With the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) done and dusted, the entire focus is once again back to the upcoming World Cup. The 50-overs quadrennial event is scheduled to start with the tournament opener between hosts England and South Africa on May 30 in London. Former Indian cricketer Mohinder Amarnath reckons that the Virat Kohli-led Indian team has the abilities to do well in the upcoming showpiece event.
India have already announced their 15-member squad for the coming tournament. The two-time champions are also done with their quota of international matches. They will be starting their World Cup 2019 campaign against South Africa on June 5 in Southampton.
They have to click at the right time
During a recent conversation, Amarnath, who was a member of the 1983 World Cup winning team, mentioned that the present Indian team has the potential and experience to play well in the coming World Cup. However, he also noted that it is important to click things at the right time. He revealed that the past performances will not matter much.
“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,” quoted Mohinder Amarnath.
He has to stay fit
Mohinder Amarnath further mentioned that IPL preparations cannot hold much of importance in comparison to the World Cup. The former Indian all-rounder made special mentions of Hardik Pandya and speedster Jasprit Bumrah. Amarnath stated that Pandya still needs to prove his metal as an all-rounder in the 50-over format.
“We should not compare IPL preparation to a World Cup. IPL is a different format, different kind of cricket. He (Hardik) is a young guy and getting better with time and experience and all that. (But) 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,” the former cricketer added.
While speaking about Bumrah, Amarnath said, “He (Bumrah) 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 (to India’s campaign). He is very consistent with line and length.”