India on right track to claim World Cup: Akram

Published: Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 16:41 [IST]
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'India on right track to claim 2011 WC'

Lahore, Oct 19: Escalating India's hopes ahead of the 2011 World Cup, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has said that Indian cricket is on the right track in its preparations for the soon approaching tournament

“At this stage, all nations must be planning for the World Cup early next year and I think, India seem to be making the right moves," the Nation quoted Akram, as saying.

“Indian cricket is surely on the right track. The Test series win against Australia justified their status as world number one team and I must laud the national selectors for doing a good job in picking a balanced side for the two matches," he added.

The former captain also backed the Indian selectors" decision to rest five senior players to test their bench strength in the ongoing ODI series against Australia.

“The decision to drop five senior players for ODI series against Australia has been a brave one. Sehwag and Gambhir are the best opening duo in the world and Sachin is getting better every day," Akram said.

“More than the batsmen, the decision to rest Zaheer and Harbhajan will definitely impact the bowling attack. But I am sure this is for a justified cause. Even if India lose the ODI series against Australia, there will be nothing to worry," he added.

He further said that India"s bench strength has been well established, which is a great sign for the country.

“India are by no means a weak side, folks like Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh are good enough and Australia will not have it easy. This is a great opportunity for youngsters like Saurabh Tiwari and Shikhar Dhawan to prove themselves," he added.


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