World Cup 2019: Jasprit Bumrah will make a difference to India's campaign, says Mohinder Amarnath

India's World Cup winner opines that India has the potential to win the prestigious tournament.

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When it comes to winning World Cup in England, Mohinder Amarnath is no stranger. The former India allrounder was a part of the historic team that had won the World Cup way back in 1983 against all the odds by beating the sturdy West Indies in the final. And as India gear up again to bring the World Cup home, the legendary cricketer has said Virat Kohli & Co. have the potential to deliver in the forthcoming ICC World Cup.

Amarnath said that India has the players and the experience for the World Cup. However, he cautioned the Men in Blue that the players need to click at the right time to do well in the tournament. Currently ranked second in ODI rankings, India is one of the widely tipped favourites to win the mega-event in England and Wales. The two-time winners will start their World Cup campaign against South Africa at Southampton on June 5.

“I think we (India) have the potential, the players, experience and they have to click at the right time. And whatever they have played and all that, that is in the past, it is a fresh tournament, fresh matches and it is like playing like new games, new preparation,” Amarnath was quoted as saying by Cricketcountry.

Amarnath on Pandya and Bumrah

Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah’s form in the recently-concluded IPL must have pleased the Indian team management. While Pandya made a mighty impression with his big-hitting skills, Bumrah impressed with his bowling as usual. However, Mohinder Amarnath cautioned India that the World Cup is a different ball game altogether. Amarnath said that Pandya needs to prove himself in ODIs before lavishing praise on Bumrah.

“We should not compare IPL preparation to a World Cup. IPL is a different format, different kind of cricket. He (Hardik) is a young guy and getting better with time and experience and all that. (But) he has to prove himself in this format (50-over), that he can fit in as a genuine all-rounder. He has the potential and he can do the job. But you have to access the situation and play according to the situation,” said Amarnath.

“He (Bumrah) is a fantastic bowler and he is very awkward; he has got a lot of variation, a crafted bowler and I think he is very crucial from India’s point of view. He has to stay fit what I personally feel and he will make a difference (to India’s campaign). He is very consistent with line and length,” added Amarnath.

The twelfth edition of the World Cup, meanwhile, will kickstart on May 30 with hosts England locking horns against South Africa in the tournament opener.

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