Kumble feels India can defend World Cup title


New Delhi: Anil Kumble feels that India can defend the Cricket World Cup title in Australia and New Zealand. The legendary spinner also wishes Mahendra Singh Dhoni and team best of luck ahead of the quadrennial tournament.

“The heart says India, but we can’t discount the home teams Australia and New Zealand,” Kumble was quoted as saying during a camp in Mangalaru on Friday. He also said that despite the choker’s tag, South Africans will be also be strong contenders if they mange to hold their nerves.

Kumble was scouting for future spin wizards in the city as a part of his Spin Stars Contest for players aged between 10 to 19 years.

During the media interaction, the 44-year-old said that “If things goes well and qualify for knockouts then it’s a matter of holding your nerve and doing the best on that day. And India has done that in the last World Cup.”

The former captain added that by having regular players in the squad, Indian team knows it’s strength and weaknesses.

Spin Stars Contest is being conducted under the aegis of TENVIC, a sports training and consulting company co-founded by Kumble. The initiative was launched on November 28, with a stated goal to find unique talent for aspiring spin bowlers.

Winners of the contest are expected to receive monetary rewards besides a grooming session with the legend himself.