can’t rule out India despite poor form: greg Chappell
Former India coach Greg Chappell said the defending champions cannot be written off as one of the strong contenders for the ICC World Cup despite a poor outing Down Under. “You can never underestimate India. They have not had a great summer in Australia so far, but come to the World Cup, I think they will probably be a different proposition,” said former captain Chappell in an interview to Cricket Australia. India lost the four-Test series 0-2 against Australia and then went winless in the ODI tri-series, also featuring England. “I am biased, I feel Australia are favourites. They have a good chance in the World Cup. Australia will be well prepared, probably as well prepared as anyone else,” said the 66-year-old Aussie, who played in the inaugural WC in 1975.Chappell also added South Africa, Pakistan, New Zealand and West Indies as the teams who can lift the Cup, other than Australia and India. “South Africa will be pretty well prepared, will be disciplined and will do what needs to be done and has the attacks for the conditions. New Zealand cannot be underrated. They are putting a good team together. Playing in their own backyard it will give them a little bit of home advantage,” Chappell said.