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Can India win the title?

ICC World Cup 2015 Cricket
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Can India win the title?

ICC World Cup 2015 Cricket
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With the 2015 Cricket World Cup just two weeks away, it's about time to truly look at the Indian squad and ask ourselves: can India once again win the title? The big tournament has taken place every four years since 1983.

Four years ago, India stood above the competition as the champs. Since then, however, India have won more matches (57), and scored at a better rate (5.57) than any other team.

The Format

New Zealand Cricket World Cup
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The Format

New Zealand Cricket World Cup
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The tournament's format is very beneficial for the Indian side. With every team playing every other opponent in two pools and then the top four qualifying to move on, India can afford to lose a match or two and still stay competitive. By starting the tournament against Pakistan, India has a chance to gain unbelievable amounts of momentum to start the World Cup. In 2007, India lost an early match to Bangladesh that ruined their title chances.

Rest of Group

South Africa Cricket World Cup
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Rest of Group

South Africa Cricket World Cup
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Only four players from their Cup-winning side 4 years ago are on this team. Under Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the squad is is younger and carries less emotional baggage. Only 2 players on roster are older than 30 (Dhoni, Binny).

India's pool is made up of South Africa, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland and UAE. A quarter-final slot seems guaranteed. All they'd need after that is a couple of solid performances to make it into the final.