India is team to beat at World Cup 2011

Updated: Jul 18, 2010, 00:06 AM IST

Dubai: New Zealand bowler-turned-commentator Danny Morrison predicts that India will be the side to beat at next year`s ICC Cricket World Cup.

"I think India has the best opportunity to lift the World Cup this time round," says the 44-year-old from Auckland. "It has to be good for them playing on home turf. It adds pressure but that`s part of hosting.

"Sachin Tendulkar, the master, deserves to have some sort of winners` medal hanging round his neck but it`s not all about him. Cricket is a tough game and it`s also about whether Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni can deliver for India. Can they do it for Sachin?

"You feel that India want something special to happen and this year I think you`ve got to go with the India team to emulate the 1983 side led by Kapil Dev ," says the former fast bowler who claimed 126 ODI wickets and 160 at Test level.