consistently to their immense potential, which is what Taylor had based his predictions on.This Indian team has strong batting line up. If Zaheer and Harbhajan & bowlers can contain the other teams to <5 runs/over, India will win. Cricket is an unpredictable game of Luck with crowd 12th man.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 16:26 GMT)

even 10 sharmas and kohlis cant be compared to sachin....

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 16:23 GMT)

Indians doing brilliantly at the moment.Not only Ross Taylor.Andrew Flintoff is also hoping that,India can lift the twenty eleven world cup.Indains going to rock this time.

Posted by spiritwithin on (December 9, 2010, 16:20 GMT)

@jameswayne..in the last two years india also played england and beat them(also 5-0 in odi),series against aus(in 2008) and SA(2009) were part of ICC calendar,same as series against NZ currently which were part of ICC fixture,india played one series extra against SA and Aus bcoz it was off season for india(they were supposed to play ODI series but converted it into test & odi series,is'nt its better to play tests than just ODI's?? )..india played just one series agianst BD just like eng or any other country did(and it fetched them only 1rating points),playing in SL is very tough for any team,dont call it an easy series,let me see what Eng has done,oh they havent won in ind,SL,SA,even WI(in 2009) in their last away tour,won only in eng against aus and a depleted pak team,lol even india did da same,whats da big deal,and tendulkar does'nt need to prove,infact he averages more in eng or aus than in india..the teams r touring as per ICC fixtures,so learn da facts and then comment..

Posted by Trishcric on (December 9, 2010, 16:20 GMT)

@jameswayne: *Why don't they call the England team to India* : What for? To get white washed again? :D If I recall well, England were beaten 5-0 the last time they toured India.

Posted by Yaksha on (December 9, 2010, 16:19 GMT)

@jameswayne, I generally don't get into fan arguments, but your post warranted a response. What you say is partly correct. Your critique is well taken, but to bring up England, there isn't any need to put India down. You all know that ICC makes the schedules, why blame India for that? You complain of BCCI hijacking, show me the case where money doesn't talk. Why couldn't England dream of an IPL or EPL? That is capitalism. Your claim about Tendulkar is the most laughable, that does not even require any explanation. If you claim that Indians win only at home and not away, then that is true with most teams. Now, I agree, I would like India to defeat England in England. Until recently, English cricket was struggling to find success at any level. Let's just say we have an entertaining WC and a final. Not like the one we had between Indian and Aus! I don't care who plays, as long as one of the teams is India. :) peace!

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 16:18 GMT)

@jameswayne english are over hyped..never won a world cup....lifting a WC is dream for eng... all asian counties already got the hands in WC english can only perform in ashes(after a long time). we will see how they perform in WC....last time english tharesed by india...when they were here....

Posted by Raju_Iyer on (December 9, 2010, 16:17 GMT)

@jameswayne : You want to know why India does not call England over? Less than two years ago KP and his boys were thrashed 5-0 in the ODIs, that's why! You have to await your turn in the queue before you can challenge the Kings, that;s why. Wait till the India-SA series is over my friend....!

Posted by balaji.dhumal on (December 9, 2010, 16:14 GMT)

Common Mr James Wayne..I know you are on 9th cloud with one ashes match win but that doesnt make ENG best team in the world. In the last visit itself Tendulkar burtally took match away from you at chennai on fifth day track. You come to India anytime will lose every test series..you have Swan now..but remember what great Shane Warne has to say about Indian batting against spin. Sehwag will take care of your Jimmy and Borady.

Posted by razorhedge on (December 9, 2010, 16:11 GMT)

If i was asked to I would seed teams like this..

1. SL 2. India 3. England 4. SA ( low because of their choker stamp) 5. Pak 6. WI 7. AUS 8. NZ

Posted by razorhedge on (December 9, 2010, 16:07 GMT)

Clueless Analytical_Sathya!!!

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 16:04 GMT)

@ in 2008, england came and lost 2-0! in 2007, india went to england and won 1-0! In last two years, we have also beaten aussies 2-0! with SA, we drew 1-1 (but then they are good and that is why ranked 2nd but I would think there is not difference in terms of quality)! Srilanka is good team ans especially in subcontinent. so which quality team are you talking about. pak, wi, zim or what? We are now also now going to SA and will show our mattle. win or loose but we will show that we have quality! Tendulkar averages over 50 in australia and england and so does sehwag.

Posted by Analytical_Sathya on (December 9, 2010, 15:54 GMT)

(With due respect to Tendulkar) I think inclusion of Tendulkar and Dhoni will only weaken the current team under Gambhir.In the hindsight Parthiv is a far better batsman than Dhoni and on current form Kohlis,sharmas are better than Sachin. On the fast bowling front only Zaheer and Munaf can be selected without second thought.For other 2 pace options Praveen and Ishanth are better than Sreeshanth(ever unreliable) and Nehra(his continuation in the Indian team is surprising).

