Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > News >

India can expect huge crowd support during ICC World Cup 2015, feels Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar expects huge Indian crowds during the ICC World Cup 2015 © Getty Images
Sunil Gavaskar expects huge Indian crowds during the ICC World Cup 2015 © Getty Images

 

Wellington: Feb 13, 2014

 

New Zealand and Australia can expect an influx of Indian fans for next year’s World Cup as the world champions will look to defend their title, legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar said on Friday.

 

Marking the one-year countdown to the event, Gavaskar said Indian fans were keen to relive the joy of 2011, when they became the first team to win the one-day tournament on home soil.

 

He said victory in the 1983 World Cup was the highlight of his career, but the Indian public’s devotion to the game went up even higher with the win in Mumbai in 2011, meaning fans were likely to be out in force next year.

 

“There were so many people on the streets of (Mumbai), you just couldn’t go anywhere,” he told reporters in Wellington.

 

“It was absolutely massive. That’s the passion that Indians have for this game. I’m pretty certain that the Indians will be coming here to enjoy their cricket and partake of the magnificent hospitality.”

 

India are in a challenging pool for next year’s event that includes South Africa, Pakistan and the West Indies. They play matches in both New Zealand and Australia.

 

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said the event promised to be a huge spectacle.

 

“It’s going to get rolled out to 182 countries, over a billion people will watch the Cricket World Cup, that’s a fifth of the world’s population, so it’s going to be a magnificent event,” he said.

 

Key said the host nations had made it easier for overseas fans to travel to the tournament by introducing a single trans-Tasman entry visa for the event, so they did not need to fill out paperwork for each country.

 

New Zealand great Sir Richard Hadlee said the Black Caps, riding high after a 4-0 one-day series win over India, needed to overcome a psychological hurdle if they were to win the tournament.

 

He said New Zealand bore the mental scars of reaching the semi-finals six times but never going on to claim the trophy.

 

“If we can replicate the form that we’re in now in 12 months time then we’re in with a shot,” he said.

 

“But we do have that mental barrier don’t we? Six previous semi-finals but we’ve not gone beyond that.

 

“If we can make the semi-final and dig deep then it’s 50-50 on the day when you’re in the final, so we can live in hope.”

 

The ICC World Cup 2015 will be held from February 14 to March 15 with 49 matches played in 14 venues across the two host nations.

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 18, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 18, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 20, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

More

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 17, 2014  at Sharjah

Scores delayed by 15 mins Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 8 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 16, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 41 runs

Womens World T20, 2014

Apr 6, 2014  at Dhaka

Australia Women won by 6 wkts

T20 WC 2014

Apr 6, 2014  at Dhaka

Sri Lanka won by 6 wkts

Womens World T20, 2014

Apr 4, 2014  at Dhaka

England Women won by 9 wkts

Photos

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge play cricket

Videos

Video Highlights: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders wickets

IPL 7: Vintage Jacques Kallis showed his class for Kolkata Knight Riders against Mumbai Indians

IPL 2014: Onus on Chris Gayle to take Royal Challengers Bangalore all the way

IPL 2014: Capacity crowd at UAE provides glimpse of the T20 league’s huge following

Narendra Modi’s tea-vendor origin influences MS Dhoni in calling laundrymen to clean up BCCI mess

Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL 2014 Preview: RCB have advantage over DD sans Kevin Pietersen

Australia BCCI Delhi Daredevils India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kolkata Knight Riders Lasith Malinga Mumbai Indians Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders Royal Challengers Bangalore Sachin Tendulkar Virat Kohli

Prem Kumar Dhumal denies extending land allocation favour to HPCA

IPL 2014: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Delhi Daredevils by 8 wickets

Delhi Daredevils (DD) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), IPL 2014: Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh make merry

Delhi Daredevils (DD) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), IPL 2014: Royal Challengers Bangalore in firm control over run-chase

Delhi Daredevils (DD) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), IPL 2014: Bangalore lose Parthiv

Former Australia PM Robert Menzies used cricket to win a case as a lawyer

Naoomal Jaoomal: The man who opened batting in India’s first ever Test

Sony launches ‘IPL Smart Earphone’ to filter crap commentary; calls endeavour CSR

IPL Statistics and Records: IPL’s First

IPL 2014: Umpire Camera View creates latest buzz in tournament

Fan of the Day

Sudatta Mukherjee

Sudatta Mukherjee

1 Posts | 0 Fans

Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2014 Video Highlights

Nokia Lumia 2520 sales suspended due to issue with faulty charger

Live Score Updates, IPL 2014: Delhi Daredevils (DD) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Bangalore 146/2 after 16.4 Ovrs

John Abraham to play don again!

BJP performance will surprise BJD, Congress: KV Singhdeo

Suffer from hemophilia and planning to conceive?

[Watch] Rahul Gandhi laid down his life for the country, claims over enthusiastic Congress leader

Delhi Daredevils (DD) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), IPL 2014: Royal Challengers Bangalore in firm control over run-chase

Paanch: What did Gauti, Gauri and her gang do to Roshni Kataria?

Also on cricketcountry.com