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India must identify its strengths and weaknesses: Kirsten

Gary Kirsten.  

Gary Kirsten has a simple and perhaps the most effective mantra for the cricket World Cup. The same mantra had helped the Indian side win the world title in 2011 and may well propel the present team on the right track in Australia.

Kirsten, who coached India to its second World Cup victory four years ago, said the side must identify its strengths and weaknesses and formulate its game plan accordingly.

“At the end of the day, in order to be successful at any event you have to be very real about what you are good at and what you are not good at. It is tough that you need to limit the damage (things) you are not good at. And I thought we did that well in 2011. We realised that it is not going to be our strength and limited the damage there,” Kirsten said at an event organised by Royal Stag in the run-up to the World Cup.

Team composition

The South African said there was no point debating over the composition of the side which had moved on in a new direction. “It is what it is. This is the team that they have got and they need to make it work in the World Cup. I am sure the think-tank will come up with how we are going to win with our strengths and weaknesses. I do not think World Cups are all about having best teams. Sometimes the unpredictability can win you over.”

Kirsten noted the present Indian side had some fine experienced batsmen in Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, M.S. Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane and Ambati Rayudu, who had done well in the 50-over format of the game. According to him Australia, South Africa and New Zealand stood a good chance of winning the title.

Kirsten said the one-day format still held its charm and the World Cup would remain a crowd puller despite the threat from Twenty20 cricket. “The World Cup is an iconic event. It is still a popular product. It has set its own identity. Everyone wants to win the 50-over World Cup. It is important for the ongoing prosperity of the game,” he said.

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