India news September 4, 2014

India strong contenders for World Cup - Tendulkar

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Sachin Tendulkar has said that defending champions India were strong contenders for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand due to the versatility of their team. After being battered in the Test series in England, India hit form in the ODIs, and took the series with a commanding nine-wicket win in Edgbaston. They lead the series 3-0 with one match to play.

"India is definitely among the strong contenders for the title. It is a well balanced side and is tough to beat," Tendulkar told the Hindu. "It is a versatile ODI team. There is depth in batting and variety in bowling. And the fielding has been brilliant."

The turnaround for India started at Cardiff, where Suresh Raina, who joined in for the ODIs, rescued the team with a century before annihilating England with spin. Since then, the team has shown improvement with every game, with the seamers picking up wickets too. At Edgbaston, Ajinkya Rahane continued to show good form and registered his maiden ODI century while Shikhar Dhawan, who had been out of form, added an unbeaten 97. Tendulkar said the current composition boded well.

"If you look at batting, there is a good mix of the right and the left-handers," he said. "When a right-left combination is at the crease, it becomes a lot harder for the bowlers. They have to find the right line. In bowling, the Indians have been bowling well in partnerships. There are some good pace and spin options at different stages of the innings."

Tendulkar was also hopeful that India would fight back in Tests in future. "I know the cricketers in this Indian team," he said. "I know what they are capable of. This team will come back in Tests. I want to look at things with a positive mindset.

"Look at the way the Indians have come back in the one-day series. The team has shown a lot of fight."

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  • Naresh28 on September 9, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    A big disappointment is "Unmukt Chand" the former U19 WC player who won the WC in OZ but has not kicked on since then.

  • Naresh28 on September 9, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    @SLsup - No IF's, But's - a win is a win. SL supporters should accept that. We dont have a great bowling unit and we acknowledge that we are not the favorites.

  • SLSup on September 7, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    Johnny_129: You should look closely at the scorecard of the 2011 WC in IND. Without going too far into the details of what became quite obvious in the days that followed (including Sangakkara's resigning from Captaincy) you may notice that SL lost that WC final with only 8 balls to spare while at one point they were cruising to a win. Inexpicably (on the day) Murali and Malinga were held back in the death for 3 overs (18 balls)! SO...

    Perhaps it is not Chris Silva you should ask Why. Try writing to the Presidential Secretariate in SL! : )

  • Johnny_129 on September 6, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    Chris Silva on (September 5, 2014, 20:47 GMT) - Not sure what you talking about, can you pls elaborate? All I saw was Gambhir and Dhoni play great innings after the early loss of Sehwag and unlucky dismissal of the great SRT. India was the dominant team of the tournament and fittingly won the WC. Am I wrong??

  • on September 5, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    Do not forget how India grabbed the WC ODI. SL were well on course. We all know what happened and the rest is history. India cannot beat SL on normal conditions of play. They did everything under the sun to get SL to give them the victory.

    Disgraceful. India is the last team to win the WC. It is between Australia and Sri Lanka.

  • Kays789 on September 5, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    Australia have got to be favorites for the WC at this point in time. Especially as it is played at home. You'd have to be smoking something pretty strong to think that India even stand a chance next year. As long as the ball bounces above the knees and there is a hint of swing early on this inept indian team will do exceptionally well to bat for 40 overs.

  • on September 5, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Besides Australia, no other team can even think of boasting to be better than india in odis i.e. True they have lost some odi series. but they have won far more wc titles than any of the teams around...again barring australia. so if ur an aussie, u have more than a good reason of commenting here. Other fans, whatever you say, sorry your cupboard pales in comparison to india's trophies, esp the wc trophies, in our cupboard. It is ok to say ull beat india but to belittle india and speak on being superior, sorry cant buy that. and please dont start the number of matches stats, its irrelevant as in that case wi is still the best team as they have won more matches in a period of 30 years against most teams....but are they!? sl or any other team havent won that many titles to even think of saying they are better than india. but they have heart breakingly reached so many finals, and i feel for them..esp for mahela and under mahela! So as it stands, its india the best odi team,after aus i.e.!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 5, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    @Sinhaya. We are the World champions! According to us, WC>Asiacup or CT>Asiacup. Do not know what it meant for you! You care about Dhoni very well. You will not forgot WC final and other games..

  • on September 5, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    @ sidh78 WC2003 & VB series 2008 Aus was due to Sachin ....read my other comment. T20 success cannot be counted towards ODI bcz it is all different ball game & plz dont bring in U19............Only successes that count are Natwest 2002 & CT

  • mzm149 on September 5, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Australia are favorites to win the cup and no other team comes near them. But if we rank teams on the basis of chances of winning the world cup, the list would look like this:

    1. Australia 2. New Zealand 3. Sri Lanka 4. South Africa 5. India 6. Pakistan 7. England 8. West Indies

  • Naresh28 on September 9, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    A big disappointment is "Unmukt Chand" the former U19 WC player who won the WC in OZ but has not kicked on since then.

  • Naresh28 on September 9, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    @SLsup - No IF's, But's - a win is a win. SL supporters should accept that. We dont have a great bowling unit and we acknowledge that we are not the favorites.

  • SLSup on September 7, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    Johnny_129: You should look closely at the scorecard of the 2011 WC in IND. Without going too far into the details of what became quite obvious in the days that followed (including Sangakkara's resigning from Captaincy) you may notice that SL lost that WC final with only 8 balls to spare while at one point they were cruising to a win. Inexpicably (on the day) Murali and Malinga were held back in the death for 3 overs (18 balls)! SO...

    Perhaps it is not Chris Silva you should ask Why. Try writing to the Presidential Secretariate in SL! : )

  • Johnny_129 on September 6, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    Chris Silva on (September 5, 2014, 20:47 GMT) - Not sure what you talking about, can you pls elaborate? All I saw was Gambhir and Dhoni play great innings after the early loss of Sehwag and unlucky dismissal of the great SRT. India was the dominant team of the tournament and fittingly won the WC. Am I wrong??

  • on September 5, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    Do not forget how India grabbed the WC ODI. SL were well on course. We all know what happened and the rest is history. India cannot beat SL on normal conditions of play. They did everything under the sun to get SL to give them the victory.

    Disgraceful. India is the last team to win the WC. It is between Australia and Sri Lanka.

  • Kays789 on September 5, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    Australia have got to be favorites for the WC at this point in time. Especially as it is played at home. You'd have to be smoking something pretty strong to think that India even stand a chance next year. As long as the ball bounces above the knees and there is a hint of swing early on this inept indian team will do exceptionally well to bat for 40 overs.

  • on September 5, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Besides Australia, no other team can even think of boasting to be better than india in odis i.e. True they have lost some odi series. but they have won far more wc titles than any of the teams around...again barring australia. so if ur an aussie, u have more than a good reason of commenting here. Other fans, whatever you say, sorry your cupboard pales in comparison to india's trophies, esp the wc trophies, in our cupboard. It is ok to say ull beat india but to belittle india and speak on being superior, sorry cant buy that. and please dont start the number of matches stats, its irrelevant as in that case wi is still the best team as they have won more matches in a period of 30 years against most teams....but are they!? sl or any other team havent won that many titles to even think of saying they are better than india. but they have heart breakingly reached so many finals, and i feel for them..esp for mahela and under mahela! So as it stands, its india the best odi team,after aus i.e.!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 5, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    @Sinhaya. We are the World champions! According to us, WC>Asiacup or CT>Asiacup. Do not know what it meant for you! You care about Dhoni very well. You will not forgot WC final and other games..

