With fielding improved, India are favourites

Last Updated: Mar 25, 2011, 11:50 AM IST

West Indian legend Vivian Richards feels that Indian cricket team has improved in the fielding department in recent times and that increases the chance of Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s men winning the World Cup.

"India has improved in the fielding department recently.”

“I see change in psyche among the Indian players. Today the players are more committed on the field. People like (coach) Gary Kirsten should be given credit for that," Richards said while participating at a cricket programme "Power Play".

"I think a good fielding unit will win this World Cup," said Richards, considered the most destructive batsman of modern cricket.

Richards praised Dhoni for leading from the front. "If you are a leader, you have to perform. And Dhoni is leading the side from the front."

Former Australian captain Steve Waugh agreed Richards on the best fielding side having the highest chance of winning the February 19-April 2 World Cup.

"Fielding is going to be an important factor in this World Cup. Catching, run-outs will play important roles. The best fielding side has the most chance of winning," said Waugh.

"India has a good chance to win the World Cup," he said.

PTI