Former India off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna opines that India's good bowling attack make them one of the favourites to defend the Champions Trophy. India won the tournament in 2013.
"I feel India and Australia are two most well-balanced teams. They should make the final. India especially have a very good attack with six specialist bowlers," Prasanna told PTI.
Prasanna went on to say that spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will have a big role to play in the tournament. Jadeja was India's leading wicket-taker in the 2013 tournament with 12 wickets at an average of 12.13 while Ashwin took eight wickets at 22.62.
"I also wanted to see Kuldeep Yadav in the squad but probably the selectors did not pick him considering the tournament is in England where you would need seamers and all four pacers that we have will prove more than a handful," Prasanna further told PTI.
"The 20 overs bowled by spinners will also be crucial. It is a 50-over game and their job will be to stem the flow of runs and take wickets in the middle overs."
The veteran also felt that nine of the 15 players being part of the 2013 win will give India a definite advantage. "We have a lot of experience in this current squad. The core remains the same which is the biggest advantage,” he said.
"With nine out of 15 from the current squad being part of the victorious 2013 squad, there will be a certain sense of familiarity with the conditions and that will help our team,” Prasanna concluded.
--By A Cricket Correspondent