  • on September 5, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    @ sidh78 WC2003 & VB series 2008 Aus was due to Sachin ....read my other comment. T20 success cannot be counted towards ODI bcz it is all different ball game & plz dont bring in U19............Only successes that count are Natwest 2002 & CT

  • mzm149 on September 5, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Australia are favorites to win the cup and no other team comes near them. But if we rank teams on the basis of chances of winning the world cup, the list would look like this:

    1. Australia 2. New Zealand 3. Sri Lanka 4. South Africa 5. India 6. Pakistan 7. England 8. West Indies

  • Unbiased-views on September 5, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    @StevieS @kiwi542 Are you sure Nz beat Ind quite comfortably?? Well, if you go by scorecard, it tells different story altogether....1st ODI- Nz(292-7) beat IND(268/10) by 24 runs, 2nd ODI- NZ(271/7) beat IND(277/10) by 15 runs D/L method, 3rd ODI-NZ(314/10) IND(314/9) match tied, 4th IND(278/5) LOOSE to Nz(280/3 in 3 balls remaining) by 7 wkts, 5th NZ(303/5) beat IND(216/10) by 87 Runs...Other than last match, most of the matches could've gone either way!!!

  • Sinhaya on September 5, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    @mission_melborn, who cares about Dhoni. Asia Cup featured ample atrocious umpiring in India's favor as usual. But still we overcame hurdles where everything was preprogrammed for India to win. India are not planet champions at all and will never be so.

  • StevieS on September 5, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    We (New Zealand) just won a series against them and quite comfortably. Add Ryder and Vettori to the team and it would of been murder. Can't see India winning it on NZ and Aussie wickets.

  • Jinxy.The.Cat on September 5, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    @sinhaya, look the asia cup india lanka match again, dhoni was not there, karthik was there, if dhoni would had been then, he would hv missed sanga stumping??? I remind you, dhoni is world record holder of 131 stumpings in international cricket. Karthik not. Due to that missed stumping sanga gone 22 to 104 something. See ur inning in that match after sanga, 1,0,0,6,12 something. Otherwise thrused inside 90 all-out. We purposely didnt played dhoni, so that u like people should think that they are asian champion... Now Raina, dhoni are back in the side, now don't fool urself, always keep in mind, if you are asian champin, then we are planet champion, thrushing SL by 6 wkts, and champions trophy holders, thrushing SL by 8 wkts. Plz publish espncricinfo.

  • karthikrby on September 5, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Few people remembering india thrashed at SA and NZ. I agree.. But india played only couple of tests before ODI series, their batsman were worked out, provided well rolled out pitches which do not favour spin at any stage of the game.

    Also dhoni wanted to test out indian batsmen under pressure. hence he chose to bowl first all the time regardless of result. Because of the hard litmus test, indian batsmen have evolved now. They worked hard in their skills. E.g Raina/Rahane.

    In Nz, india showed a better fight in odis. You know jadeja/ashwin tied a game. Also ashwin/jadeja were bowling loose deliveries hoping to get wickets in Nz/sa. Now they are very much focused. Based on these facts, indian team has become very good. I still feel SL has old wise foxes in sanga/jaya/malinga and hence has better chance of winning WC. But after WC, india will be the best possible team for atleast a decade considering the age of their players.

  • on September 5, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    SL is the main contender for the 2015 world cup as they have the bowlers who can get a wicket without bowling the ball and they all do this with in cricket rules.

  • on September 5, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    @Sinhaya: Last 15 ODIs between India and SL, India won 10 & SL won only 4 with 1 tied. Is it your way of thrashing Indian team, if its so then we are happy to be thrashed again and again.

  • kiwi542 on September 5, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    This England side is 100 percent feeble I wouldn't get too excited India. 4 zip in New Zealand, in NZ and Auz conditions. I wouldn't be putting a single dollar on India to win W.C

  • Jinxy.The.Cat on September 5, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    @sinhaya, look the asia cup india lanka match again, dhoni was not there, karthik was there, if dhoni would had been then, he would hv missed sanga stumping. See ur inning in that match after sanga, 1,0,0,6,12 something.. We purposely didnt played dhoni, so that u like people should think that they are asian champion... Now Raina, dhoni are back in the side, now don't fool urself, always keep in mind, if you are asian champin, then we are planet champion, thrushing SL by 6 wkts, and champions trophy holders, thrushing SL by 8 wkts. Plz publish espncricinfo.

  • Sinhaya on September 5, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    @ Fast_Track_Bully, we have thrashed India plenty of times and seen India getting thrashed as usual many times in our lives. We are the unquestioned champions of Asia meaning the best in Asia. We have no fear in playing anyone. We will win the cup and I know you will run into hiding.

  • cricfansince91 on September 5, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    @Wolverine8877: While I agree that India is not likely to win WC 2015 but the team you have mentioned is Definitely NOT going to win!!! The team you mentioned was far stronger in 1992 when it was the host & defending champion and ended up with points only due to some narrow wins due to the Rain Rule (which was in that WC), like India this team is also in re-building and I would say just like Indians should not get carried away with an ODI series against England you should also not get carried away with victory in Tests over the same team ;)

  • Jinxy.The.Cat on September 5, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    BAN is known for the world cup pool upsets... And it upsets to asian teams only, I hope pool partner SL will beat atleast by small margin to BAN. Sorry bt i had very bad dream last night, saw BAN beat SL by 6 Wkts and 183 balls remaining.

  • cricfansince91 on September 5, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    I am a supporter of Indian team and great fan of Sachin but I personally feel this statement by him was more of optimism on his part.. Indian team is definitely talented but it would be different ball game in AUS; in our batting line up only MSD, Raina & Kohli have played there and frankly off the three only Kohli has been successful there (inspite of his horrendous UK tour) , none of our fast bowlers except erratic Ishant have experience of bowling on Australian pitches, thirdly on hard Australian wickets you need quality leg spinners as they have always been successful there but MSD would not try Amit Mishra or even Pragyan Ojha and stick with Jadeja who neither qualifies as bowler nor batsmen and fourth, MSD's tactical accumen which has deteriorated & would only go bad to worse if Fletcher stays put as Coach!!! These points make me feel IND will not be able to defend WC though my heart will always think otherwise ;) :)

  • Wolverine8877 on September 5, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    All you indian fans out here with trndulkar. Wait and see who is going to win the world cup next year. I can give u a small clue regarding the strongest contenders for the next years world cup. This team got beaten by a accociate team recently after feilding a second string team. but after getting the full team back for the next game, they beat the hell out of a full member team which is yet to win a major ICC tournament. Also, this team has won the ICC WC 4 times. 3 in a row. In that 3 in a row streak, we managed to beat the hell out of a team which we happen to meet in a final on the 23rd of MARCH in 2003 to be exact!!! I think that was the easiest ever world cup final win we got.... Looking forward to another title next year mates!

  • THEBEAST7 on September 5, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    Funny. Really Funny. indians are good no doubt but Mr. Tendulkar, I think you forgot the fact that the next world cup is being payed in Australia and New Zealand NOT in England or on indian soil. We all know how well this great indian team plays in Aussie and in NZ conditions. india is in pool B with the likes of Saffers, Pakistanis, Ireland, West Indies.

