Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar believes India stands a good chance of winning the next 50-over World Cup and says spinners will play a role in the mega event, scheduled to be held in Australia and New Zealand.
He was asked to make his forecast for the 2015 championship at the launch of his autobiography at Lord’s Cricket Ground here.
“I feel India can surprise a lot of people and I also believe the spinners will come into play,” he said.
“People talk about the pitches for fast bowlers but because of the size of the grounds, I think spinners could be important,” he added.
Tendulkar, who retired from cricket in November 2013, was India’s leading run-scorer in the team’s 2011 World Cup triumph.
“I think Australia, South Africa, New Zealand are dark horses, and India – these four should be my semi-finalists,” Tendulkar told reporters at the launch of ‘Playing It My Way’.
Asked if England stood a chance, he expressed his doubts.
“Anything is possible in this sport but going on current form I don’t think England will be that competitive,” he said.