Former India all-rounder Mohinder Amarnath has said that the Indian team has the potential, experience and talent, all they have to do is peak at the right time in the upcoming World Cup. Amaranth has also shed light on the importance of Jasprit Bumrah’s fitness and feels he would be very crucial.
Amarnath knows how it feels to lift the World Cup as he was a part of the 1983 World Cup squad that India won against West Indies in the final. Amarnath has said that India have the required ingredients but the side needs to click at the right time as a unit.
“I think we (India) have the potential, the players, experience and they have to click at the right time. And whatever they have played and all that, that is in the past, it is fresh tournament, fresh matches and it is like playing like new games, new preparation,” Amarnath said, reported PTI.
Bumrah has been one of the best white ball bowlers in contemporary cricket in recent times and holds the key for India’s success in the quadrennial event. Amarnath opined that his fitness is pivotal and can make the difference if he fully fit.
“He is a fantastic bowler and he is very awkward; he has got a lot of variation, a crafted bowler and I think he is very crucial from India’s point of view. He has to stay fit what I personally feel and he will make a difference. He is very consistent with line and length,” Amarnath added.
Hardik Pandya was unstoppable in the recently concluded IPL, where he not only picked wickets but also scored quick runs. Amarnath feels Pandya is a well-oiled cricketer and needs to prove himself in the ODIs.
“We should not compare IPL preparation to a World Cup. IPL is a different format, different kind of cricket. He is a young guy and getting better with time and experience and all that. He has to prove himself in this format (50-over), that he can fit in as a genuine all-rounder. He has the potential and he can do the job. But you have to access the situation and play according to the situation,” Amarnath concluded.
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