  • on September 5, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    Sri Lankans are thinking that they have more chance than India , Tell them they're dreaming !!!! We saw their performance against the same England whom India are trashing , Sri Lanka won with some luck in 4th ODI & in 5th ODI by getting wicket of inform Butler without bowling a ball !!!! India performed well in CT2013 , tri series in WI before hard tours of SA & NZ, India are not depending on some players, every one is contributing which is good sign for team to be consistent !!!!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 5, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    @ Sinhaya. Ah..that shows your fear towards India. Why are you afraid to play against India?... you got chances to celebrate rarely, but we got it every time...

  • on September 5, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    India has good batters no doubt! I'm only concerned with the bowling department! I would definitely like to choose ishant Sharma back into odi once he becomes fit! he could become a vital cog in the wc. with varon Aaron, shami, Umesh, bhuvi and ishant ,with Ashwin and jadeja could well become a potential combination to be world cup defenders

  • on September 5, 2014, 1:45 GMT

    @Abd Male: Do you recall Natwest series win against England? India did win the championship then..SRT was part of it

  • on September 5, 2014, 0:40 GMT

    agree with desiboy it'll be Australia, India or Sri Lanka considering the pitch conditions, team balance and current form of the teams.

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 4, 2014, 23:24 GMT

    Absolutely spot on Sachin. India are the BEST ODI team by far. Australia ? SA ? You got to be kidding me. I mean, I can forgive people for stating Australia as favourites given they are playing at home but SA, no chance. First, SA need to cross the semis which I doubt they will. Then, I will 'consider' them favourites. India will surely play the finals and it will be either Australia/SL/SA/WI to face them. The rest can have a nice sight seeing trip around Oceania.

  • gsingh7 on September 4, 2014, 21:31 GMT

    sachin is absolutely on the money . any body who says that best odi team in the world and current world champions who just thrashed england on their home grounds 3-0 is not the strongest contestent for upcoming world cup is either joking or lacks common sense. every betting site i had seen in past few days says india as absolute favorites to win back to back world cup titles and retain their crown as world champions. wish them all the luck and bring back the trophy to india .

  • on September 4, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    Yes Sinhaya India won't stand your chance in your dreams. Dhoni wc11 final innings and Hobart kohli will haunt SL EVER.

  • on September 4, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    So far Fast_track prediction is hilarious to say the least. Please god - save him. No further comments on that.

  • desiboy454 on September 4, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    Why is everyone jumping around saying India wont win. Sachin said India has a good chance, and no one can deny the fact that they will in fact be in the top 4. Agreed SA and AUS are currently better sides, but to win big tournaments you need the mental strength, MSD and Clarke both have that, does SA as a team have the strength to over come the CHOKE? A team is judged on performance under pressure, and AUS/IND/SL have outdone SA/PAK/ENG/NZ under pressure in world tournaments. SL will fight hard as they always do esp with this being Sanga/Mahela's last WC. Pak/WI/NZ are dark horses, I expect 1 of them to make it to final 4, but not farther. Aus/Ind/SL will def make the top 4, but for Aussies a lot depends on their batting and India on their bowling and SL on sanga, MJ and Malinga. My top 4: Aus, Ind, SL, and one out of SA/NZ/PAK. To win the WC I say one of Aus/Ind/SL will hold it. LETS GO INDIA!!!

  • on September 4, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    SRT nice to see u back..I was just wondering infect shocked that india has better ODI line up than england since late 90s..and u were part of it...and still no series win in odi against england in england for damn 24 years???..this rwcoed is ok against SA & OZ...but england...why???

  • MridulTrehan on September 4, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    Statistics are 'just' rocks..

    You seem to be in love with numbers.. Can you please do everyone here a favor.. Show how statistics in past have correctly predicted winners of previous world cups? If nothing, it will enlighten you.

    I love numbers myself, they MAY tell you who will win a bilateral series but not a knock out tournament.

    As far as your comment on Sachin trying to get into limelight, I can only laugh about it.

  • on September 4, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    India is by far best ODI team and anyone who disagrees not only doesnt have a clue about cricket but clearly doesnt watch it either! Jai Hind!!!! India and the world loves u sachin and we always will!!!!!

  • on September 4, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    guys we talking too much about team composition. remember the past. The most planned and settled side has never won the world cup. I mean SA. they have always floundered. Even India chopped and changed it's team when it won in 2011. same is the case with Pakis in 1992. Only Australia in 99 and 2007 were kind of settled. IN fact in 2003 aus got a shocker just before the start when warne and someone else got dropped due to some charges. The point i am trying to make is you can plan but then you need to play by instinct and determination in the available resources. The World cup is tricky. Any team has to reach the knock outs which i think we will reach and after that it is just 3 good games. That's what we did in 2011 , isn't it ? This is where the great planners cna go wrong and teams like INdia and pak who survive on invidual and momentory brilliance strive. just a sid enote immediately after 2011 and 1992 world cup wins both pak and india performed very badly. Momentary briillance

  • StatisticsRocks on September 4, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    Sachin is just trying to make some noise and hog some media attention in his childish like arguments. As an Indian, even I feel we need to do a lot of work to be even considered as favorites. SA and AUS are by far the best ODI sides and they know how to win in all conditions. Don't under estimate NZ, especially playing in their own backyard. To me Aussies are the favorites to win, followed by SA and SL, IND, and NZ. I don;t expect PAK to do well as they continue to struggle with batting. They may surprise a team or two, but wont win the WC.

  • WTEH on September 4, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    Yes India is a strong contender. Same goes to Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. It is going to be a world cup and all the are strong contenders for the cup.. You got it absolutely right Sachin.

  • vsprabhu01 on September 4, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    @Bhargava Ram - Thank you for the updates .... But what my point is still Team management is pondering over to confirm opening slots, No.4, No.5, Allrounder, wrist spinner and a fast bowler and we are not seeing any of the alternates being tested enough to finalize the fifteen for World cup. Anyway by the end of the tri-series in Aus, we will be knowing the strategy what team management has followed will bear fruits or we will once again see the familiar statement "Young team still under learning process and they will improve on their next tour down under" ... Hope for the Best ...

  • Yousufahmedl on September 4, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    I predict Angelo Mathews to be the player of the series for the world cup. He is the best cricketer today without a doubt. I predict Angelo to score 300 runs and take 14 wickets during CWC 2015. He has the world record 9th wicket ODI stand after all. More responsibility you assign Angelo, the more heavily he will score.

    World cup is largely open. No way can there be any favorite. All 8 teams have a fair equal chance. Australia marginally more favored as they are hosting.

  • on September 4, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    WC is too far, this Indian team has a habit of going with momentum. So wait till feb 2015

  • on September 4, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    As we know india have a world class batting line up in odi and I am agree to the statement made by sachin that indian would be a tough contender in wc 2015.But india would not be tough only in wc 2015 it would be a challenge to the opposition to take away game from Mr.cool dhoni he has a fantastic mind setup and present of mind.I would be not shocked if india win wc 2015 .

