In an interview, Vengsarkar said India should not have fielded injured players in the World Cup squad hoping that they would eventually get fit.
He also expressed surprise at the omission of last World Cup’s man-of-the-tournament Yuvraj Singh and in-form opener Murali Vijay from the World Cup squad, and termed the ommissions as “shocking and surprsing”.
India will open their World Cup campaign with the high-voltage Pool A game against Pakistan — a team against which they have never lost in the tournament in the past – at the Adelaide Oval in Australia on February 15.
The former India captain feels that playing arch rivals Pakistan in the very first match was a “blessings in disguise” because if the team wins the game, the mindset of the players will change.
Q: Do you feel India’s poor performance in the tri-series in Australia will have any effect on the team’s morale in the World Cup?