India fielding coach R Sridhar dreams of Virat Kohli holding World Cup up at Lord’s balcony
Three captains have had the fortune to stage the famous act and one of them is an Indian – Kapil Dev.
Published - May 21, 2019 9:15 pm | Updated - May 21, 2019 9:15 pm
The ICC World Cup 2019 is just nine days away now and all the 10 participating teams are harbouring the dream of reaching it with both hands. However, the path will not be easy for any of the competing teams in a tournament which will be played in a Round Robin format like that in 1992. Among the teams that are considered favourites to lift the trophy are hosts England and two-time champions India, currently ranked first and second in the ICC’s list and have won more number of matches than anybody else.
Team India players and support staff members are also looking forward to conquering the world for the third time after 1983 and 2011. The team’s fielding coach Ramakrishna Sridhar has not hidden his emotions and said recently that it is his dream to witness captain Virat Kohli holding up the trophy at the iconic Lord’s balcony on July 14, when the final will be played. Three captains have had the fortune to stage the famous act and one of them is an Indian – Kapil Dev – who won the country’s maiden world title five years before Kohli was born.
India capable of winning World Cup
“We have a beautifully balanced team capable of winning the World Cup. And, may be, in the second-half, the spinners will come into play. I am not the one to pick the top four favourites. But, my dream is to see Virat lift the Cup on the balcony of Lord’s. Will it not be a sight to behold?” the former first-class cricketer was quoted as saying by Sportstar with which he had an exclusive chat.
“The Indians have a terrific attitude on the field and it is not that we are preparing for the World Cup in a World Cup. The efforts have been on for months and you can see the results for yourself,” R Sridhar said.
Sridhar, who was with the Indian team in the last World Cup also, said the current squad is eyeing to reduce the gap between the good and bad days in the tournament. After the recent high-scoring series between England and Pakistan, it is certain that this edition of the ICC event will be an affair of big hitting and that would demand even extra effort from the fielders.
Sridhar also said that India had not to worry about much as they have one of the best fielding sides in the world. He also thanked Kohli, head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and senior player Mahendra Singh Dhoni for backing him.