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India packed with fabulous 15 but no favourites to win World Cup: Rhodes

He said India have experienced players but there are six other teams which are very strong teams.

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Jonty Rhodes
Former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes signs a portrait of him, during an event at a school on the outskirts of Chennai.

may be packed with fabulous 15 but there are no clear favourites in the upcoming World Cup, which will be wide open due to change in format, emphasized former star Jonty

will be played in Round Robin format, where all 10 teams will play against each other and top four will qualify for the semifinals.

said the Virat Kohli-led has balance but it's not something which other do not have.

"might have the fab 15 but there are probably six other teams that might call themselves the same. There are some very strong teams in and it will depend on the balanced 11 that they chose on the day, depending on the conditions," Rhodes, still remembered for his exceptional fielding skills, told

India will open their campaign against on June 5 at

"India have got a lot of experience too. Even young players like (Jasprit) Bumrah, is one of the more experienced death bowlers, so from that point of view India will be fancing their chances but there are six other sides, top six.

"And I am not even talking about West Indies, who are ranked seventh. They have started to play decent 50-over again and there is no team that can go into any match of the tournament as favourites. So every game is important, you need those points. The change in format has made it really wide open," opined

was also played in Round Robin format but in that edition, nine teams had competed with emerging champions in England.

"I want to see more associate countries play in the World Cup, but as a spectator you are seeing the best players on the world stage and that is going to mean that every game is important," Rhodes said.

The South African was speaking after conducting a fielding session for Namo Bandra Blasters, who will take part in the second edition of the T20 Mumbai League, at the here.

The tournament starts at the from May 14.

For India, all rounder Hardik Pandya will be an important cog in the wheel and Rhodes believes that the Baroda all-rounder will have to quickly adjust to the 50-over format.

"Hardik Pandya's role is really important because he is coming as a batsman and a bowler and he has got the knack of taking wickets. But the key is that he needs to quickly adjust because in a T20 game you can face seven balls and bowl may be two overs and make a difference.

"But in a fifty over game if you are going to finish a game, you might have to bat from 35 overs, so that is going to be the difference. And he (Hardik) has got the temperament, he backs himself and he just has to know that he has a job to do (and) it's not about one helicopter shot. It is (about) taking a game through like a Virat Kohli and finishing the match for India," said Rhodes.

Rhodes, whose run-out of in is still remembered, also delivered a motivational speech during the fielding session.

First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 12:41 IST