Its recent results have been mixed at best but the Indian cricket team will be among the strongest contenders when the country hosts next year’s World Twenty20 Championships, feels West Indian batting legend Brian Lara.
India are currently engaged in a home series against South Africa and have lost the three-match T20 series.
“I think the Indian team playing at home is very dangerous team. And they proved that during (by winning) the World Cup in 2011 in India under (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni. They have got very exciting players and versatile,” Lara told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.
“I expect them to be favourites in the tournament (Twenty20 World Cup). I know home pressure is always there. I think the guys have grown a lot and I believe they have got a very good chance in the World Cup,” he said.
On to the West Indies and Lara was asked if he has ever given a thought to playing the mentor’s role for the current side.
“If I was to get involved mentoring or coaching the West Indies team I don’t think there is going to be any big difference. I think our problem is very deep-rooted. Our infrastructure is pretty average and administratively we are not doing a good job. I don’t believe any one person can create any magic at the top level and see different performances,” he said.