Spin bowling, all-rounders give India an advantage: Dravid

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Mumbai, Feb 3 (PTI) Former cricket captain Rahul Dravidsays the number of batsmen in the Indian team who can bowlpart-time spin gives the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team anadvantage in the World Cup commencing on February 19.

"India are obviously one of the favourites. They havebeen playing well for a number of years. It�s a well-balancedside with a number of spinning all-rounders or part-timebowlers, which gives India a big advantage," said Dravid afterreceiving Ceat Cricket Rating World Cup Retro award.

Dravid also felt the real Cup will start after the groupstage when the quarter-finals commence with the top four teamsin each of the two groups going into the knock-out mode.

"Everyone knows who are going to be thequarter-finalists. The real World Cup will kick off then. Ilove to say India will win the Cup but every other team fromthe quarter-final will be fancying their chances," saidDravid.

Dravid said he was impressed with Dhoni�s recentstatement that playing at home is being looked as an addedresponsibility by the Indian team.

"It''s a great privilege to be playing at home in frontof home fans. Rather than seeing it as pressure, it should beseen as a great privilege," he said.

He also welcomed the format of the 2011 tournament andsaid "I wish it was there in 2007," referring to India�searly elimination when he had led the team four years ago inthe West Indies.

"It''s a matter of peaking at the right time, keeping fitand enjoying and keeping the spirit up during the longtournament," he added..

Story first published: Friday, February 4, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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