Posted by razorhedge on (December 9, 2010, 15:53 GMT)

@jameswayne - you can say all that you want ... i want to see England do better than get hammered 5-0 and 4-1 in india

Posted by addiemanav on (December 9, 2010, 15:52 GMT)

with so many ppl tipping india to lift the cup,i cant imagine the pressure the indian team would be under during the world cup!!but hopefully they can sustain it till april 2 and win the final!!

Posted by Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on (December 9, 2010, 15:50 GMT)

LOL. We were on a high in the Greg Chappell era, having defeated SL 5-2 (or was it 6-1?). and then lost to Bangladesh in the World Cup. One thing is for sure - it won't be the Aussies this time :)

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 15:49 GMT)

At this stage he can even tip our Kottampatti sub-junior team to lift de cup :)

Posted by razorhedge on (December 9, 2010, 15:48 GMT)

Every team except Aus/NZ/WI goes in as favorites... i would say Bangladesh is an equal threat

Posted by jameswayne on (December 9, 2010, 15:26 GMT)

Forget India, England are going to lift the world cup.England are the best team in the world at the moment and the rankings that show India at the top is the biggest joke possible.The BCCI have hijacked the ICC and you can see the result with your plain eyes.For the last 2 years, India have been playing test matches exclusively in India for 90% of the time and that is the sole reason why India are at the top.That is the simple reason why Tendulkar has got so many centuries in the past 2 years.Playing teams like New Zealand,Sri Lanka,Bangladesh is the born habit of the Indians.They couldn't even win against the South Africans whom they played twice in India in the space of 1 year.They did the same against the Aussies.India really make me laugh as they are definitely scared to step out of India.Why don't they call the England team to India?Because they well know what the result would be.If there is a Test championship, then India has absolutely no chance to be at the top.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 14:58 GMT)

R Taylor is highly rated player. He needs to be cautious about his shot selection. I think he should learn from AB de Villiers . He played enough cricket to know these things. If he wants his team to be in WC semis he should be more consistent .

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 14:53 GMT)

Amen!

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 14:44 GMT)

I liked the opinion as Ross Taylor itself plays for RCB.

Posted by braindead_rocker on (December 9, 2010, 14:41 GMT)

Yes India will lift the cup this time. No doubts about this whatsoever!

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 14:33 GMT)

Taylor talk with IPL in mind, this is what u say Money is talking...lol,

Posted by Ganes.V on (December 9, 2010, 14:29 GMT)

When so many other international players/ media & EVERYONE start saying that India are favourites,automatically India will have that big pressure even before the world cup starts!& it becomes very easy for teams who start as less favourites.Please do not forget what England did in T20 world cup! They also have a very strong team. and when it comes to playing in sub continent pitches, Srilanka are also a very good side. When to comes to world cup, I have seen Australia somehow raise their game to an entirely diferent level. I saw that kind of a vigour with the Indian team only during 2003 but somehow melted during the final! So we cannot say that India are favourites just because it is being played in India! It would be easy for other teams as well. So all teams including Newzealand have a good chance of winning the world cup. England, South Africa, Australia, Srilanka, India, Pakistan, West Indies, any of these teams are capable of winning the cup this time! No team has a clear chance!

Posted by kickapakibutt on (December 9, 2010, 14:28 GMT)

I do hope that Ross Taylor is right about India winning the world cup. That will be fitting for Sachin. Unfortunately we do have the reputation of chokers and failing under pressure.

Posted by joseyesu on (December 9, 2010, 14:18 GMT)

This what happened when team left for last world cup but got eliminated in the first round itself. This time the pressure is even more as it is going to be in asia. Everybody in the team should get to a proper mentality. Sure the batting is not going to be a big problem but bowling is still vulnerable to get attacked more.

Posted by diri on (December 9, 2010, 14:18 GMT)

Ofcorse he will say that lol....NZ are getting hammered at the moment. Whether he trully belives it is another story.....my favourites in order are SA, India, and Srilanka

Posted by Match_Referee on (December 9, 2010, 14:15 GMT)

ENGALND will be on the top in the favourites list. India is just only one of the favourites. SL & SA will be others.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 14:13 GMT)

Whenever I have seen India going in as favorites in any series.. We have lost in Semi Or Finals...

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 13:39 GMT)

Ross Taylor's very correct...India truly has the potential to win the World Cup.....dominating wid inexperienced players...think wat they can do wid all the main players????...gr8..

Posted by nzcricket174 on (December 9, 2010, 13:37 GMT)

Good luck for your game Roscoe. I have cricket on Saturday morning, but I am willing to sacrifice my sleep as long as you promise me a century. Also can you make sure that chatterbox Southee is concentrating 100% during the games! Good luck Black Caps!

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 13:36 GMT)

Totally Disagree with taylor... i dont know why Taylor dont call Bangla as one of the favorites after being 4-0 white washed

Posted by boris6491 on (December 9, 2010, 13:34 GMT)

They certainly would be favourites on paper. But for some reason, I just don't see India holding the WC. I just feel that they, like SA, will buckle under pressure despite on paper having an extremely high chance of winning. First focus this time should be to take one step at a time and get past the group stages first.

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