  • on September 4, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    India does well in One Day and T20 matches. They seemed to have lost their way in the test format. Maybe a separate captain for the two formats may help. They players showed no fight whatsoever to stay competitive. They played like the WI under Sammy. If India continues like this they will soon fall below Bangladesh in the test rankings. Dhoni gave away a great chance to beat a demoralized England. Their captain was under tremendous pressure and Dhoni and company allowed him to escape and regain his confidence. India lacks the killer instinct necessary to make them a great test side. They need to take a look at the way WI under Lloyd and Aus under Ponting and Waugh played and learn from them. India is too meek to get back to No 1 position in tests. If it happens I will be happy but I am not optimistic. Not with the way they are playing. No longer masters of playing spin bowling and never good with the short balls.

  • on September 4, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    I am an Indian but this time watch out the D Company,Decock,Divillers.Duplesis,Dumini,David Miller,Dale Stayne in this WC

  • hosamanevg on September 4, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    indian team is very good in shorter format,let them win any number of shorter format titles,for me if they clinch coming down under test series,it is more than winning any number of shorter format titles,but it is dream

  • alok19877 on September 4, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    i think raydu shuld play in wc plying x1.he shuld be future captain of india(nt kohli or rohit).

  • on September 4, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Rohit takes lot of balls to settle. So many dot balls in early stages of innings built pressure on other batsmen. The way he plays as a opening batsman, his SR is around 60 until he scores 70, so whenever he gets out anything less than 80 which cost too much for team because of his scoring rate. In champions trophy he played the same way, but that time inform Dhawan effect shadowed this issue. Some time players injure is good cause for team!!! Rahane is the best option for open the innings...

  • on September 4, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Completely agree with Sachin but winning second time will make Indian team a world class outfit in one day. Only WI and AUS have won multiple times. Dhoni will than be made super hero above the God by Indian fans. He has been the most successful captain, call it luck or not but he happened to be there when the team improved in all departments (fielding, batting, bowling and wicket keeping).

  • on September 4, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    really.wait untill IND going to AUS tour after that plz update again this statement...i dont think so.

  • Arrow011 on September 4, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    I think Sachin is right in accessing the ODI team but is very bad in saying that the test team will fight back too. It is utter rubbish, Test team lost last 2 tests in less than 3 days each. In India there are so many players, one need not put the same Dhoni as test captain, play the same test team to dream of a different result.

  • Sinhaya on September 4, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    @ Fast_Track_Bully, I danced in non stop jubilation when India were kicked out of the 2012 T20 world cup. I was personally their at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo to view that moment where justice and sanity prevailed on earth.

  • on September 4, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    Aus, Sri Lanka, India and south Africa are good contenders for the world cup

  • on September 4, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    Rohit's absence improved Indian opening strength, ravine is not wasting much balls in ODI, otherwise rohit will increase pressure on all batsmen

  • pratit on September 4, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    Don't think so. SA and Australia are the favorites because of the conditions. New Zealand may also come good.

  • rajcl on September 4, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    common just relax guys , he just told INDIA is strong contenders , that not means INDIA going to win 100% , i am also an Indian i want too India win , commmmmmmmmon INDIA ,( contenders mean is we r 1 of them, not we r the only 1, first realise this then comment on ), 1st learn to trust ur team to win rather than opposing others, under pressure tournements INDIA always good opponents to beat

  • on September 4, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    @vsprabhu01: by 2007 frankly speaking..ajit agarkar was outdated..!! RP, Sreesanth, Irafan==>Bhuvi, Shami and umesh. Openers: Shikhar and rohit .. and rahane as third opener. Now you can say that ..shikhar has problem with moving ball (does sehwag not have ..?).. and rohit is a not a specialist opener.. (but even i think if and all there is any slot that suits rohit perfect it is opening slot. Many succesfull opners in indian history are first middle order batsmen including sachin and sehwag.. Once rohit settles ,its entirely a different situation.. his talent to time and ability to ) Rahane .. as a spare opener ... (he is one person who can face any sort of bowling..as once said by Rahul dravid..) Spinners .. Ashwin and jadega... I dont say they match with kumble and harbhajan at prime but far better than piyush chawla...!! Jadega can build up pressure in short format of game...and with that pressure Ashwin along with variations can pick wickets...Part time off spin of Raina and rohit

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 4, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    Escaped against BD in last ball and last over in all matches and claiming themselves to be the best in Asia and world!hilarious!

  • on September 4, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    Who can question the GOD of cricket..

  • on September 4, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Rightly said

  • on September 4, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    the dog of c cricket speaks

  • on September 4, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    Looks like most here think they know better about this team than the legend who brought them to where they stand today. Keep your eyes peeled...the spirit that built this team always made the impossible possible so I would get ready to be surprised if were you guys who doubt the greatest of all time

  • on September 4, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    india have chance too..no doubt...v hav 4 match test series this year..and a triangular series..jus ahead of da worldcup...!!!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 4, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    SL bowled out for 42 - no issue, SL losts to BD @ home - no issue. SL will be the first team to out of the tourney from that group.

  • crzcric on September 4, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    @ Rajesh_india_1990: Sachin is the best cricketer ever?? are u kidding me?? Then who is Brdadman??

  • gauravm5 on September 4, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    SL team is known for: 1. Getting a wicket without bowling the ball

    2. Claiming a catch when the ball bounced inches before coming into your hands

    3. Asking for bad light when you are about to loose the test 4. Bowling No balls intentionally to stop the opposition batsman reaching 100

    5. Playing negative cricket in tests to avoid defeats

    6. Wasting time by asking for doctors, tying up shoe laces, asking repeatedly for bat, towels, gloves, arm guards and thigh pads

    7. Most importantly proclaiming themselves as world champions despite loosing repeatedly to India, SA, Australia (at home) and some times to pakistan

  • Sinhaya on September 4, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    India getting all out for 94 in England can win the world cup. India cant even enter the Asia Cup finals in spite of claiming to be cricket giants. India have lost over 10 ODIs to Zimbabwe. What a hilarious forecast. India wont stand a chance.

  • gauravm5 on September 4, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    @ CricketFever11 : Indian team is fed up of playing against SL after beating them comfortably in the last 5 bi-lateral ODIs series.

  • vsprabhu01 on September 4, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    @Bhargava Ram - Yes in 2007 T20WC, India had good options in bowling with RP Singh, Sreesanth, Irfan pathan, Ajit Agarkar with all of them sharp and Swing bowlers also with very good bouncers and Spinners Piyush and Harbhajan, supported by offspins of sehwag, yusuf pathan and left arm spin of Yuvraj, along with third opener in Robin Uthappa, Rohit in middle order and all played their part. Coming to 2011 WC in sub-continent conditions, you had entire 30 probables who all played day in day out in similar conditions to choose from. But 2015WC is in Aus and NZ with pace and bounce in Aus and swing and seam in NZ and tell me how many of these players are comfortable with seam, swing, pace or bounce and how many of your bench players you have tested them. You have not even tested two of the fastest bowlers you have and none of the wrist spinners, who are going to be quite handful in Aus / NZ condition. Also the so called all-rounders in your eleven are not your match winners in Aus/NZ.

  • swauzzie on September 4, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990 Oh come on! Are you serious? Do you really Think that India will even make it to the quater finals? I Think the'll be super stoked just to get a win in their Group! BTW have you ever Heard of a cricketer called Bradman? No? Didn't Think so.....

  • plas on September 4, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    Has to play with Aussies, SA and SL to see where indian cricket team stands. It's too early to comment after beating hopeless English team.

