Team India defeated England and Australia in the two warm-up matches and are looking confident ahead of the match against Pakistan. Former Aussie skipper Steve Smith feels the Virat Kohli-led team is the favourite to win the event this year. The veteran player said the current Indian side is full of match-winner and would be a team to beat in the tournament.
His comments came after India thumped Australia by nine wickets in the warm-up game. “They (India) are a terrific side, they have got all bases covered and some serious match-winners in there,” Smith was quoted as saying by ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.
“They’ve obviously been playing in these conditions during the last couple of months with the IPL so they’ll be used to that,” he added.
Smith scored 57 off 48 deliveries before he was dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. “It was nice to spend a bit of time in the middle again. It’s never easy when you’re three down. You have to rebuild for a period there and I thought we did that pretty well. The partnerships with Stoinis (Marcus Stoinis) and Maxi (Glenn Maxwell) were obviously important,” he asserted.