Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > News >

India have ammunition to win 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup: Kapil Dev

India have ammunition to win 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup: Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev thinks India has the belief to excel overseas © Getty Images

Melbourne: Jul 31, 2013 

India‘s 1983 World Cup winning skipper Kapil Dev feels the growing self belief of the Indian cricket team that they can win regularly outside their own borders could hold them in good stead to defend the 2015 World Cup title in Australia and New Zealand.

Indian sides have notoriously played like champs at home and chumps overseas, but Kapil thinks the country’s triumph at this year’s Champions Trophy in the United Kingdom could prove to be a pivotal moment on the road to the game’s showpiece event in early 2015.

“I think recently it’s happening, they start believing, it’s the self-belief,” Kapil said at the tournament launch yesterday.

“I think the Champions Trophy, winning it, has given them a very big strength within themselves. We are just hoping we carry on playing the way we are playing,” he said.

Kapil said the influx of international players to India for the annual IPL tournament and the subsequent exchange of thoughts and ideas on the game had helped change the mindset of India’s cricketers.

“I think possibly the thought processes have changed and that’s a good thing for the Indian team,” he said.

A key reason behind India’s struggles in Australia in particular has been their inability to adapt to different conditions and while Kapil admitted that would be an issue, he felt his country still had the ability to become just the third team in history to achieve back-to-back World Cup titles.

“Our team looks quite good, they have the ammunition to win the World Cup so I hope they can play good cricket,” Kapil said.

“It’s very tough to win in Australia because the conditions is not exactly the way Indian teams like to have but I think they have the team that can win the World Cup.

“I hope they are not peaking too early,” Kapil quipped.

The 54-year-old’s confidence is based mainly on the successful transition India’s ODI side has undergone which has seen them winning series against England and Zimbabwe as well as the Champions Trophy this year.

 ”When your greats go out of the team like Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Sourav Ganguly, after playing for 15 years, it takes time to rebuild the team,” Kapil said.

“But this new team with [MS] Dhoni being the captain, the young boys have come out, [Ravindra] Jadeja, you can say [Shikhar] Dhawan, who really have taken the place.”

Talking about ICC associate and affiliate teams, Kapil said the only way these sides will improve is if they play more regularly against the established nations’ second-tier sides rather than being thrown in the deep end every four years against the best teams in the world at each World Cup.

“If you really ask me to promote that, I think India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, West Indies their second XI teams should travel to these type of countries to give them more exposure,” Kapil said.

“Until they play with the better players, they can’t raise their standard,” he said.

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 23, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 24, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

More

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 22, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 72 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 21, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Chennai Super Kings won by 93 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 20, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014  at Dubai

Delhi Daredevils won by 4 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014  at Dubai

Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 7 wkts

Photos

CSK vs DD, IPL 2014 Match 8 at Abu Dhabi

Videos

IPL: Tanmay Mishra talks shows the contents of his kit

IPL 2009: Yusuf Pathan leads Rajasthan Royals to memorable win over Kolkata Knight Riders in Super Over

Who else but Shakespeare on the World Book and Copyright Day?

IPL 2013: Shane Watson’s scintillating century against Chennai Super Kings goes in vain

John Small — The first man to use a straight bat

IPL 2014: Dwayne Bravo’s absence a major blow for Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings Delhi Daredevils Glenn Maxwell India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kings XI Punjab KXIP vs SRH KXIP vs SRH 2014 MS Dhoni Mumbai Indians Rajasthan Royals Royal Challengers Bangalore Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sachin Tendulkar greater than Don Bradman, claims new book titled ‘Greater Than Bradman’

Lasith Malinga named Sri Lanka T20 captain, Lahiru Thirimanne vice captain in all formats

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2014, Match 11 Preview: RCB look to maintain winning momentum

Peter Moores — Most unsuccessful England coach of modern times: Report

IPL 7: Chris Gayle returns as upbeat Royal Challengers Bangalore face off against Kolkata Knight Riders

Meg Lanning, Arran Brindle and other women cricketers who have led at a younger age than ther male counterparts

IPL 2013: Chris Gayle’s monumental 175 against Pune Warriors India

Aditya Verma waging war against BCCI for future of Bihar cricket

IPL 2014: Sunrisers Hyderabad need to have a relook at their top-heavy batting line-up

Hasan Raza: The youngest Test debutant

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

622 Posts | 7 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli's 77 during India vs Sri Lanka ICC World T20 2014 final at Dhaka

Top 10 rock songs to take your workout to the next level

Top 6 natural remedies to keep your liver healthy

Janaki Vishwanathan: Yeh Hai Bakrapur has been getting widespread appreciation even before its release

DGCA allows in-flight use of mobiles, laptops on flight mode

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2014, Match 11 Preview: RCB look to maintain winning momentum

India Elections 2014: How does an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) work?

An astonishing list of women cricketers who captained at a younger age than their male counterparts

Kajol: A visual delight as a pin-up girl!

Also on cricketcountry.com