  • gauravm5 on September 4, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    @Sinhaya: In Jan 2012 SL bundled out against SA for just 45 runs; On 28 May 2014 against England, Sri Lanka managed to score just & only 67 on a flat track and last year (June 2013) in WI tri-series, India bowled lanka for 96 runs. Also, on Jan 18, 2013, SL scored 71 runs for 10 wickets in an ODI against Australia.

  • 11_Warrior on September 4, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    I has good chance in WC. In 2019....

  • CricketFever11 on September 4, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    Come against Sri Lanka without playing with minnows everyday. Come to fight against Angelo Mathews and Co...... Lions roar............

  • varmamr on September 4, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    India in 2015 WC......did any one forget what happened in 2011 triseries?..could not even get to the finals...we had pretty much the same side...plus umesh yadav and zak....and those 2 will be in the side for 2015 as well...who will score runs in Australia? Kohli may be....Rohit???...Dhawan..no chance..who will stop the marauding batsmen of Aus/SAF..Bhuvi on non seaming tracks??Ashwin who could not take a wicket in NZ recently..India would have done well if they make the semifinals

  • on September 4, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    @vsprabhu01: What backup options did india have while playing in WC 2011 and t20 wc 2007.. and champions trophy 2013? Did india india not win them .. ?? Aus and other teams have different strategy to win..and india has a different strategy..!! Coming to aus... What about the team that lost to Zim recently ..? What about the team that lost to india in ODI ..? The former contains new talents and and results show that they were inconsistent.. The latter contains of full team except clarke....and still got beaten..! What say now..?

  • roger1981 on September 4, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    No disrespect to Sachin...He is just being patriotic...The journey beings for team India from December 26 when the take on Australia on their home soil...As far as world cup is concerned India is a good team though not the front runners..The entire world has simply ignored Australia because they lost to India in 2011 world cup....This time its a different ball game all together...Teams to watch out in order of true contenders South Africa Australia New Zealand Srilanka India Pakistan England....

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on September 4, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Sachin,the greatest ever cricket player ever to born in this planet had predicted the future 200% right..India will win the WC2015 without breaking a sweat..no chance for other teams...

  • vsprabhu01 on September 4, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Many of us are just talking about chances in world cup in Aus / Nz - but with 5 more months left and most of the top teams like Aus, SA, Srilanka and even pakistan have rotated their sides with their backup players, India stands nowhere near them. If you see Aus, the eleven which has beaten SA was without David Warner, Shane Watson, Shaun marsh, Michael clarke, Moses Henriques, Ryan Harris, Cummins, Mathew Wade and all have played for Aus and were rested to try out new talents like Huges, Mitch Marsh, Finch, Richardson. Coming to India, can you tell any of the players other than 11 has been given any chances to prove them. Also if couple of players are injured nearing world cup are you having a proven replacement similar to Aus and hardly NO and we will depend on half fit players then to play for India. Really no thought process given towards World cup and without doing anything and simply expecting to defend the title is really unrealistic.

  • on September 4, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    Every one thinks about their sides like this

  • on September 4, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Let's not get ahead of ourselves here. We did well against a team that haven't done well in ODIs in recent past. Let's not forget that ground conditions in Australia & New Zealand are going to be completely different from what it is in England.

    We still don't have a fast bowling all-rounder. Our bowling at death is still not that tight. We don't have a bowling spearhead (a necessity in Australia & New Zealand).

    Yes, our batting line-up is world class and so is our fielding. On top of it, we have an excellent Limited Overs captain in Dhoni. If we could find couple of good fast bowlers who'll consistently bowl well at the start of an innings & at the death, we should be home.

  • doctorofdeath on September 4, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    I have a lot of confidence in Dhoni. He will do well in the WC2015. This team is upbeat and with a few changes in the bowling dept. we can be unbeatable against any team in the WC2015!

  • lokesh0210 on September 4, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    Our batting lineup is good and deep. We need Yuvi back in the team - his experience is MUST. He was going through the same phase of poor form for 2yrs before WC'11 but then in the WC'11 he won 5 MOM awards and ultimately claimed Player of the Tournament award very clinically. We won that world cup just bcos of his consistent winning performances in QF, SF and Finals. Raydu is good but ofcourse he can't fill the spot of Yuvi. In addition to Yuvi, we shouldn't forget the roles Gambhir played in the 2 world cup finals we've won alongwith his scores in VB series '08. Veeru will break the back of pace bowlers in Aus conditions - he has proven it alot of times in Aus.

    In the bowling line-up, we need a specialist spinner and he's senior to Ashwin - yes we need to bring back Amit Mishra. His last 13 ODIs yielded 34 wickets with an avg. of jus 19. It was Kohli who gave him chances under his captaincy and he delivered, he delivered better than Ashwin and so called all-rounder Sir Jadeja.

  • Unbiased-views on September 4, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    @ SamRoy Are you sure about that?? I've seen dravid got hit on ribs/helmet quite a few times in SA of sten & lot of times in Aus!!!

  • ramli on September 4, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    @katch47 ... SRT was also part of the debacle in 2011 ... so, he has no moral ground to voice anything about defeat ... moreover, he has stated clearly that he wants to see positives only

  • ramli on September 4, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    @Ahmad Uetian ... the meanest captain conceded defeat against Zimbabwe recently ... such lifelines may not always be in offer during WC-2015. So, there is cause for worry to Aus ... and ... no home team has won WC excepting India ... I feel that record will extend to WC-2015 too

  • on September 4, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    only Aussies has a chance to win 5th worldcup because aussies has great record for your own country

  • SamRoy on September 4, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    @PradiptaMohan Basu Tendulkar has got hit on the helmet innumerable times. At least twice by McGrath, at least once by Walsh, Akram, Shoaib Akhtar, Fannie De Villiers, Allan Donald and many others. Dravid hardly ever got hit on the helmet. May be a couple of times.

  • ramli on September 4, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    @Danish15 ... you hit the nail .. India performs well when most unexpected to do ... so, will a failure in tri-series in Aus bode well for India in WC-2015!!!

  • MichaelBurton on September 4, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    In my honest opinion, both Ind and Eng have a very little chance to win the WC in Aus and NZ. They haven't played well in those 2 countries in last 5 years. Ind lost 8 matches and won just 3 matches with 0.37 win/loss ratio. It is 11 losses and 4 wins for Eng. Only Aus, NZ, and Lanka have more than 1 win/loss ratio with 2.76, 1.30 and 1.12. It is hard to comment on SA chances as they haven't played ODIs last 5 years in Aus/NZ. But, with their consistency over the years, we can definitely rate them with the top 3 favorites. Pak, Ind and Eng are in the second lot with 0.42, 0.37 and 0.36 win/loss ratios. Sorry WI chances are very unlikely. Sachin is being too diplomatic here. It is good to encourage own country but it is not helpful always.

  • Jinxy.The.Cat on September 4, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Haha, @sinhaya- grow up man, feel lucky that India is not in your group, have some knowledge regarding cricket. check recent Eng-SL2014 series, "legends" likes of sanga-mahela-mathews were thushed by mediocre england attack(67 all-out) and "attack" likes of mali-mathews-senanayeka were smashed(74-0) by 10 wkts. and that English team drinking water in front of India... no chance for sri-lanka. mark my words...

