Indian fast bowler Varun Aaron on Friday said that the Indian team is much better than that of Pakistan and there`s no reason why they shouldn`t beat them in the upcoming World Cup.
He also noted that the India-Australia matches are played at a much higher intensity than India-Pakistan matches of late.
"We have a much better team than Pakistan, there is no reason why we shouldn`t win the match against Pakistan. I feel India has developed a fierce rivalry with Australia off late and the intensity of India-Australia matches are almost outdoing the intensity of India-Pakistan matches. The rivalry between India and Pakistan will always be there, but the match to look out for will be the India-Australia one," Aaron told ANI.
Pakistan`s all-rounder Shahid Afridi in his latest autobiography `Game Changer` slammed India`s former cricketer Gautam Gambhir for his attitude and said Gambhir acted like he was a cross between Don Bradman and James Bond.
However, Aaron said there is nothing serious about this issue as everyone tries to make their book more interesting for the readers.
"Everybody wants to make the book interesting for the readers. But as far as I know, all India-Pakistan cricketers have good relations off the field. Knowing all the Pakistan players, we are just like brothers from another country. All of the guys speak to each other in Punjabi, otherwise I don`t see anything serious in this issue," Aaron said.
Aaron also believes that the Indian team has one of the best chances of winning the World Cup due to the balance the team possess. He also opined that the team`s players have experience in overseas conditions and the team`s bowling lineup is a very varied one.
"I feel we have one of the best chances of winning the World Cup with the side we have. We`ve got an unbelievable batting lineup and our bowlers have been great of late. All the players have experience in overseas conditions so I don`t think anyone should have questions," he said.
"Our bowling line-up is a varied line-up. You got Bhuvi who can swing the ball, Bumrah can bowl really well at the front and in the death, Shami bowls with great speed and I really hope they win the Cup back," he added.
The 29-year-old Aaron said the conditions in England for the upcoming World Cup will be quite flat and the bowler said that the hosts England are one of the favourites for the World Cup.
He believes that the West Indies are going to be the dark horses in the World Cup due to the big hitters they have in their ranks.
"The English tracks are quite flat, it`s just the atmosphere that helps the bowlers. You are going to see high scoring games because of the small size of the grounds. If there`s cloud cover you may see swinging conditions for the bowlers," Aaron told ANI.
"England is a really good contender because they have a really good side. You can never count out Australia because they have won so many World Cups. For me, the dark horse will be West Indies as they have Gayle back in the mix, you`ve got Russell and any Windies bowler can be destructive on his day," he added.
Aaron believes that having MS Dhoni in the team is a very good thing for captain Virat Kohli and Dhoni`s ability to manoeuvre bowlers from behind the stumps will hold the team in good stead in the World Cup.
"Dhoni is the most accomplished captain that India has ever had. I am glad that Virat has Dhoni in his ranks who can give him advice. Dhoni marshalling the troops from behind will play a crucial role in the upcoming World Cup," Aaron said.
Aaron hopes to make it to the Indian national team and said that he'll be able to stage a comeback in the team if he bowls to his potential.
"I am very confident of playing for the country. I know I haven`t played for the last three years because of a few setbacks here and there. I am coming back from a very good domestic season. I am just trying to bowl at my potential and I know that if I bowl at my potential, I`ll make a comeback into the team," Aaron said.
Aaron is currently playing for the Rajasthan Royals in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) and the team`s hopes of making it to the playoffs hang by a thread.
The team needs to win the final match and then they need other results to go their way to progress to the playoffs.
Rajasthan Royals changed their captaincy reins in the middle of the tournament. Steve Smith replaced Ajinkya Rahane as the captain of the team. Aaron believes that the captaincy change did not affect the side much and opined that players were highly motivated as they had to win every match in the tournament to stay alive for a possible shot at playoffs.
"I wouldn`t say there are too many changes, nothing has changed much. I would just say when Smith took over the captaincy we were in a position where we needed to win almost every game. The boys were very motivated and there was a spirit in the team. Smith is a great captain, we have come up with great results. I would say nothing has changed much, it was a change in mindset knowing the situation we were in," Aaron said.
Aaron has played 9 Tests and 9 ODIs for India in which he has taken 18 and 11 wickets respectively.