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‘2015 WC will be most competitive ever’

‘2015 WC will be most competitive ever’
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels the 2015 World Cup beginning February 14 in Australia and New Zealand will be “most competitive” edition ever as many teams can win the title. “Will Australia do it this time, or New Zealand, who are gelling and combining so well under the leadership of Brendon McCullum? Will India be able to defend their title? Or will South Africa finally swallow it?” Gavaskar asked.

“Nowhere has the World Cup been so hard to predict as this one with many teams fancying their chances and it will perhaps be the most competitive World Cup ever,” he wrote in his foreword for the book Cricket World Cup – the Indian Challenge, written by journalist Ashish Ray.

Explaining how the one-day game has changed in the last two decades, Gavaskar mentioned the 1992 World Cup as the defining edition. “Now suddenly, instead of odd game thrown in at the end of a tour, limited overs series of five matches started to be part of every tour, and with it came the era of specialist one-day player who did not necessarily play Test cricket. Captains started to devise strategies...bowlers too began to realise that they did not have to just run and bowl but do so to stop runs as well as get wickets,” he said.
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