Very difficult for India to defend World Cup: Sunil Gavaskar tells NDTV

India's inability to exploit conditions leaves former skipper and expert perplexed. Team India's poor overseas record is a major concern ahead of the 2015 ICC World Cup, feels Gavaskar.

updated: March 11, 2014 13:37 IST
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New Delhi: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar cautioned Team India to improve its bowling or be ready to give up their World Cup. Blaming India's pace battery for the series defeat against hosts New Zealand, Gavaskar told NDTV from Hamilton on Tuesday that overseas bowling remains a major concern.

India lost the fourth ODI in Hamilton on Tuesday by seven wickets and gave up on their chances of squaring the five-match series against hosts New Zealand. Gavaskar was skeptical of the tourists, especially the bowling efforts. "I think the bowling is a major concern. In these condition where the new ball bowlers should be bowling well we are not doing so. We have not been doing so in South Africa, we've not been doing it here," said Gavaskar.

"If we do not improve our bowling by next year when India comes to this part of the world to defend the (World Cup) title, it is going to be very, very, very difficult," Gavaskar added after New Zealand took an unassailable 3-0 lead after the third match in Auckland ended in a dramatic tie.

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