Cricket World Cup Preview : India

The 2015 World Cup takes place in Australia and New Zealand from February 14-March 29 where India will be the defending champions in the 14-nation tournament. One month out from the start, here take a brief look at the current form and prospects of the competing teams:

Pool B


– The defending champions go into the World Cup with a revamped team that includes just four players who were part of the winning combination in 2011.

The young team got a taste of tough Australian conditions during the unsuccessful Test series and will hope to recover morale in the tri-series against England and Australia prior to the World Cup.

Inspirational captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s sudden retirement from Test cricket gives him space to plot his team’s strategy to defend the title.

With a modest bowling attack, India will rely heavily on the skills of its batsmen like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Dhoni himself to chase down any target set by the opposition.

But doubts remain over whether the team can play consistently well during the long six-week campaign.

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