India’s spinner Harbhajan Singh believes it is crucial for the team to remain injury free for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019. Singh believes players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah should be beware of any niggles which they may occur in the forthcoming Indian Premier League. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah are going to be crucial for India in the World Cup and it is pivotal for the team that they remain at the top of their fitness.
On the other hand, the Turbanator believes the ongoing series between India and Australia is a good way to prepare for the World Cup. In fact, the series is evenly poised as both teams have won two matches each. Furthermore, this is the last ODI series for India before the World Cup.
India is the favourites for the World Cup.
“You don’t want your key players to get injured someone like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah you don’t want them to miss the World Cup because of injuries or niggles. You want them to be on their best of form and (play) best of cricket,” said the veteran spinner.
Harbhajan Singh feels India can go on to lift the World Cup trophy as they have covered most of the bases in their team. Furthermore, the Indian team is in fine form in the recent past and they are regarded as the one of the front -contenders for the World Cup.
“World Cup is still very far. We will have to wait and watch what happens. But this is a kind of a team which can lift any major championship. World Cup or any big tournament, – they can definitely win. They have the team (for it)”, Harbhajan said on Sunday.
“But they have to be careful. IPL is a tournament in between where they will be playing a lot of cricket, one game after the other. That’s where fitness will come into play.
India is placed at second rank.
Meanwhile, India is currently the number two ODI rank team. Harbhajan Singh believes if India can leapfrog England from the numero uno position then they are going to get more confidence while going into the World Cup.
“Obviously, this current series (against Australia) will help them (India) to get that confidence (before the World Cup). If they become the number one side in the world, going forward in the World Cup, you go there as a number one which will boost their confidence,” he said.
India is in fine form and they will be the side to watch out for in the World Cup. Meanwhile, the decider between Australia and India will take place in Delhi on 13th March.