  • MuthuKumar_Vanalingam on September 4, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    @SLslider, we are talking about ODIs, not tests here. In ODIs, SL have been competitive all around the world not just in SL. So they have equal chance of doing well in world cup as other countries.

  • on September 4, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    Conditions are going to be different in Aus/NZ. NZ pitches will have a bit of e'thing for the bowlers whereas Aus will be hard & bouncy. I am not sure if the current fast bowling attack of Bhuvi & Shami will be that effective. We are definitely short of a quickie who can be consistently hit 140-145 kmph and bowl yorkers at the death. Maybe Umesh or Aaron is the answer, but we need to play them regularly to be match fit.

    In the batting dept, opening is still a worry. Dhawan will be easily sorted out and Rohit has the gift of the gab after a million failures ! Hopefully, its a good thing Virat is out of form now and he will find his touch and consistency by the time we are ready for the WC.

  • on September 4, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    India will be playing good number of ODIs in Australia before the WC... So they are already in advantage...

    @electric_loco_WAP4 -- Mate wc is of ODIs not Tests... If you think Indian bowlers will give 350 each time then don't forget the batsmen are capable to chase that...

    Also the wc will be tightly fought as pitches are very good there... But if you think Indians don't have any chance against your SL side then look at the Hobart match where Kohli hammered your bowlers like anything....

  • varmamr on September 4, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    It is really pathetic of us to have forgotten the thrashing we had in the real form of cricket in england.A very ordinary side thrashed us in three tests each within 3 days.Now that we have won 3 games against a still more weak side in ODI,s we are hailing India as a possible world cup contender?I am not being a spoilsport but just bringing out the harsh reality.AUS,SAF will beat us hands down and even NZ did not give us a game out of five last time we toured in NZ.So please stop being fickle minded and dont hail Dhoni and his men just as yet..Dont forget what happened 1 month back in the test series

  • Danish15 on September 4, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    Still a long way to go for the 2015 World Cup. I find this team very unpredictable. They perform the best when least is expected out of them. But, the surely have the capability to go all the way in the next edition of the world cup. Fingers crossed. Wait for it and hope for the best.

  • sidh78 on September 4, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    Dear indian team bashers who call india flat track bullies please note the record of india on fast bouncy seaming tracks out side SC 1.india won 2 WC in 1983(ODI)&2007(T20)in eng & SA respe. 2.finalist in 2003 WC in SA 3.won CT 2013 in eng without loosing a single match(including warm up matches) 4.won CB series in aus defeating strong aus team having hayden ponting symond in 2008 in straight 2 finals 5.won Nest West trophy in eng in 2001 6.won U-19 WC in aus in 2013. 7.won test series in eng,NZ,WI 8.Draw test series in SA in 2011(1-1).nearly won that series but kallis inning save SA from defeat but india totally dominate that draw test match 9.nearly draw the test series in aus 2-2 in 2008 if umpiring in that series was not poor. 10.won tri series in WI in 2013. 11.india A team played very well in SA in 2013. Also india won many series & tournaments SL Ban. So if india is flat track bullies how can india have such good records on fast bouncy seaming pitches.

  • Jinxy.The.Cat on September 4, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    peoples fingered @ India-Nz series 2014, 4-0, i want them to show something, and i am feeling proud to show you my young teams performance, 1st ODI- Nz(292-7) beat IND(268/10) by 24 runs, 2nd ODI- NZ(271/7) beat IND(277/10) by 15 runs D/L method, 3rd ODI-NZ(314/10) IND(314/9) match tied, 4th IND(278/5) LOOSE to Nz(280/3 in 3 balls remaining) by 7 wkts, 5th NZ(303/5) beat IND(216/10) by 87 Runs. this numbers shows alott better for the team which touring with 1st time touring new zealand with just 3 experinced players only. India have managed to give some fight upto 4th ODI with such a huge inexperinced side. Now, In case of world cup, india will be there with a settle side. so i will hope you to mind your own business.

  • yoohoo on September 4, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    I have a feeling SL fans are going to get a rude shock in this WC. They are all flying high saying the final will be Aus-SL. Well, all I will say is, any Sub continent team is not guarantee in Aus.

  • on September 4, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    Bowling is the only concern for India. If fast and spin bowlers take wickets consistently, India will win this trophy. No need to worry about batting..we have agressors , consolidators and finishers.

  • INDSlider on September 4, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    I think we shouldn't take England ODI victory as high due to few reasons. First, Eng hasn't been a very good ODI side in recent time. They were beaten by Lanka in early summer even when the conditions favoured them. Second, the conditions (summer) matches were held was more favorable to us than Eng. Third, Aus conditions could be very different to Eng. So, I give equal chances for SA, Aus, SL, NZ and Ind. Even, WI and Pak could create an upset.

  • on September 4, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    Suddenly all have become selectors. What we should have is more matches to prove they are the best, while not risking possible injuries, and away from mental fatigues.

  • on September 4, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    2015 WC goes to my team AUS. They have the meanest captain in Clarke that doesn't give an inch away, great strategist coach Lehman who knows how to bring the best out of his players & how to exploit opposition players, have big game player in Johnson, have hitting power & have the home adv. If they bring Shaun Tait in the mix in place of Faulkner Aus will destroy everyone.

    SA are 2nd favorites this time bcz Smith the worst captain's shadows are over. Smith had worst ODI win rate of 1.4 among all SA captains compare it to Cronje's 2.8 and Smith hardly won any tournament final & had terrible tournament final's & WC personal avg. SA this time has Du Plesses, Devilliers & Stein as match winners. Amla though has repeatedly failed in big games which proves that opponents have antidote for him which they use only in big games. But SA will miss big game player: Kallis.

    NZ, Ind & SL due to their inspiring captain will fall in 2nd league. Pak, WI & Eng have no chance.

  • rsurya on September 4, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    England out of form is wrongly perceived as India in form. Rohit sharma should play in the middle and never in the world he should open.

  • on September 4, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    Sometimes I can not help thinking that the greatest boon to the Indian (sub-continental?) cricket team has been the introduction of helmets. Of course there were some brilliant exceptions like Vijay Manjrekar, Pataudi, Gavaskar, Vengsarkar, M. Amarnath (later stages), Dravid and Tendulkar (though the last two wore helmets I never saw them being hit on it by a fast bowler!). And, I never saw Ravi Shastry or Sanjay Manjrekar playing as I used to live in a non cricket-playing country when they played. Manjrekar (Vijay) was simply brilliant in technique when it came to playing fast bowlers like Hall, Gilchrist or Truman. But for most of the others - ooh, what a relief!

  • on September 4, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Australia with its bouncy hard pitches wont be as easy for India. Mitchell Johnson and Dale Steyn are way better than the English seamers. The key to win is the top 3 firing ( Rahane/Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli) and three seamers getting breakthroughs. Umesh is a must - he took 14 wickets, last time we toured, surprised why Dhoni isnt playing him. Umesh/Shami/Bhuvi should be the preferred attack with Mohit&Varun as back ups. Zaheer wants to play the World Cup - if he is fit, it would be great.

  • SLslider on September 4, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    An a SL fan I have to say we are very lucky that we are not in the same group as India. We would have reached those finals if we would have met IND in group stages. AUS, IND have the best chance followed by SA, NZ, PAK, ENG, WI. It would be a miracle if Bangladesh or Zim win it. And SL don't have a chance to even compete against the mentioned teams, coz our colombo track legends will be found wanting in AUS. I would be happy if we post over 100 consistently with the players like Mahela and rest.

