Varun Aaron decided to hog all the limelight with his comments about India's chances against arch-rivals Pakistan in the upcoming cricket World Cup, agencies report.
The 29-year-old, who has played only nine One-Day Internationals (ODIs) for the national team, believes India have a better team than Pakistan, and should get the better of their biggest rivals easily in the World Cup 2019.
"We have a much better team than Pakistan, there is no reason why we shouldn't win the match against Pakistan. I feel India has developed a fierce rivalry with Australia off late and the intensity of India-Australia matches are almost outdoing the intensity of India-Pakistan matches. The rivalry between India and Pakistan will always be there, but the match to look out for will be the India-Australia one," Aaron told ANI.
Aaron also believes that the Indian team has one of the best chances of winning the World Cup due to the balance the team possess. He also opined that the team's players have experience in the overseas conditions and the team's bowling lineup is a very varied one.
"I feel we have one of the best chances of winning the World Cup with the side we have. We've got an unbelievable batting lineup and our bowlers have been great of late. All the players have experience in the overseas conditions so I don't think anyone should have questions. Our bowling line-up is a varied line-up. You got Bhuvi who can swing the bowl, Bumrah can bowl really at the front and in the death, Shami bowls with great speed and I really hope they win the Cup back," he said.
The 29-year-old Aaron said the conditions in England for the upcoming World Cup will be quite flat and the bowler said the hosts England is one of the favourites for the World Cup. He believes that the West Indies are going to be the dark horses in the World Cup due to the big hitters they have in their ranks.
"The English tracks are quite flat, it's just the atmosphere that helps the bowlers. You are going to see big scoring games because of the small size of the grounds. If there's cloud cover you may see swinging conditions for the bowlers," Aaron told ANI.
"England is a really good contender because they have a really good side. You can never count out Australia because they have won so many World Cups. For me, the dark horse will be West Indies as they have Gayle back in the mix, you've got Russell and any Windies bowler can be destructive on his day," he added.
Aaron believes that having MS Dhoni in the team is a very good thing for captain Virat Kohli and Dhoni's ability to influence bowlers from behind the stumps will hold the team in good stead in the World Cup.
"Dhoni is the most accomplished captain that India has ever had. I am glad that Virat has Dhoni in his ranks who can give him advice. Dhoni marshalling the troops from behind will play a crucial role in the upcoming World Cup," Aaron said.
Aaron hopes to make it to Team India and said if he is able to bowl at his potential, he's sure he'll be able to stage a comeback in the team.
"I am very confident to play for the country. I know I haven't played for the last three years because of a few setbacks here and there. I am coming back from a very good domestic season. I am just trying to bowl at my potential and I know if I bowl at my potential, I'll make a comeback into the team," Aaron said.
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