India doing well as it is batsman's World Cup: Boycott

Melbourne, PTI | Updated : 06 March 2015, 10:00 AM

Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott has said that the Indian cricket team is doing wellbecause so far it has been a "batsman's World Cup" and they will continue to be a "big threat" when batting first. 

"I think it is because this is a batsman's World Cup. Youlook at the flat decks, shortish boundaries, heavy bats, nospin or turn and you look at the field restrictions. Its easier than ever for the batsman, more difficult for the bowlers. And I think India's strength is batting, they have always had good batsmen.

So batting first, I believe India will be a threat, a big threat," Boycott told ESPNcricinfo. Adding weight to Boycott's 'batting first' theory, India have won two important games while putting runs on the board against Pakistan and South Africa. The former England captain believes that India's forte has always been batting.     

"When you bat first and you have a good batting line-up,there is less pressure, players have no inhibitions, they play with freedom, they can express themselves because batting istheir forte. And when you bat first you don't know what score you are going to get, what score is going to be best," saidBoycott.   

Boycott also opined that skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni iscomfortable with batting first and hence toss is key for India.   

"I also think Dhoni as a captain is more comfortable when his team posts a big score and then defends it. That is the key where Dhoni is comfortable. So for me the toss isimportant to a lot of teams, but I think it is more importantfor India," he said.   

India's bowling, led by Mohammed Shami, has also improvedby leaps and bounds during the Australian summer and Boycott had a word of praise for the bowling department.   

"And although bowlers have had a tough time in this WorldCup, the Indian bowlers, who were not well known, bowledreally well. There is no movement for bowlers but these bowlers bowled a wonderful line and length. They bowled so tight a line against Pakistan that they put the pressure on the batsmen. Pakistan batsmen found it hard to get runs andwere out," he said. 

First Published: Friday, March 06, 2015 09:54 AM
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