Current team better prepared than ~~83 side: Gavaskar

Published: Thursday, March 1, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:India's batting legend Sunil Gavaskar today said the current Indian World Cup team is a better prepared than the one which won the Cup in 1983.

Gavaskar was speaking to reporters after flagging off the 18-foot long 'CEAT Cricket Ratings Billion Man Bat', which will be taken to various cities of the country to collect signatures from cricket fans and then be presented to the Rahul Dravid-led Indian team.

Gavaskar and Harsh Goenka, Chairman and MD, RPG Group, were the first signatories on the bat.

The former India captain said in terms of sheer experience and match fitness, this team is better prepared than we were. ''I am sure that they have it in them to win the World Cup and get it back here, where it actually belongs given the following and passion the game enjoys in India,'' Gavaskar added.

Gavaskar said with four openers in the squad, India enjoys a big advantage as it gives the team the flexibility and more options.

On the fitness of the pace bowlers, Gavaskar said this was the reason that five pacers have been selected in the team. ''Also in the West Indies, the rain is unpredictable and in overcast conditions, the swing bowlers will come into more use than the other bowlers.''

Gavaskar felt that the recent losses suffered by Australia has eroded the aura of invincibility which they had been having for the past few years. ''Now teams have the belief and confidence that they can beat Australia,'' he said.

Gavaskar also requested all Indians to pray every night from tonight onwards for the team to do well and come back with the World Cup.


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