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Kumble feels pressure India's biggest rival

Published: Tuesday, June 9, 2009, 10:44 [IST]
 
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India must deal with pressure: Kumble

England: India has all the potential to to retain World Twenty20 title if they can defy the pressure of being defending champions, says none other than Anil Kumble.

"They can defend it but the pressure is on them this time as champions," Kumble, who retired from international cricket in November, said.

"Last time, the expectation was not that high for India or even for the format."

India began their title hunt wit a comfortable 25-run win over Bangladesh on Saturday at Trent Bridge and have a final group match against minnows Ireland on Wednesday. They are seeking a second successive title after beating Pakistan in the 2007 final.

All-mighty India off to a winning start

"They are a fantastic side," said Kumble, who is in England as a television pundit.

"They have got some great hitters who are very intimidating for opponents, have good variety in their bowling with off-spin, left-arm spin, left-arm swing from Zaheer (Khan) and the right-arm pace of Ishant (Sharma). So there is plenty of surprise and quality in the team."

 Kumble, former Indian captain, had claimed 956 wickets in both Test and limited-over formats during his 20-year career.

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