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Bedi, Kapil do not fancy India’s chances

New Delhi: The win against Zimbabwe might have given the Indians a much-needed boost to their World Cup campaign, but the former greats are not ready to look too far ahead.

While Bishan Singh Bedi doesn’t give India more than five per cent chance, Kapil Dev feels they really have their task cut out.

Bedi blamed excess commercialisation and poor leadership by Sourav Ganguly as the reasons behind India’s slump.

“We don’t even have five per cent chance of winning... Our sight should be on the Cup, whereas we are just thinking of qualifying for the Super Six,” Bedi said. “Apart from playing, they should learn to respect the game,” he quipped.

Having a go at Sourav, he said: “Anybody who rates himself higher than the game is not the right person to lead... He doesn’t own up his mistakes, and that is what irks me.”

Expressing concern over the influx of money flowing into the game, Bedi concurred that the players have lost their focus spending too much time for commercials.

Meanwhile, Kapil said in Pondicherry that Indians will really have to work hard to even make the Super Six stage. “The comfortable victory against Zimbabwe should spur the boys for better results,” he said.

He also urged the boys not to be complacent with the games against England and Pakistan coming up. (PTI)

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