Former Sri Lanka international Chaminda Vaas believes that India are one of the firm favourites to lift the ICC Champions Trophy, scheduled to be played from 1st of June.
The 43-year-old, who right at this very moment has engaged himself in training the young fast bowlers at the Jwala Sports Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for Cricket in Mumbai, was quoted by DNA India as saying:
“Whoever is doing well now stands a good chance to win. For me, first is England, then New Zealand have a good chance. And then one sub-continent team from either Sri Lanka, Pakistan or India.
“Cricket is about three departments. A team which is good in batting, fielding and bowling will win the Champions Trophy. When you are especially playing in English condition, which is cold, whoever grabs it well will do well.”
Vaas further added that the fast bowling will the key in England.
“It also depends on the wickets. It’s going to be cold and fresh which is good for fast bowlers. It will be them who will hold the key. Spinners too will have a part to play.”
He then heaped praises for the Indian skipper Virat Kohli and said that the 28-year-old will be the one to keep an eye on.
“I am 100 per cent sure Virat will do well in Champions Trophy. He has showed the courage and confidence as captain before and now as well,” Vaas said.
While further talking about India’s pace quartet of Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, Vaas said:
“The main thing is fitness level. They are strong, bowling quick, learning fast from their games and are very consistent. I think this is the best group of fast bowlers in the world. India will produce more such fast bowlers as they play more matches in IPL and other tournaments.”
Talking in particular about Jaspreet Bumrah, who is playing a huge role in Mumbai Indian’s IPL quest this season alongside Lasith Malinga, Vaas said:
“I am sure whatever Malinga or Shane Bond (MI bowling coach) will tell him (Bumrah), he will implement. The best part is that he is giving his 100% which is important. He is improving day-by-day which is crucial for a fast bowler. He is doing well with the advice he is getting. He is doing a wonderful job at the moment.”