World Cup: Sunil Gavaskar advises India to bat first and post a big total

sunil gavaskarFormer captain Sunil Gavaskar tipped Australia as favourites to win thursday’s high-voltage cricket World Cup semi-final against India but said Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side can beat the hosts if they bat first and put up a big total.

“Australia are favourites because they have psychological advantage of having beaten India in all the matches the two sides have played in all formats in recent times. I understand that World Cup is a different ball game altogether but I still feel that Australia have got the advantage,” Gavaskar said.

“My heart says India but my mind says Australia are the favourites. If Australia bats first then India will struggle.

India can win only in case they bat first and put up a big total, say 290-300,” he added.