Team India favourites to win World T20: Srikkanth

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Updated: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 11:31 [IST]
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Team India can win World T20: Srikkanth

Mumbai, Sep 11: Chairman of selectors, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, is confident about India's chances at the ICC World T20, as he predicted an Indian triumph in the World Cup, that is starting on September 18.

According to Srikkanth, Team India has the right balance and is the strongest team on paper. Moreover, the squad has very good players, as it is difficult for the think-tank to select the playing XI.

"In eight days' time the T20 World Cup is starting. This team has the potential to win the T20 World Cup," said Srikkanth.

"I am pretty confident. The positive energy and prayers of the one billion Indian people will come strongly again like in the 2011 World Cup to give energy to the Indian cricketers to help them win. I would be chairman when the tournament starts but would be ex-chairman when India win," he said.

While the team of selectors - Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Surendra Bhave and Narendra Hirawani all stepping down from their posts after completing their term at the Cricket Board's AGM on Sep 28, they are finally picking the team for Irani Cup, India 'A' and 'B' squads for the NKP Salve Challenger Series.

Srikkanth, who was in Mumbai to select the above squads, said 2011 World Cup triumph was the highlight of the panel's tenure.

"We all had a dream and a goal when we took over (as members of) the selection committee... can we win the 2011 World Cup? We went getting prepared for the World Cup.

Srikkanth, who was a part of the World Cup winning team in 1983 led by Kapil Dev, said he was personally satisfied with the Indian cricket team's achievement in the recent years, especially the World Cup win under Dhoni's captaincy.

"The Indian team played brilliantly and we could win the World Cup which, I would say, was the high point of this particular selection committee... in the sense that we could win the World Cup after 28 years," the former India opener said.


Story first published:  Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 11:29 [IST]
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