MELBOURNE: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has rated India a “very dangerous side” and said the defending champions have got “too many class players” in their side to retain the title in the ongoing cricket World Cup.
Ponting, a two-time World Cup winning captain, said: “India have got too many class players in their team to not be serious contenders at some stage. If they happen to play as well as they can, they are very dangerous.”
India kicked off their title defence in grand style, beating arch rivals Pakistan by 76 runs in their tournament opener at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.
“I think they will get better. It was a very encouraging start for India the other day, although I thought it was a pretty weak Pakistani side.
“India got into the World Cup after a tough time in the Test series and the tri-series. But I got a feeling that they got a bit of a downtime after that and started to build things up at the start of this tournament,” said Ponting.
The 40-year-old, who had been part of three World Cup winning sides, thought India needed to improve their bowling.