India can demoralise opponents: Srikkanth

 

India can demoralise opponents: Srikkanth

"It is a little like England, at the moment everything seems to be going right (for India) and the fans should be very happy," Srikkanth said

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Published: Mon 17 Jun 2019, 11:16 PM

Last updated: Tue 18 Jun 2019, 1:18 AM

Former India captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth says Virat Kohli side's are having a demoralising affect on their World Cup opponents.
India beat Pakistan by 89 runs via DLS method in Manchester on Sunday to extend their blistering start to the World Cup.
Two-time champions India, among the favourites to lift the World Cup along with England and Australia, have three wins and a no result from their four matches and look set for a semifinal place.
"It is a little like England, at the moment everything seems to be going right (for India) and the fans should be very happy," Srikkanth said.
"This is starting to feel a little like the West Indian teams of the 1970s, where the opposition would start the game with a psychological disadvantage.
"Teams are worried about facing India and how they will cope with them, which immediately puts them on the back foot."
The West Indies, led by Clive Lloyd, was a dominant force when they won the first two editions of the World Cup in 1975 and 1979.
Kapil Dev's India shocked the West Indies in the 1983 World Cup final to be crowned champions at Lord's - a moment that revolutionised Indian cricket.
India underlined their current class against Pakistan on Sunday, with opener Rohit Sharma leading the charge with 140 in their total of 336-5.
Pakistan could only manage 212-6 while chasing a revised target of 302 in 40 overs to go down without a fight.
"It felt like there was more pressure on Pakistan, who had built this up to be a huge game, whereas India and Rohit, in particular, were able to treat it like any other match," Srikkanth said.
"That is vital in an ICC Men's Cricket World Cup. You cannot put too much pressure on yourself because of who the opposition is.
 



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