  • Jinxy.The.Cat on September 4, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    1. Rahane 2.Samson 3.Kohli 4.Rohit/Rayudu 5.Raina 6.MS Dhoni 7.Jadeja 8.Ashwin 9.Bhuvneshwar 10.Shami/aaron 11.U Yadav/Mohit. Get this line-up and win the WC2015.

  • Sinhaya on September 4, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    Indians cannot bat on expressways like Sharjah as they got all out for just 54 in year 2000. So if India passes 60 runs that is the 8th wonder of the world and the biggest upset in history of cricket. Prepare rocket fast pitches to get cheap 11 Indian wickets.

  • Sinhaya on September 4, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    As usual this will be an early exit for India. India will easily get thrashed unless umpires come to their aid as usual. No way will India win at all. Definitely not. Sri Lanka and Australia are the definite finalists.

  • on September 4, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    India could win only if Sachin had played.............In order to win big tournaments u need big match players who rise to occasion like Sachin, Ponting, Hayden, McGrath, Warne, Waseem, De Silva, Jayasuria, Kapil Dev.....................Set of good players can never win big tournaments obvious from SA & NZ performances

  • naren1983 on September 4, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    We want a well settled team before WC 2015 like we had in WC 2011. If you are not sure about XI, then the team is ready for exit before knock-out games. But India are certainly coming good in ODIs, after the current series they have series with WI and Tri-Series with Aus & Eng. If they play well in both the series with settled side, they have good chance to win this WC. That's why India are not bringing any new player now and don't want to put pressure on them, they are doing right thing keeping players who played with them for more than a year or so atleast. Once Kohli back to form, its all together a different team for India. We have good openers like Rahane, Shikhar, middle orders like Kohli, Rohit, Rayudu, then Finishers like Raina, Dhoni. Allrounders like Jadeja & Ashwin. Good Bowlers like Bhuvi, Shami, Umesh. Team should be 1. Rahane 2. Shikhar 3. Kohli 4. Rohit 5. Raina 6. Dhoni 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvi 10. Shami 11. Umesh 12. Aaron 13. Rayudu 14. Samson 15. Kulkarni/Pandey.

  • katch47 on September 4, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    When on a winning streak, everyone praises. I wonder why he didn't make any comments on the poor performance of IND during the test series.

  • Unbiased-views on September 4, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    @2nd_Slip I can't help but laugh @ your comment!!! looks like winning ODI's in SA is the main criteria for winning ICC titles!!! Let's look @ India's record in BIG tournaments outside SC.....1983 WC in Eng -- won, 2003 WC in SA -- Finalist, 2013 Champions Trophy in Eng -- won.....oh, i forgot that Ind are yet to win a ODI series in SA !!!!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on September 4, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    An Indian here . For the WC , the odds on favs. are Aus and SA . No surprises here. The 2 best teams in world have all the bases covered also considering that it is being played in Aus. Their bowling attack is as good as it gets in those pitches. They have powerful batting lineups capable of anything anywhere. Though SA have more of a classical ,orthodox top 3 ,Aussies have incredible hitting power from basically no.4 to about 9. If 1 of Clarke,Bailey,Finch anchor inngs. from an end with a 100,laying the platform at 30 overs anything is possible. Equally 1 of AB,Faf are capable of hauling any target of their own accord. And Amla to play anchor role. Not least,these are 2 of the most incredible fielding units, which will play huge part on big Aus grounds.

  • Humdingers on September 4, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    IND - if their batting clicks and they pick the right bowlers (Yadav, Arron, K.Sharma) will win again. But only if they get the right team on the park. SA - don't deserve to win anything if they consistently choke on the big stage. Winners win, they don't choke. But on paper they have a very very good side and tick all the boxes. SL - again will choke. They will probably make the Semi's though. AUS - top 4 definitely. Chance to go all the way but their fringe players need to click (Maxwell in particular). NZ - outside chance. WI - too inconsistent. Have all the talent but no application. PAK - have all the ingredients but again putting it all together is a different matter. ENG - may surprise, but doubtful if they don't make some tough decisions (like dropping Cook). BAN - not a chance.

  • on September 4, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    Aus, SA, NZ, and SL are the best bets. Pak and WI unpredictable. India and England will be similar in Aus conditions. India don't have death bowlers or a genuine pace allrounder. Plus they don't have "pinch hitters" or a mystery spinner...Also the boundaries will be longer, The pitches will have bounce. Will be tough for India, England, and BD.

  • Unbiased-views on September 4, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    @ johnathonjosephs Just check the scorecard of Ind-NZ ODI series...Most of the matches were really close even though the final score was 4-0!!!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on September 4, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    Eng and WI are much better contenders than India.That says much. Eng at least do have in Jimmy,Jordan,Woaks have decent enough fast bowlers, that if there's some help in the pitch can set up a game with a few cheap W. WI though unpredictable have an element of mystery in Narine and have a couple of decent quicks as well . Ind with mediocre bowlers will be facing 350 every time and their batsmen will easily be tackled with a few well directed bouncers and matching fields.And with Ashwin, Jad and part timers making core of their 'attack' on those pitches the batsmen will've task cut out even more. But none of these teams are likely to challenge favs. Aus ,SA or even SL,NZ. Semis -Aus,NZ,SA,SL.

  • anver777 on September 4, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    Like Sachin said on the current form & confidence IND is the favorite team for WC15 but don't discount SL, AUS , SA & NZ they are also not far away !!!!

  • pritamdas_circ on September 4, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    South Africa DESERVE to win WC2015, they are the best side. Followed by Australia and India. SL have been consistent in WCs since 2007, Pak although unpredictable but are more or less same as England with an unstable playing 11 and captain. Right mindset will give India success, playing in Australian soil won't be walk in the park, I guess the Tri-series weeks before WC will be crucial for India, if India win that, you can say we are seeing them in Finals.

  • Yousufahmed1 on September 4, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    I completely Agree with some comments. IND should not feel they are great after winning against ENG in Odis, even minnows like SL won(although not convincingly) against ENG. I hope IND players keep their feet on the ground and also hoping if we could have a series against SL just to boost our ranking points going into the WC. Thank you Sl for always being our punching bag Last 20 matches between SL and IND IND - 14 SL - 5 N/R - 1 Stats don't lie....

  • Yousufahmed1 on September 4, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    Jadeja is actually 3 SL legends rolled into 1. His batting average is same as Mahela, His bowling average is lower than Vaas and both used to bowl at the same speed, and he can field better than Dilshan. So yeah... if Jaddu was born in Sl he would have been a mega legend. Too bad he was born in IND and is batting at no. 8.

  • Yousufahmed1 on September 4, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    I completely Agree with some comments. IND should not feel they are great after winning against ENG in Odis, even minnows like SL won(although not convincingly) against ENG. I hope IND players keep their feet on the ground and also hoping if we could have a series against SL just to boost our ranking points going into the WC. Thank you Sl for always being our punching bag Last 20 matches between SL and IND IND - 14 SL - 5 N/R - 1 Stats don't lie....

