India ready to win ODI World Cup: Kapil

Mumbai, Sept 19: Former captain Kapil Dev believes India are ready to win the ODI World Cup at home but he doesn’t want to put the favourite tag on the hosts as a lot would depend on luck.

“I think if we can come in top four, that is more important and then it will be about stroke of luck and everything,” Kapil said on the sidelines of the launch of the third edition of J&K Open to be held at Jammu Tawi Golf Course from October 4 to 7. “We can’t say right now that we are favourites, of course our team is very good. Heart says something else, mind says no we have to work very hard. I know our team, I don’t know about other teams, so I would say it is unfair for me to give a blank answer. “…as far as India team is concerned, it is ready to play and win the championships…they should play passionately, enjoy themselves.” India geared up for the World Cup with the Asia Cup triumph on Sunday. The 10-wicket victory against hosts Sri Lanka was set up by the pacers, who claimed all 10 wickets with Mohammed Siraj returning with magical figures of 6 for 21. “It is wonderful (to see Siraj bowl). I feel so happy that nowadays in all continents our fast bowlers are taking all 10 wickets, that’s the cherry on the cake,” said India’s 1983 world cup winning captain. “There was a time when we used to depend on spinners, it is not anymore, that’s why the strength of the team becomes so good. Kapil, however, said as a fan he would have wanted to see a close match rather than a lop-sided final in Colombo.