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Indian National Cricket Team have begun their ICC World Cup 2019 campaign in style with two wins from two games beating South Africa and Australia. Next up, they face New Zealand on June 13 (Thursday) at Trent Bridge and will hope to keep the winning run going. As they gear up for the clash, veteran India cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin has hailed the team saying that the current side is like Australia team from the 2003 and 2007 World Cups.

India will dominate the tournament – Ashwin

However, leading to the all-important game against New Zealand, India received a massive blow. Their star opener Shikhar Dhawan copped a blow in the finger in the last game and will be out of the team for three weeks. As a result, the management will have to make a forced change in the next tie. KL Rahul, in all likelihood, will open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma while Dinesh Karthik should come in the playing XI.

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Despite that, Ravichandran Ashwin believes India will dominate this World Cup as Australia did in the 2003 and 2007 editions of the tournament. The Aussie side under the leadership of Ricky Ponting dominated world cricket and won two back to back showpiece events before India won it 2011.

“India will go on to dominate this World Cup like Australia did in 2003 and 2007,” Ashwin said.

Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal

Ravichandran Ashwin also highlighted that India’s spinning duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been pretty well for a while now. Chahal, in particular, has done remarkably well for the team as he picked six wickets so far in the tournament. On the other hand, Kuldeep has picked only one wicket so far but knows how to bounce back in these situations.

“Chahal and Kuldeep have been doing well for a while now. Chahal has performed well in the World Cup also,” Ashwin added.

Ankush Das

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