Sydney: Australian stand-in skipper Shane Watson has said that there are no doubts about hosts India being the favourites for the 2016 World T20, besides adding that his side has its work cut out in the build-up to the March-April tournament.
“I think, no matter what, they would have always been the favourites,” said Watson.
“Obviously conditions are different in India and they have so many world class players, especially in the batting and spin-bowling point of view, which is very important in India. I think no matter how things panned out here, they were always going to be favourites. And the way they handled the pressure in the 2011 World Cup as well, they know how to play well at home in big tournaments. There’s no surprise with them going in as favourites.”
Riding on his maiden T20I hundred, Australia scored 197/5, but then the Indian batting came up trumps once again, even in face of a tall score.
“Look, I knew we had a very good score but I was certainly never ever over-confident because I knew how good the Indian batting is. They’re world class players taking on our bowlers, who are a bit inexperienced. It’s a really good learning curve for them to be able to play against such world class players. I knew all along that it was going to be tight,” said Watson.