ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: 'Disappointing' if balanced Indian side is unable to bring home trophy, says Mohammed Azharuddin

Mohammed Azharuddin, the veteran of 99 Tests was speaking in suburban Bandra after inaugurating a salon. India begin their World Cup campaign on 5 June against South Africa at Southampton

Press Trust of India, May 07, 2019 21:09:24 IST

Mumbai: Former captain Mohammed Azharuddin on Tuesday described India's World Cup squad a balanced one and said any result less than the coveted trophy would be seen as a disappointment for the two-time champions.

File photo of Mohammad Azharuddin. Reuters

File photo of Mohammad Azharuddin. Reuters

The World Cup gets underway in the United Kingdom from 30 May. India won the big prize in 1983 and 2011.

"India have a very good chance (in the World Cup) because we have got a very balanced side. We have got good bowlers, good batsmen and then our fielding is very good (and has) improved a lot over a period of time," Azharuddin told reporters.

The veteran of 99 Tests was speaking in suburban Bandra after inaugurating a salon. India begin their World Cup campaign on 5 June against South Africa at Southampton.

"I would be disappointed if India doesn't win the World Cup and I'm hoping that we will bring the Cup," he said.

Azhar, who led India in three World Cups (1992, 1996 and 1999), also felt not much should be read into Kohli's poor run as captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. RCB were knocked out at the league stage.

"Ups and downs happen in life. But looking at his records and statistics, there is no need to worry. I feel he (Kohli) would have saved his best for the World Cup," said the former batsman, who scored over 9,000 runs in 334 One Day Internationals.

Updated Date: May 07, 2019 21:09:24 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254