India Will Reach Semis but need some luck beyond that: Kapil Dev

Vastavam web: The legendary Kapil Dev on Wednesday said India will have no trouble in making the World Cup semifinals given the “balanced” line-up, which features an “unmatchable” duo in Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, but will need some luck to progress beyond that. The World Cup, which begins on May 30 in the UK, will see all 10 participating nations face each other in a round-robin format.

“India has a great combination of youth and experience. In a way they are more experienced than the other teams. They have the right balance — four fast bowlers, three spinners and they have Virat Kohli and Dhoni,” Kapil, the 1983 World Cup-winning captain, told reporters at a promotional event Wednesday.

“The four fast bowlers we have are fantastic, they are very good. I think the English conditions will help them swing the ball. Then players like Shami and Bumrah can bowl 145kmph, have swing and pace,” he said.

“I think India will definitely finish in the top four. After that it will be really difficult. After the semifinals, stroke of luck alongside personal and team performance will determine who goes forward,” he said. “England, Australia and India are the top three teams. These teams have more strength than the others. New Zealand or West Indies can emerge as the surprise package,” he said.