India will find the going tough in T20 World Cup: Kapil Dev

The manner in which India played their last T20 international match against New Zealand has put Kapil Dev in a doubt about India’s chances in the upcoming T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka. The former India captain feels that Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Indian team will find it "very difficult" to win the upcoming World T20 Cup, says a report in The Indian Express.

"My heart says something and mind says something else. My heart says that India will win the World Cup and my cricketing brain thinks that they will find it very difficult. The way they played in the last T20 against New Zealand is not a good sign ahead of such an important tournament," Kapil said during a promotional event at a city outlet here today.

"India lost from a winning position and one cannot let go opportunities just like that. A team can lose confidence if they are defeats like these," Kapil added. "Getting off to a good start in the tournament will be a key thing and then should think about the later part of the tournament," he added.

According to a report in The Times Of India, Kapil Dev said that the batting unit has to click in order to excel in the big-ticket event.  "India's biggest strength is the batting. Every team has 1-2 match winning batsmen, but India have around 5-6 batsmen who can turn the match all by themselves. But then, they will have to avoid complacency," he said.

Since 0-8 whitewash in Tests in England and Australia, Dhoni's captaincy has been under scanner but Kapil feels that former has "done enough as captain and doesn't need to prove anything to anyone."

The legendary all-rounder was effusive in his praise for comeback man Yuvraj Singh saying, "Everyone is talking about it, but then for me his comeback is more than whatever he does on the field. It is not about scoring 100 or 50 or taking five wickets but the spirit that he has showed.