Former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene has given his views on India’s chances of winning the ongoing World Cup. India are aiming to become just the second team after Australia to win the coveted title thrice. The Men in Blue have already stormed into the semifinals and are currently second in the points table with just one defeat from eight games.
Australia are currently above India in the points table. However, India could still finish at top if they beat Sri Lanka in their final league game and Australia lose their against South Africa. And As India gear up for the most important phase of the World Cup, Mahela Jayawardene has talked up their chances.
The legendary batsman said that India have performed consistently in the tournament and would be a strong contenders for the title.
“They have been consistent throughout and will challenge strongly for the trophy. Their spinners, despite being beaten up a bit by England, have been excellent and I think their batting line-up is as strong as anything else out there,” Mahela Jayawardene wrote in his column for the ICC.
He further highlighted the fine form of India’s batting mainstays Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.
“Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are in excellent form. Sharma has three centuries and, although Kohli is yet to reach three figures, he won’t be too frustrated. He knows he is playing well, with five straight fifties to his name,” Mahela Jayawardene added.
The four finalists for the World Cup, meanwhile, have been finalised. While Australia, India and England had already sealed their spots in the final four, New Zealand had to wait to learn their fate. But with Pakistan failing to beat Bangladesh by more than 300 runs, New Zealand became the fourth semifinalists because of their superior net run-rate.