Defending champions India have the best batting line-up and they should not lose heart after a winless build-up to the cricket World Cup, feels former speedster Javagal Srinath, who also urged the bowlers to make a difference in the mega-event.
“We’ve the best batting line-up in MS (Dhoni), Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. They’re all absolute match winners and big match players. It’s a great line-up that we have,” said the cricketer-turned-match referee.
Having landed in Australia in the last week of November in 2014, India are yet to win an official match and it took a World Cup warm-up game against Afghanistan yesterday to taste their first success.
India lost the four-match Test series against Australia 0-2 and then crashed out of the tri-series also involving England without a win, but Srinath said the past results would count little.
“We must understand that it’s a not a bilateral or a tri-series. Every match is like a final. It’s a mega event, the whole world will be watching and irrespective of their performance, they would strive to do well. You’ve to do well on the given day,” the three-time World Cupper said.
“All the top teams will see to get through to the quarters and semifinals first. That will be the main target.”
Prescribing a mantra for India’s success in the event, Srinath, who was part of the Indian team in the 1992 World Cup in Australia, said Indian bowlers would have to make the difference.
Putting the onus on the under-fire Indian bowlers, the 45-year-old added, “If we’ve to win the World Cup, the bowlers will have to make the difference. We have to find our combination right, sooner the better. We need three fast bowlers to do the job.”
With Pakistan first up, India could not have had a better start to the campaign as they have an all-win record against their historical rivals.
“Law of average always comes into consideration. But you can’t always approach the match with that sort of attitude. Yes it does give a psychological edge but I’m sure India will get the best out of them taking on their arch-rivals first up,” Srinath said.
He however did not want to rate any team or pick his favourite to win the quadrennial event.
“Every team will have equal opportunity, be it the teams who have not been doing well or the ones who’re in form. World Cup is played with different mindset, so it will be an even playing platform for all the teams.”