India needs to display form shown in SA to win Cup: Gambhir

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Chennai, Jan 27 (PTI) India can win next month''s cricketWorld Cup if the team maintains the extraordinary spirit andform that it exhibited in the recent series in South Africa,opener Gautam Gambhir said today.

"The Indian team performed well in difficult conditionsthere. Till now we didn''t do well in South Africa. This is thefirst time we have performed well," Gambhir, who was here toannounce the field of drivers for the MRF Formula 1600Championship 2011 as its Brand Ambassador, said.

"Whether it is a Test match or one dayer, we performedwell there this time. We levelled the Test series and playedwell in the One Dayers, beside winning the only twenty20match.

"If the team plays in the same spirit and form, we willdo well and India can wish to win the World Cup," saidGambhir, who had to return home midway from South Africabecause of a soft tissue injury.

The 29-year-old said he was "fit and feeling excited" andhoped to recover fully before the quadrennial event startsfrom February 19 in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

"I am recovering well. I will be 100 per cent fit beforethe World Cup," he said.

"Now I am much better and in a day or two I will bebatting and will be fit before the preparatory camp and thewarm up matches to get ready to play Bangladesh in the firstmatch," he added.

Gambhir said spinners would play a decisive role in thecoming World Cup as the pitches in the sub-continent,especially India, would favour spin.

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