Andy Bichel, one of the stars of Australia’s 2003 Word Cup triumph, believes all-rounders can play a crucial role in this edition.
Bichel contributed with 7/20 against England in the 2003 edition which became the defining moment of his career.
“It was amazing, the whole journey. There was a real distraction at the start of the tournament. Darren Lehman was out of the tournament, Michael Bevan was injured going into the tournament. And right on the eve, Shane Warne dropped a bombshell (testing positive) on the team. So we were pretty shaken going into the first game.
“Andrew Symonds had a very small batting average and big bowling average and Ricky Ponting took him. And that changed the course of our World Cup campaign. He gave us the confidence with that performance,” Bichel said during a promotional event here on Monday by ‘Power Sportz,” the live web TV dedicated to sports.
“To have a tournament like that and averaging the way I did with the ball and bat is the stuff you go about while dreaming about a World Cup. It could once again be an all-rounder in this tournament who does that in this World Cup and changes the course of the team to win the Cup,” he said.
“That is the exciting part of playing World Cup in England. It is the best of both worlds for players who are bit all-rounders like me.
Bichel was excited about India attack. “India have a fantastic attack. Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumat), (Jasprit) Bumrah and (Mohammed) Shami are three world-class bowlers especially Bumrah,” he said. “Bumrah is someone who can lead the attack. It is exciting what he did in the IPL. He is looking really good and comfortable with what he is doing at the moment. He really complements the other two to get the job done. Bhuvi is priceless in these conditions. Shami has this ability to keep going, bowling at 140kphs. For India it’s going to be crucial to keep them together and ensure that they are fit enough on the final day.”
Bichel admitted the format would be challenging for the bowlers but said a team has to make sure the captaincy, especially in the middle overs, is done shrewdly. The Australian felt Virat Kohli has nicely slipped into the Indian captaincy role.
“To win a World Cup, you need to have someone fire at the top of the order. Virat cannot do all on his own. He is fantastic player. He has filled in nicely as the captain. He is a mix of young Sachin Tendulkar and aggressive Ricky Ponting. He will need some help at the top of the order. Shikhar Dhawan can be that. The left-hander can really change things up for the team with that left-hand, right-hand combination. You also have experience and serious talent in MS Dhoni. If everything got right, they can get it done.” he said.