Indian team has potential to repeat 1983 feat: Madan Lal

Published: Monday, February 10, 2003, 2:37 [IST]
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Patna: The Indian team with a blend of youth and experience stand a good chance to win the ongoing World cup in South Africa, former international cricketer Madan Lal said on Sunday. "The current Indian squad has the right combination of young and experienced batsman, bowlers and all-rounders and I do not see any reason why it shall not repeat the 1983 performance," Lal, member of the 1983 Prudential cup winning team, told reporters.

He suggested that the Indian team should field both the world class spinners Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh along with two seamers to add more sting to its bowling arsenal. To a question whether batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar should open the innings, Lal, who had also served as coach of the Indian team, said he did not see any need to change the bating line-up. "A good batsman can bat till number four" Lal was here to inaugurate a World Cup carnival jointly organised by the electronic giants LG Group and Hotel Maurya.

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