India have the edge, says Imran

Imran conceded that based on recent form, India are the favourites to win the World Cup. He also rates Mahendra Singh Dhoni as better captain than Shahid Afridi.

“Favourites not always win the World Cup. Home team has never ever won so far. But there is always a first time. Obviously I want Pakistan to win. But at the same time, if ever India had a chance this is it,” Imran, who is here for a promotional campaign, said.

“Recent form, recent track record, and they have a very balanced side. This is the best opportunity for the Indians to win the World Cup. It’s a golden opportunity and may not come in the next World Cup,” he said.

Comparing the two captains, Imran said, “Dhoni’s has got the advantage as he is the captain in all three forms. Afridi made a mistake by saying no to captaining Test side. Pressure in Test matches is very high.

“If you don’t captain in Test cricket, it’s difficult to handle pressure in one-dayers. So Dhoni has a big advantage over Afridi,” said the 1992 World Cup-winning skipper.

Pakistan have lost all their four earlier World Cup matches against India but Imran said they have the ability to break the jinx as the home side would be under more pressure at Mohali.

“I am not trying to play mind games. But pressure would be more on India than Pakistan because of home conditions and the tag being favourites, which is a relief for us. It will depend which team handles pressure better. A team that has the killer instinct will win.”

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