Will Porterfield says any team in World Cup will provide Ireland with a challenge

ill Porterfield, the captain of the Ireland team, is happy to be in the tough group where his team would face India and Pakistan in the 2015 World Cup.


981832-16017951-640-360In July this year, the Irish team won the tournament in Amstelveen and became the first team to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. They now face competition in Group B against defending champions India and 1992 winners Pakistan, South Africa, two-time champions West Indies, Zimbabwe and the fourth qualifying nation.

“I think that playing in any World Cup against any of the nations is a great challenge and one that we are dearly looking forward to”, said Porterfield. “It is going to be great for Ireland to go yet again to new conditions and challenge ourselves against the best”.

“Hopefully we can get down to Australia and New Zealand before the competition for at least four or six weeks to train and play some competitive cricket”, he continued. “We have proved in the past that we can beat any team on our day and we will certainly be going to the World Cup with the intention of at least getting through the group stage”.

“We can definitely beat any team”, he enforced. “We played some good cricket in the last World Cup and for the majority of the games we were right in the game but maybe let ourselves down in 10 overs with either bat or ball and that will cost you in big tournaments”.

English: Sachin Tendulkar at Adelaide Oval

Sachin Tendulkar fan

The Ireland captain is also a huge fan of Sachin Tendulkar.

“My favourite Indian cricketer would be the great Sachin”, he confessed. “To play the game for so long at the top level and perform in every country is a great feat. I think that teams with pace have the basis to be successful in Australia'”

Porterfield also had words of praise for Team India captain MS Dhoni. “Dhoni has proven himself as one of the best middle order batsmen in world cricket for some time now and is always a key scalp for any team that play India as he can take the game away from you in a matter of overs!!”

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