Former captain Rahul Dravid is confident that the Indian team under Virat Kohli will “peak during the next few months” as they go into the World Cup in England as one of the tournament favourites. India have now won three away ODI series in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand and are considered by many as the team to beat at the global event which begins on May 30. Also Read - It Could Have Been 'Ee Sala Cup Namde', RCB Fans Will be Disappointed - Irfan Pathan
“I think India are playing very good cricket at the moment and go in as one of the favourites. Hopefully, we will peak in the next few months,” Dravid told reporters on Thursday after India A clinched the one-day series against England Lions by 4-1 margin. Also Read - Rishabh Pant Donates Undisclosed Amount to Procure Oxygen Cylinders, COVID-Related Kits
Dravid, who was the top scorer (461 runs) in the 1999 World Cup held in England, feels that there should not be any comparison between the two editions as conditions will be very different. Also Read - ICC WTC Final Squad: Bhuvneshwar Kumar Not Being There is a Little Surprising - Aakash Chopra
“Wickets will be very flat in England and I expect it to be quite a high-scoring World Cup. When we were in England with A team, 300 was regularly scored,” Dravid said, citing how things have changed in the last two decades.
“A lot more runs will be scored compared to the 1999 World Cup, where we used the Dukes white ball. The white Kookaburra with two new balls, revised field restrictions (different Powerplays) are different, so you can’t compare the two World Cups,” Dravid said.
Dravid also spoke about the form of opener KL Rahul, who is going through a lean patch. The Karantaka opener, who made a comeback to competitive cricket with India A assignment, had scores of 13, 42 and 0 against England Lions in three one-day games.
“He (KL) got a good first ball today as it seamed. I have no doubt that he has got quality and ability. He is playing four-day games as well and he has shown that he can succeed at the international level in all three formats,” Dravid told reporters after India A clinched the five-match limited overs series 4-1.
“He has got a hundred in T20, ODI and Test and not many batsmen have that record. He is a proven performer and I am not too worried about his form,” the India A coach said.
(With PTI Inputs)