Bangalore. India will go into the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 as title contenders and former captain Kapil Dev on Tuesday said the hosts will have to deal with the burden of expectations to lift the trophy again. Two-time champions India will be eyeing another ICC ODI World Cup win after a wait of 12 years during the tournament to be held from October 5 to November 19.
On the sidelines of an event of the Karnataka Golf Association, Kapil said, “I don’t know what will happen. He has not even announced the team for the World Cup yet. India always enters the tournament as a strong contender and has been so for a long time.
He said, “It depends on how the team deals with the pressure of expectations from all sides. We have won the World Cup at home and I am sure whoever is selected in the team, they can do it again. The World Cup happens in four years and I hope the players will be fully prepared.
Kapil said that considering the busy schedule of cricket at this time, importance should be given to workload and injury management. The captain of the Indian team that won the World Cup in 1983 said, “My time was different, we hardly played that much cricket. These players are playing cricket for 10 months now, so managing the body through injuries is important. Everyone’s body is different and they need individual plans to maintain fitness.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : July 25, 2023, 22:42 IST