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'India have got a lot of match winners and are at par with Australia'

March 20, 2015 08:53 IST
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Players from India celebrate after defeating Bangladesh at the World Cup match at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Praising India for having a lot of match-winners in the side, Australian great Ian Chappell has said that they are at par with Australia in terms of team strength.

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"India have got a lot of match winners and I think Australia are in the same boat. I don't think South Africa have got as many match winners as these two teams," he said. 

"India must be over the moon with the draw as they have got SCG as the semifinals venue and I think that venue suits India perfectly," he added.

Former Australian captain Ian Chappell. Photograph: Getty Images

Chappell also opined that India's bowling strategy has proved successful thus far but warned Dhoni's side to have a Plan B against stronger teams.

"You have got to be judicious when you use the short-ball and you use it against. It's fine to pepper Bangladesh batsmen with a lot of short-ball but since Australians play here on these pitches a lot of time.

"I think so far India have used the short-pitched delivery very well. But you need to have a few different options when you get to play against stronger teams and I am sure India have got some other plans," Chappell said.  

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