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Cricket news - India have a balanced WC squad: Dravid
Former India captain and current India 'A' and U-19 coach Rahul Dravid has said that India have a good balanced side going into the ICC World Cup which gets under way in England from May 30. Dravid felt conditions in England have changed a lot over the years and that the present Indian squad led by Virat Kohli has the wherewithal to master the same and return triumphant.
Your thoughts on the Indian team for the World Cup in England?
It was never going to be easy for the selectors. Without commenting on the specifics, overall India have a good balanced team for this World Cup. (They have) lots of combinations, lots of options.
It is a question of them performing in the tournament. You can always argue one or two cases, one or two names. The team has been picked, (now) back it and hope they do really well.
Will Virat Kohli's boys master English conditions?
English conditions have changed, especially for ODIs. We were there last year for the 'A' series and scores were really high. The par score was 300 and was being chased consistently. One-dayers have changed slightly in England and (you) can't go with the typical mindset that it will be the old English conditions (of swing and seam). Wickets have become flatter in England, encouraging higher scores.
So conditions are different than they were in 1999?
I expect the games to be totally different than in 1999 when England last hosted the World Cup which was a slightly low-scoring affair. This time it will probably be a much more high-scoring World Cup and India are well equipped for that as well.
Will India's recent series defeat to Australia matter?
In the last 30 months, the Indians have been playing really well and the defeat - much credit to the way the Australians played - came at the backend of a very busy series. We have the right combination for the World Cup. If India win the World Cup, we will not be worrying about who won 2-3 or 3-2. There will be an odd series that India will lose. But the (ICC) rankings prove that India are there and should win the World Cup.
How is your coaching career coming along?
I have enjoyed coaching and being with young players. It has not been an easy profession and involves a lot of time away from home. Luckily the family has been supportive. It is a great opportunity and a lot is happening in the game. It is fascinating to see talent on display. The youngsters are more committed to the game in terms of professionalism. Cricket coaching brings a lot of perspective.
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