India winning WC is expected: Ganguly

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Published: Wednesday, December 29, 2010, 13:42 [IST]
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India winning WC is expected: Ganguly

One of India's most successful cricket captains, Sourav Ganguly, has expressed his expectation of the Indian XI to perform well in the upcoming World Cup and win the tournament.

Ganguly who took his side to the final of the mag-event in 2003 where they lost to a dominant Australia, said he is hopeful the recently announced Indian squad, which includes the likes of Yusuf Pathan and R Ashwin, would help Indian regain World Cup glory.

Interacting with mediapersons at Siliguri on Thursday, Ganguly said that observing the performance of Indian players on home ground, a victory in the World Cup was highly possible.

"I am very hopeful. India is a very strong One Day International (ODI) team and they are playing it at home. If they can handle the pressure of the people at home, they'll be at the side who can win the World Cup," said Ganguly.

He further commented that the team's performance in the first test against South Africa was a let-down, but he was positive about India's chances in the second Test in Durban.

"Nobody wants to lose, I am sure none of us, none of the players, or the team, or the supporters would be happy with the loss. But it can happen. You can win some game, you can lose some game, and am sure they will bounce back in the next tour... obviously toss will be important," said Ganguly.

The Cricket World Cup is scheduled to take place in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, beginning from February 19, 2011.


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