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Nz ‘serious contenders’: Rahul

Former India captain Rahul Dravid has described co-hosts New Zealand as “serious contenders” for the upcoming cricket World Cup starting February 14. “I think they’ve got a really really good pace attack. That’s why you look at them and you think these guys are one of the serious contenders,” Dravid said on ‘Contenders’, a special World Cup build-up show on ‘ESPNcricinfo’. From being perennial dark horses New Zealand are being described as among the favourites and Dravid believes that the home pressure will not weigh too much on the Black Caps.

“I think with New Zealand it’s a much smaller country, sure they’ll expect their team to do well but you’re not going to talk about winning straightaway. I think the pressure is going to be less on the New Zealand players. Under pressure when you need someone to make that key tactical change, that key intervention that can actually turn the game, you’d back him (Brendon McCullum) to do it because he’s been in that position before, he’s been someone who has experienced it all,” said Dravid.
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