India can win the World Cup: Kapil Dev

Jamshedpur: India’s only World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev on Saturday said with a combination of experience and youth and a little bit of luck, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men could win the 2011 quadrennial event to be hosted jointly by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

“The present Indian team has good track record. The combination of experienced and young players would help the team to win the World Cup,” the legendary all-rounder, who led India to its only world title way back in 1983, said during a promotional event here.

When apprised that none of the World Cup organizing country could win the trophy at home ground till date, Kapil said perhaps, India will break the jinx this time.

“No team can win the World Cup depending on a particular player. A total team effort is required to emerge champion,” he said when asked to name one dependable player in the Indian team.

To a query whether India skipper Dhoni could repeat his 1983 feat, he said, “He could achieve much more than me.”

Kapil was of the view that all the participating teams are strong contenders and whoever, performs during the mega-event would emerge as the winner.

Asked whether Test cricket would survive in the wake of Twenty20 format’s popularity, Kapil said the traditional version of the game will never die.

About local lad Saurav Tiwary, who has been named in 30-men World Cup probables list, he said: “If he could perform, he will get a chance and prosper like Dhoni.”


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