London: Its neither India nor Pakistan or for that matter not even fighter tigers Sri Lanka who have a chance to lift a World cup 2015 title, says Asif Iqbal, one of the most attacking batsmen and former Pakistan.
Asif Iqbal, the captain of Pakistan at the inaugural Cricket World Cup in 1975 and 1979 and the first person to lead Pakistan to the semi-finals of the world cup in 1979, spoke to India TV exclusively on on going World Cup.
India TV: How do you rate India in the tournament?
Asif Iqbal: India has been in Australia for nearly 3 months and their only victory other than the one last Sunday against Pakistan and against Afghanistan in a practice match. That doesn't say much. This World Cup does not look like one which will produce a sub continental winner.
India TV: Where does Pakistan stand in the tournament after it failed to break the jinx and lost to India that too sixth consecutive time?
Asif Iqbal: Pakistan are ranked number 7 in the world, so they are obviously not one of the strongest sides. Their recent performance in the UAE would not suggest that Pakistan are not equipped to rub shoulders with the best. But Australian wickets are very different and it takes a lot of time for batsmen and bowlers to get used to them.
India TV: Are they missing the service of seasoned off spinner Saeed Ajmal who has been now cleared by ICC after passing the test on his illegal bowling action or are they lacking the traditional fast bowling attack Pakistan has been known for?
Asif Iqbal: A bit of both, I think. The loss of Saeed Ajmal was undoubtedly a major blow and the pace attack is not what it used to be once upon a time. That said, it is the batting that is falling short and which will have to deliver soon.
India TV: Do they stand a chance to repeat World Cup 1992?
Asif Iqbal: Appears difficult at the moment, but who can tell in this game of glorious uncertainties.
India TV: What do you think of Virat Kohli?
Asif Iqbal: Kohli is the new kid on the block and seems that he is big enough to carry and deliver the expectations of a billion people. Worthy successor to the cricketing God, SachinTendulkar.
India TV: Who is the favorite team to win the title and why?
Asif Iqbal: Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Just look at their recent records. For the first two there is also the advantage of playing at home.