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ICC ODI World Cup 2019

Kapil Dev: India one of the top three favourites to win World Cup

Former World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev pegged India as one of the top three favourites to win the year's World Cup, saying their pace bowling would come good in English conditions.

"Winning team looks like India, England and Australia and surprise package can be New Zealand," Dev told reporters at a promotional event in New Delhi.

"India has the combination of youth and experience. They have the right balance in four fast bowlers, three spinners and two big names in Virat Kohli and (M.S.) Dhoni," he said.

India's pace battery includes Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya.

"They are fantastic, very good. English conditions will help them. They can swing the ball," said Dev.

"They have Bumrah and Shami who can bowl 145kph plus. So we have swing, we have pace. That's a very good combination to have."

Dev, who led India to their maiden World Cup in 1983, said it was the "belief" which separated winners from the rest.

Dev slammed comparisons between him and all-rounder Pandya who has impressed with his power hitting and skills as a medium pacer.

"He is an upcoming player... Please do not pressure him. He is a young talent, let him play his cricket with his own free mind," said Dev.