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Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid believes it will require “three good days” to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Dravid, who captained India in 2007 World Cup, said such is the format of ICC Cricket World Cup that all the big teams will reach the quarter finals of the tournament, and from there it will be all about who plays better cricket on those three days; quarter-final, semi-final and the big final.
Rahul Dravid said Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoi are India’s two biggest match-winners and if they get in on big days, India have a very strong chance of making it to the final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
“The format is such that all top teams will play in the quarterfinals. From there on, You need three good days to win the World Cup. We have Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who can single handedly win a match. I am not saying it would be easy. It would be very tough but we can always be a bit lucky some good individual performance we can win World Cup,” Rahul Dravid said while addressing the audience at inaugural TCM Sports Lecture on 20 January 2015.”
Rahul Dravid also spoke about India’s abysmal show in Test cricket. When asked when would India win a Test match in Australia, Dravid said in jest,”I also want to know when they would win!”
Dravid also spoke about day-night Test matches and said day-night Tests will add more value to the game as it will draw more people to watch the most respected and oldest form of cricket.
“I think in this day and age it’s impossible to have people leaving work and coming to the ground on all five days. Therefore I don’t mind Day/Night Tests if it can bring back crowds and also have TV viewership,” Dravid said.
Obviously pink ball and dew factor are things that need to be sorted out. Personally, I never had problem in the only match I played for MCC against English county champions. I scored a hundred in second innings,” Dravid added.
By The Cricket Lounge