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India can handle WC pressure, says Kirsten

India can handle WC pressure, says Kirsten
Despite the pessimism over India’s prospects at the cricket’s 50-over showpiece event, former coach Gary Kirsten feels the side has a good chance to defend the title as it has “learnt how to win World Cups.”

“I think there is a lot of pessimism around their opportunities but they have learnt how to win World Cups, so they know how to do it. This World Cup boils down to three games, its that simplem quarters, semis and finals,” he said.

“They have been there, so they know how to manage that space. And I think they have a good chance," Kirsten said on the sidelines of a promotional event. Kirsten, who coached India between 2008-11, feels the Men in Blue should be wary of arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening encounter in Adelaide on Sunday.

“Pakistan have these players who you don’t know about but they do something. You look at their team sheet and say whose that and whose that and next thing is that he is doing something. So I don’t think you can ever write off a Pakistan team. I think it will be very dangerous to do that,” said the former South African cricketer.
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