  • IndianCoolGuy on September 4, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    @Shanuka Fernando: according to you, I think you would mean apart from SriLanka, every other team including Australia in their own den is going to face problems in the bouncy pitches.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on September 4, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    That's nice diplomatic statement from him.Hardly news, is it ? He would definitely not be saying anything else. Like they are hopeless, or have no chance etc. If you asked, he would have said Ind were good chance to beat Eng easily in the tests. And will say they will 'do well' vs Aussies at their home in the tests. But that is definitely not the case.

  • johnathonjosephs on September 4, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    Tendulkar is not understanding that this annihilation of England is due to them having a pretty poor ODI team. It wasn't that long ago that NZ battered the INdians in NZ and in the previous Australia ODI series (CB Bank series with Sri Lanka), a team with the likes of Tendulkar and Sehwag struggled in Australia.

  • jain84 on September 4, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    We certainly are if we play to our potential.Watch out for Rahane and Kohli in WC..they are going to fire..Please let Rahane open the innings and Rohit in the lower middle order coz i think he can hit big which he had done for MI in the past and not to forget his 16 sixes innings against Aussie.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on September 4, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    Not a news, is it ? Guess he would definitely not be saying anything else. Like they are hopeless, or have no chance etc. If you asked, he would have said Ind were good chance to beat Eng easily in the tests. And will say they will 'do well' vs Aussies at their home in the tests. But that is definitely not the case.

  • Presynaras on September 4, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    I don't understand why everyone is happy in accepting Aus is a good Test team after a couple years of poor cricket and losses everywhere, and a couple of good performance against a poor English test side and a surprisingly out of sorts SA, but no one is willing to accept India is a good ODI after their come back in ODIs, after poor runs early in the year. If you accept the former, you have to accept the latter. Shouldn't just keep bashing a team just because they are Indians and this bashing is mostly done by Indians.

  • on September 4, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    India will regret if they are lulled in to a false sense of over confidence if they think they are contenders based on their victories against this really pathetic England team. Just like England think they have really turned it around in tests after their victories against India. Not long ago we were wondering who would bat #3 if not Cheteshwar Pujara. ChePu does not even seem to be in the picture any more and rightly so but the problem in the Indian batting lineup on hard wickets in Australia have not gone away. Remember in NZ, SA and the last time India played a tri-series in Australia they performed very poorly.

  • on September 4, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    india is good but not strong won only 3 odi matches.they have continev same in the future but i think india struggle in australia and nz

  • 2nd_Slip on September 4, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    I can't help but laugh at this, not that long ago this side was ranked #1 in the ODI rankings but was hammered by both SA and NZ. Eng are to ODIs what India is to test cricket, two fairly week sides at alternating formats, so nothing much can be taken from this series Mr Tendulkar. I fancy NZ,Sri Lanka,Aus & SA to thrash India if they were to play each ATM.

  • on September 4, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    I hope everybody accepts he knows indian cricket more than anyone. His words are positive to the team. Good luck India you have master word with you.

  • Malik_Murad on September 4, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    IND team composition is such that is idea of an ODI team. They have good swing bowlers, good spinner and what to say about their batting lineup, they bat deep down the order and their late order batsmen are also capable of showing good performance. All and all IND Team is well set to show great performance in upcoming WC.

  • Edassery on September 4, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    Yeah, strong contender in flat pitches. Mind you, world cup in Australia may not offer you these kind of pitches. And I feel like laughing at Tendulkar talking about this team transforming into a great test team. You don't need to be always so diplomatic...

  • Kruns on September 4, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    @Warunamk :- India was always a good contender for winning a world cup saying this not after winning 3-0 against england .... but am sure they are very good contenders

  • PomarJagadish on September 4, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    Yes @Warunamk...The way which they won shows n speaks about the ODI team....Without Dhoni n Virat firing we are getting these sought of victories....Guess if they show their mettle how it would be......

    I strongly agree India are top contenders..India should go with their strength(6bt+2 spinnin all rounders+3 Fast bowlers) in Australia tooo rather than fitting Binny in mix of things and disturbing the momentum n combinations.....

    Dhawan...Rahane....Virat....Rohit....Raina....Dhoni.

    This are World class players in this ODI Format especially n have Jaddu n Ash to Support them in Slog overs if needed...

    Keep Wickets in hand till 30 n double the sore there after is the Mantra of this Indian Team and Should be the Mantra going ahead into WC2015

  • on September 4, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    @Warunamk. We are world No 1 in ODIs . Current World cup and champions trophy holders. And even in this series we are leading 3-0, so we won more than couple of matches . :P. We can safely say that India is one of the strong contenders of 2015 world cup.

  • 11_Warrior on September 4, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    My memory is not all that bad. I able to remember what India has faced in New Zealand & South Africa.

  • on September 4, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    yes India is strong contenders for World Cup because of their depth in batting line up and gud bowling attack .

  • Warunamk on September 4, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    Wow, they only won couple of matches and now they are strong contenders?

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  • Warunamk on September 4, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    Wow, they only won couple of matches and now they are strong contenders?

  • on September 4, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    yes India is strong contenders for World Cup because of their depth in batting line up and gud bowling attack .

  • 11_Warrior on September 4, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    My memory is not all that bad. I able to remember what India has faced in New Zealand & South Africa.

  • on September 4, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    @Warunamk. We are world No 1 in ODIs . Current World cup and champions trophy holders. And even in this series we are leading 3-0, so we won more than couple of matches . :P. We can safely say that India is one of the strong contenders of 2015 world cup.

  • PomarJagadish on September 4, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    Yes @Warunamk...The way which they won shows n speaks about the ODI team....Without Dhoni n Virat firing we are getting these sought of victories....Guess if they show their mettle how it would be......

    I strongly agree India are top contenders..India should go with their strength(6bt+2 spinnin all rounders+3 Fast bowlers) in Australia tooo rather than fitting Binny in mix of things and disturbing the momentum n combinations.....

    Dhawan...Rahane....Virat....Rohit....Raina....Dhoni.

    This are World class players in this ODI Format especially n have Jaddu n Ash to Support them in Slog overs if needed...

    Keep Wickets in hand till 30 n double the sore there after is the Mantra of this Indian Team and Should be the Mantra going ahead into WC2015

  • Kruns on September 4, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    @Warunamk :- India was always a good contender for winning a world cup saying this not after winning 3-0 against england .... but am sure they are very good contenders

  • Edassery on September 4, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    Yeah, strong contender in flat pitches. Mind you, world cup in Australia may not offer you these kind of pitches. And I feel like laughing at Tendulkar talking about this team transforming into a great test team. You don't need to be always so diplomatic...

  • Malik_Murad on September 4, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    IND team composition is such that is idea of an ODI team. They have good swing bowlers, good spinner and what to say about their batting lineup, they bat deep down the order and their late order batsmen are also capable of showing good performance. All and all IND Team is well set to show great performance in upcoming WC.

  • on September 4, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    I hope everybody accepts he knows indian cricket more than anyone. His words are positive to the team. Good luck India you have master word with you.

  • 2nd_Slip on September 4, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    I can't help but laugh at this, not that long ago this side was ranked #1 in the ODI rankings but was hammered by both SA and NZ. Eng are to ODIs what India is to test cricket, two fairly week sides at alternating formats, so nothing much can be taken from this series Mr Tendulkar. I fancy NZ,Sri Lanka,Aus & SA to thrash India if they were to play each ATM.