Talking to reporters after the Ambathi Rayudu-led team assembled in Mumbai on Saturday, Singh said he would consider his team, the Asian champions, one of the favourites to win the Cup and "the favourites" as predicted by a few.
"I think South Africa, England and Australia too might be having strong teams and you can not rule out the Asian teams like Pakistan and Sri Lanka, who will be playing on similar pitches and conditions, found in their own back yard but yes I can say that we are one of the favourites as we are the Asian Champions", the former Indian all-rounder, who declared his retirement from international cricket recently, said.
When asked what would be his strategy during the tournament, Singh, said, "We would like to take one match at a time and I am confident that my boys will do well as they are a bunch of talented youngsters who all stand a very good chance of making it big in the near future".
"In fact I am so confident of their abilities that I would like to tell their respective associations to keep persisting with them in various domestic tournaments, including Ranji Trophy, even if they fail in the early part of their career," Singh said.
"I am also sure that each one of them (boys) will be better players after this big tournament even though we are going to approach it as "just another tournament." Singh also said that the younger generation of players understood the game much better than the players of his generation as the present lot got better exposure.