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Champions Trophy 2017: India's well-rounded attack makes them title favourites, says Erapalli Prasanna

New Delhi: Spin great Erapalli Prasanna feels India's well-rounded attack make them favourite to defend the Champions Trophy they won four years ago.

File photo of Erapalli Prasanna. AFP.

File photo of Erapalli Prasanna. AFP.

"I feel India and Australia are two most well balanced teams. They should make the final. India especially have very good attack with six specialist bowlers," Prasanna told PTI.

The former off-spinner further said that tweakers Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will play a major role, just like they did in 2013.

Jadeja was India's leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 12 wickets at an average of 12.13 while Ashwin took eight wickets at 22.62.

"I also wanted to see Kuldeep Yadav in the squad but probably the selectors did pick him considering the tournament is in England where you would need seamers and all four seamers that we have will prove more than a handful," said Prasanna.

"The 20 overs bowlers by spinners will also be crucial. It is a 50-over game and their job will be to stem the flow of runs and take wickets in the middle overs."

The 77-year-old added that fact nine of 15 current squad members played in the tournament gives the side a settled look.

"We have a lot of experience in this current squad. The core remains the same which is the biggest advantage. With nine out of 15 from the current squad are from the victorious 2013 squad, there will be a certain sense of familiarity with the conditions and that will help our team," the veteran said.


Published Date: May 25, 2017 13:41 PM | Updated Date: May 25, 2017 14:04 PM

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