Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. Picture Credit: Getty

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Indian cricket legend, Sunil Gavaskar spoke on India’s upcoming challenges in the ODI World Cup in India which will start from October 5th. Gavaskar said that it will be important for the Men in Blues and the tournament will be a testing ground.

In an event, while speaking to reporters, Sunil Gavaskar was asked about the keynote one captain should have to win the World Cup, to which Gavaskar said that all the World Cup-winning sides of India had the best all-rounder of that time.

“More than anything else, luck of the day is very important and if you look at the teams (in 1983, 1985 and 2011), they all had top-class all-rounders. You had batters who could bowl 7-8-9 overs and bowlers who could bat down the order. That was the biggest plus of those teams. You see MSD’s team also: Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag could all bowl. It was the biggest plus. So, any team which has all-rounders (will hold the edge),” Sunil Gavaskar said.

Sunil Gavaskar added that at the end of the day, one team is judged on the basis of the trophies they won. Gavaskar also accepted that if Rohit Sharma wins the two upcoming tournaments, the Asia Cup and ODI World Cup in a single year, it will make him the greatest captain of Indian cricket history.

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“You look at England who won last year’s T20 World Cup, look at the all-rounders they had. So, all-rounders are the key element. At the end of the day you are judged by the number of trophies you have won, the number of wins you have. Winning these two tournaments will make him one of India’s greatest skippers,” he added.

They have had enough rest: Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar said that the upcoming days will be crucial for the Men in Blues and the former India player believes that the team will get through it after having enough rest.

“It is important… it will be more a testing ground for those who are coming back from three-four months’ lay-offs. Hopefully, they will come through; it will solve a lot of problems. (Overall preparation is) as good as any. They have had enough rest, enough practice, they are all refreshed and raring to go,” Gavaskar further added.

India will start their ODI World Cup journey against Australia on October 8th at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. However, the most awaited match of the tournament between the Men in Blues and Pakistan will take place on October 14th at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

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