Indian players will peak at World Cup, predicts Borde

Published: Saturday, January 11, 2003, 1:14 [IST]
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Pune: Former selection committee chairman Chandu Borde on Friday said he was confident that the Indian cricket team, who are performing below par in the on-going New Zealand tour, would peak during the World Cup in South Africa next month. "Indian team is going through a bad phase in the current series in New Zealand and the critics should restrain from writing them off as they can bounce back during the World Cup," Borde told reporters after unveiling the Hero Honda ICC cricket World Cup at PYC Hindu Gymkhana Complex.

The former Test star said he was very optimistic that this team was the best one selected to represent the country. "The batting line of the present Indian team is the strongest and don't go by their current performance in New Zealand, as the wickets there have always been helpful to seamers who could extricate more seam and bounce, which perhaps was also the cause for even the host team's batting failure", he said.

Borde said the Indian bowling was causing a bit of anxiety. He was, however, confident that pace and spin attack will come good during the World Cup. He was particularly happy with medium pacers Zaheer Khan and Javagal Srinath's performances and said Srinath has come back strongly after the much needed rest. Spin bowlers Anil Kumble and Harbajan Singh, who struggled a bit during the current series, should be able to regain their rhythm and guile during the World Cup, Borde said.

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