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India Stronger Than 2007 ICC World Twenty20

By on May 26, 2009

ICC World Twenty20 Sanjay Manjrekar

Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar said the present Indian team is stronger than the one which won the ICC World T20…

Manjrekar, speaking at a scintillating opening ceremony organised to unveil the ICC World Twenty20 trophy in New Delhi on Tuesday said the likes of Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma have come of age and are likely to carry a bulk of the batting responsibilities.

“Raina and Sharma are dependable players now. India would be under pressure as the defending champions but they are used to dealing with pressure.”

Manjrekar was also full of praise for skipper MS Dhoni.

However, the cricketer-turned-commentator, reiterated that though India might be the strongest side on paper, there was no guarantee they would be able to defend the title.

“Anything can happen in T20 cricket and everybody in the top eight teams have a chance to lift the Cup.”

“India not favourites? I never said that”

Meanwhile, former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram clarified that he counted off India as the favourties to lay their hands on the ICC World T20 Championship again.

“I did not say that India are not good enough to win. What I did point out was that the team maybe mentally fatigued with all the cricket they have been playing over the last few months.”

The legendary Sultan of Swing thought Pakistan would be keen to prove themselves.

“Pakistan would be very eager to do well, not having played much competitive cricket for some time now while India believe in themselves to do well.”

Sehwag should not be a reason to worry about

Manjrekar opined that Indian and Delhi Daredevils opener Gautam Gambhir looked low on confidence during the recently concluded Indian Premier League but there was nothing to worry about Virender Sehwag, who Manjrekar said was a “special batsman” and was always an innings away from striking big.

Akram mentioned Pakistan could be a force to reckon with given the liked of Shahid Afridi and the variety in the bowling attack but refused to pick any favourites.

Meanwhile, Campbell Jamieson, General Manager, ICC- Commercial said: “As we are in the final stages of the lead into the ICC World Twenty20 2009, it is a great comfort to know that the broadcast aspect of the tournament will be in such capable hands as those at ESPN STAR Sports.

We expect the ICC World Twenty20 to be the most viewed cricket event in the history of the game, which is a significant achievement considering it is just the second-ever staging of this event.

Through ESS, the ICC’s global media rights and broadcast partner, and its various broadcast partners worldwide, this event can be viewed on television sets in over 200 countries.

The ICC World Twenty20 gets underway at the Lord’s on June 5th with England taking on the Netherlands.

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