India's World Cup Chances Hinge On Pace Bowlers' Ability To Take Wickets: Martin Crowe

16/03/2015 12:54 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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India's Mohammed Shami, right, celebrates with his teammate M S Dhoni after dismissing West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith during their Cricket World Cup Pool B match in Perth, Australia, Friday, March 6, 2015. (AP Photo Theron Kirkman)

Wellington: New Zealand Test cricket legend Martin Crowe has claimed that Indian fast bowlers' ability to take enough wickets in the semifinal would be the one single factor to decide the defending champion's fate in the World Cup.

India have advanced to the quarterfinal stage of the World Cup having topped their Pool B without conceding a single defeat in the group ties, and they would now face Bangladesh in the knockout stage to advance to the semifinals.

Crowe questioned if India have enough fast and accurate swing bowlers, as he claimed that Mohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav could go walkabout, Stuff.co.nz reported.

The former batsman added that their ability to take enough wickets in the semifinal, which he believes would be possibly against Australia, would be the one single factor to decide India's fate in the tournament.

Crowe, meanwhile, also backed New Zealand to win the coveted tournament, saying that their willingness to play in the moment should carry them to World Cup glory.

He even ruled out Sri Lanka and Bangladesh due to their inferior bowling attacks and lack of a killer instinct in the field, while he insisted that Pakistan are a hope because of their potent pace bowling pack which he dubbed as 'cornered wolves' capable of causing moments of panic.

Crowe claimed that Australia are the most equipped, power-wise, adding that they are a spirited bunch of fit, fiery macho athletes, looking much better now that their touch player and mastermind is rightly steering the ship.

Crowe insisted that Australian skipper Michael Clarke is his greatest fear, from a trans-Tasman viewpoint, if a down-under showdown takes place in Melbourne.

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