‘Wickets will favour batsmen but conditions will not be the same’

Former national selector Kris Srikkanth is "confident that India will do very well in the World Cup", which begins in England on May 30.

Kris Srikkanth was in Kochi for the Infopark cricket and football tournaments’ awards function at Kakkanad on Friday evening.   -  The Hindu

It’s one of the best places on the planet to play cricket. It’s also a country which is a joy for fast bowlers. But as cricket-crazy India gets ready to for the ICC World Cup, which begins in England this month-end, there is a feeling that the weather and the conditions could play a big part in the event there. The frequent overcast conditions could add to the suspense too.

“I think the wickets will favour the batsmen more. But from what I’ve heard, the conditions will not be the same old conditions. We will have to wait and see,” Krishnamachari Srikkanth, one of the big stars of India’s first-ever World Cup triumph in 1983, told Sportstar here on Friday evening.

The swashbuckling opener, who played Test cricket like a one-dayer, was the top scorer with 38 in that 1983 final against the West Indies in London. That victory changed cricket forever.

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“I think that World Cup was the turning point. And winning the 2011 World Cup again was a big thing too. I’m sure all Indians are all looking forward for this team to do well,” said Srikkanth, who was in Kochi for the Infopark cricket and football tournaments’ awards function at Kakkanad on Friday evening along with former football international Feroz Sheriff.  

“I’m confident that India will do very well in the World Cup. And we all hope that they repeat the 1983 World Cup because we won it in England for the first time.

Of course, we also won it in India in 2011.”

He felt that the World Cup will be an interesting one this time.

“We have a very good captain in Virat Kohli, a very passionate, aggressive and intelligent captain, and also well supported by M. S. Dhoni. And we have all kinds of players, we have good openers, good fast bowlers, good spinners,” he said.

“And I believe even though it’s going to be a long one, this World Cup is going to be interesting because every team plays every other team.

“I’d like to wish the Indian team all the best, hey Virat… just do it.”