Dravid's World Cup favourites, 'difficulty' for BCCI and more - Cricket News Today, 1st February 2019

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#1 India definitely World Cup favourites, says Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid has backed India as favourites for the World Cup
Rahul Dravid has backed India as favourites for the World Cup

India's U-19 and A team coach Rahul Dravid is of the opinion that the national side is one of the favourites to lift the upcoming 2019 World Cup.

The tournament will be held in England, where Dravid represented the Indian side in the 50-over tournament two decades ago for the 1999 World Cup.

"The wickets will be very different compared to 1999, they’ve become very flat. I expect it to be a very high-scoring World Cup. We went with India-A last year, and 300 was regularly scored, so it’ll be a lot more high-scoring than 1999. We used the Duke’s ball then, now it’s Kookaburra… plus two new balls and field restrictions are there, so we can’t compare the World Cups".

‘But India are playing very good cricket and definitely go in as one of the favourites. Hopefully, the boys can peak over the next few months.’

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