When it comes to ICC World Cup, everyone goes in the era of 1983 World Cup led by Kapil Dev. Captain believed that a mix of youth and experience in a well-balanced squad would work in India's favour at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019.
KapilDev is the youngest test cricketer to take 100 (21 years, 25 days), 200 (24 years, days) and 300 wickets (27 years, 2 days). Had best bowling figures in an innings of a test match as captain (9/83) and in fact, he is the only captain to take a 9 wicket haul in Test innings also, best bowling in a test innings in a losing cause.
KapilDev, who led India to their first title in the 1983 event, backed the team to reach the knockouts in this edition, going in as one of the strongest sides. According to KapilDev, “India hasthe right balance – four fast bowlers, three spinners and duoViratKohli and MS Dhoni”. With this IPL 2019, CSK Captain MS Dhoni becomes the most successful keeper in IPL history. RCB CaptianViratKohli scored five IPL centuries and maintained his position for ICC World Cup 2019.
All praised for the team's pace attack when India's greatest fast-bowling all-rounder KapilDev finished his career with 253 wickets in 225 one-day internationals. "The four fast bowlers we have are fantastic," he said.
Since Hardik Pandya debut, Pandya has prompted high expectations among fans that he could be a cricketer in the KapilDev vein. However, the veteran dismissed comparisons. The pacers will be backed by Hardik Pandya, the all-rounder. "You should not put pressure on Hardik Pandya," he said. KapilDev did not doubt on his talent by saying that “Hardik Pandya has enough talent, let him play his natural game. I don't like anybody being compared to anyone because that puts pressure on that player."
Naming India as one of the favourites, along with Australia, England, New Zealand and West Indies as the dark horses, he added, "I think India will definitely finish in the top four. After that, it will be really difficult. After the semi-finals, a stroke of luck alongside personal and team performance will determine who goes forward”.