2015 World Cup Will be a Very Open Tournament: Ravi Shastri

Regarding India's chances of retaining the crown they won for the second time at home in 2011, Shastri felt that it depended on how mentally and physically fit the players would be after completing an exhausting tour of Australia where they will play Tests and ODIs against the hosts.

updated: August 18, 2014 15:44 IST
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Mumbai: Former India cricketer-turned commentator Ravi Shastri feels the 2015 World Cup, to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand, will be a very open tournament because of the surfeit of limited overs cricket, including T20 events like IPL.

"I think this is a very open World Cup. Australia have bounced back in a brilliant fashion. After the win in the Ashes series, they won in South Africa. It might be Test cricket but that confidence will bounce into one day cricket as well. So they will be a big threat to any opposition," Shastri said at a function connected to the mega cricket event and organised last evening by the Australian Trade Commission at the Cricket Club of India.

"This is going to be a very evenly matched World Cup because of the volume of limited overs cricket that is being played, the amount of T20 cricket that's being played. It has made batsmen more innovative and fearless. They have got a new trick up their sleeves coming up all the time.

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