While being confident on defending the upcoming World Cup, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes that the upcoming Australia tour just before the World Cup would be a great opportunity to polish skills and adjust to the environment. On 15th February next year India will start its crusade to win the World title for the third time.
“The tour to Australia in the lead up to the World Cup will be a good opportunity to hone our skills and, like all the sides participating in the tournament, be fully prepared for cricket’s ultimate prize,” said the 33-year-old.
On seeing India’s recent performance and pool of flexible and adaptive young legs in the side, Dhoni said “Following the World Cup triumph in 2011, the India side won the 50-over ICC Champions Trophy in the United Kingdom. This reflects the caliber and talent of the side and its ability to adapt and perform in any condition,”
“The World Cup is the biggest prize in cricket and to defend the title in Australia and New Zealand next year is a special opportunity. Like all the players, as well as millions of die-hard India cricket supporters around the globe, I look forward to the tournament with anticipation and excitement,” added the wicketkeeper
Part of world cup winner team, Australian skipper said that it feels great and gives a unique opportunity to play against the home crowd, and believes it to be a once in a lifetime opportunity. “The last time the ICC Cricket World Cup was played in Australia was 23 years ago, so to be able to play in one at home is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Clarke.
However, it seems that team hosting the is unable to perform well against the home crowd as India is the only cricket playing nation which won the world title while hosting the world cup. Indian hosted and won the 2011 world cup.
While captain of England cricket team Alister Cook believes that his side will perform better than the England side in 1992. “England reached the final the last time the competition was staged in Australia and New Zealand so there’s a real incentive for us to go one better next time and win the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time,” he said.