Cape Town: South African captain Shaun Pollock has said India's strong batting line- up posed a serious threat to other participants in the World Cup, despite its poor show in New Zealand. "They may have had their failures in recent times but it remains potentially a very dangerous batting line-up," said Pollock who had still not forgotten the two ICC Champions Trophy semi-final defeats against India in Kenya and Sri Lanka.
India had a disastrous tour of New Zealand in December when they lost both their Test matches and were thrashed 5-2 in the One-day series. But Pollock was not willing to rate Indians lightly. "I remember from my past experience they are a dangerous bunch of customers. They did it to us in Kenya and Sri Lanka, and they batted brilliantly well when they toured here last time (in 2001)," he said.
The host captain in particular remembers Saurav Ganguly for some astonishing hitting in the One-dayers, smashing no less than 14 sixes in the triangular Standard Bank tournament of 2001-2002. "Ganguly showed he had a freakish sense of timing," commented Pollock about his Indian counterpart.