Rahul Dravid feels the recent 2-3 series defeat to Australia at home has come at the right time and will remind the Indian team that it has to play very very well in the World Cup as every opposition will be tough on that given day.
"I think there was a bit of notion that we are going walk there and win the World Cup easily. So it's a good thing that has happened. What it has done has reminded us that we have to play the World Cup very, very well," said at an event organised by ESPNcricinfo.
"India has performed well in the last couple of years. There was a little bit of talk that we are almost going to walk in there and win the World Cup very easily because we are the No. 1 team and we have been dominating one-day cricket for the last couple of years," the former India captain and the current India A coach added.
India, who started as favourites in the just-concluded limited overs series against Australia, suffered defeats in both the T20I and the ODI series, and acquired a bad habit of finding a way to lose games that should have been won by giving the opposition an opportunity to bounce back.
"I don't find anything strange from my perspective watching the series (between India and Australia)," Dravid said.
"I still feel that we are still going to be one of the favourites. But it's going to be tough, it's going to be competitive. I think there was a bit of notion that we are going to walk there and win the World Cup. So it's a good thing that has happened. What it has reminded us is that we have to play the World Cup very very well," added Dravid.
Dravid, who has done immensely well in his role grooming the younger generation, feels the upcoming Indian Premier League before the World Cup will not affect the players and believes players are smart enough to deal with their workload and ensure they remain fit for the quadrennial event.
"Most players are smart about these things. They know how to handle their bodies. I don't think the players would put their body on the line. I was reading Patrick Cummins (Australia pacer) saying that he feels better bowling when he is constantly playing rather than having rested and coming back," he said.
"So for each player, it's different. There cannot be a blanket case that all should be rested. We have to just trust the players. They know what needs to be done," said Dravid.
India will begin their World Cup campaign with two warm-up games against New Zealand and Bangladesh before the marquee opener against South Africa on June 5.