Auckland: New Zealand's star all-rounder Chris Cairns on Thursday backed the Indian team to do well in the coming World Cup despite their woeful performance on the current tour.
"I am sure these guys will come right once they go home, have a break and head for the World Cup," said Cairns. "Big players turn up for big tournaments. "Sachin Tendulkar has been out for a few games and Saurav Ganguly has been a bit out of touch. But then performance is temporary and class is permanent," he said. Cairns' encouraging words will be a boost for Ganguly's side which was blanked 0-2 in the Test series and are trailing 1-4 in the seven-match One-day series. "I think India has got a good side.
I saw it play in England. It just seems to have hit a losing streak," Cairns said. Cairns dismissed suggestions that there were not enough quality all-rounders in the world like in the 80s when the likes of Imran Khan, Kapil Dev, Ian Botham and Richard Hadlee played.
"I still think with the likes of Jacques Kallis, Shaun Pollock, Lance Klusener and Andrew Flintoff, there are quite a few all-rounders. I know India hasn't produced one for a long time. Anyone following Kapil will have a tough time. It's really difficult to do both - bowl genuinely quick and have the fortitude and patience to bat."