- Dilip Vengsarkar feels India have a "Fantastic Chance" of winning the World Cup
- He was talking at the launch of T20 Mumbai League
- Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar were also present on the event.
Indian cricket legend Dilip Vengsarkar thinks that the Virat Kohli-led young Indian team has a “fantastic chance” of lifting the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, that begins on May 30 in United Kingdom.
“India has got a fantastic chance to win the World Cup. At-least last 4 they will go definitely. But the final, I cannot predict to be honest. But we have got extreme potential and all the players are (in) good form,”the former India captain told reporters on Monday.
Vengsarkar was speaking after Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) announced the league’s second season will begin from May 14. He plays the role of the T20 Mumbai League mentor. Sachin Tendulkar, the league’s ambassador, along with mentor Sunil Gavaskar were also present on the event.
“T20 Mumbai League is soon going to be a league that most of the players from across the nation will want to participate in. For so many years, the (way) Ranji Trophy team has played, if given a choice a number of players would have wanted to be part of Mumbai Ranji Trophy because the brand of cricket was different and everyone wanted to be part of it,” Tendulkar said.
🗣 "The league was organised brilliantly in Season 1. I'd like to congratulate everyone who worked towards making T20 Mumbai a grand success." – Dilip Vengsarkar #EkdumMumbai pic.twitter.com/QUNMsqGbnl
— T20 Mumbai (@T20Mumbai) May 6, 2019
Tendulkar added that Mumbai still has enough cricketing talent. “I don’t think we are down in the dumps at all. There have been occasions where we have gone to the semis and final (in the Ranji Trophy). I feel with this T20 League’s performance, as Gavaskar put it correctly, a number of careers started.”
“I think 4-5 players were picked up by IPL teams to represent their teams. I think it’s a beginning when we compare ourselves to someone like Punjab who has 14 players playing for various teams (in the IPL). I am sure we can get there. We have got good talent here in Mumbai cricket. It is all about opportunities and I keep coming back to that.”
Gavaskar urged the MCA authorities to schedule the league before the IPL auction.
“Shivam Dube got an IPL contract after (playing in T20 Mumbai League), Suryakumar Yadav also got a big contract and I am pretty certain that there will be many more coming from this league, who will be wanted by the IPL franchises for the next season,” said Gavaskar.
India will play against South Africa in their opening fixture on June 5 at Southampton.