Former New Zealand skipper backs India as favourites to win the World Cup

Stephen Fleming speaks about India’s chances at the World Cup next year

Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming has said that the current Indian squad looks strong on paper and they have all their bases covered.

He also said that if the team managed to keep the players fresh and sharp, they will be the maximum chances of winning the 2019 World Cup. Fleming has also spoken about the weather forecast and has said that England will be witnessing a hot summer and it could make things difficult for the Indian seamers.

“They are a strong side and they might as well walk in as the favourites in the tournament. But, it is going to be a hot summer in England and the management must be concerned about the form of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah. They need to develop pace better and keep replacement players ready if in case they need them.”

Fleming has coached Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja in Chennai Super Kings and he believes that their inclusion has given team India a huge boost with World Cup around the corner.

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“I think Virat Kohli will be with the openers and MS Dhoni will rise for the occasion. Kedar Jadhav and Dinesh Karthik will also be there for the team whenever they need them. They have plenty of resources.”

India will be travelling to Australia and New Zealand before the World Cup and the former skipper believes that this will give team India a great opportunity to get their rhythm and work on their strategies before the World Cup 2019 in England.

India are currently playing in the Asia Cup and they will be hosting West Indies for a month-long series from October 4, 2018.

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