LEEDS – Electing to bat after winning the toss is fast becoming a ritual at the Cricket World Cup but India are just as comfortable chasing, batsman Dinesh Karthik said on Friday.
Captains have begun talking about the perils of chasing on growingly sluggish tracks and the toss is becoming increasingly vital as the tournament approaches its business end.
England's comprehensive victory over New Zealand on Wednesday illustrated it perfectly as the hosts, 194-1 in 30 overs, finished on 305-8.
The Black Caps were bowled out for 186 and their captain Kane Williamson bemoaned how the Durham track had got slower and slower throughout the match.
India's only loss, against England, also came when chasing with their middle-order batsmen struggling to get going on an Edgbaston track that slowed considerably.