MUMBAI: Asserting that the current Australian team was not as strong as the one he had encountered in the 2003 World Cup final, former skipper Anil Kumble said that India started as favourites for Thursday's quarterfinal match against the defending champions.
"The two teams (2003 and 2011) are totally different. It is a good opportunity to beat Australia on current form. I think India should beat Australia. Australia is a tough team. But if you have to win the World Cup you have to beat tough teams," he told reporters.
To a query on India's recent poor performance in the batting powerplay, the former leg-spinner said the team will have to play well throughout the 100 overs to win a match and not just the five powerplay overs.