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Rahul Dravid picks India as one of the favourites for the 2019 World Cup

Rahul Dravid hoped that India peaks at the right time before the World Cup and also backed them as one of the favourites for the tournament in England.

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Thiruvananthapuram Updated on: January 31, 2019 22:52 IST
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India are currently the No.2 side in ODI cricket

Former India captain Rahul Dravid is confident that the Indian team under Virat Kohli will "peak during next few months" as they go into the World Cup in England as one of the tournament favourites.

India have now won three away ODI series in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand and are considered by many as the team to beat at the global event which begins on May 30.

"I think India are playing very good cricket at the moment and go in as one of the favourites. Hopefully, we will peak in the next few months," Dravid told reporters on Thursday after India A clinched the one-day series against England Lions by 4-1 margin. 

India have been in sensational form in limited-overs cricket with Kohli's mean clinching back to back series victories in Australia and New Zealand.

India defeated Australia 2-1 in the three-match series to win their first biltaeral ODI series Down Under and then followed it up with a three consecutive wins in New Zealand to seal a series victory for the first time since 2009 before losing the fourth game on Thursday by eight wickets.

Going into the World Cup, India along with England are considered to be the sides to beat because of their all-round ability.

Dravid, who was the top scorer (461 runs) in the 1999 World Cup held in England, feels that there should not be any comparison between the two editions as conditions will be very different.

"Wickets will be very flat in England and I expect it to be quite a high-scoring World Cup. When we were in England with A team, 300 was regularly scored," Dravid said, citing how things have changed in the last two decades. 

"A lot more runs will be scored compared to the 1999 World Cup, where we used the Dukes white ball. The white Kookaburra with two new balls, revised field restrictions (different Powerplays) are different, so you can't compare the two World Cups," Dravid said.

India will kick off their campaign on June 5 against South Africa in Southampton.

(With inputs from PTI)

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