History’s shadow follows India and Sri Lanka

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, March 13, 2007 (AFP) – Rahul Dravid and Mahela Jayawardene hope to step out of history’s shadow at the World Cup.

India have not won the tournament since 1983 and this time round it is Dravid’s turn as skipper to attempt to break that long wait for a second title.

The pressure has been increased by Kapil Dev, the captain of that 1983 side, claiming that the 2007 squad is better than the one which memorably seized the trophy 24 years ago.

“I think you can’t really compare teams, it’s a different time, a different era, and that was a great team that won the competition,” said Dravid.

“We’re looking forward. Just take one game at a time and make sure we get through the first round.”

India open their Group B campaign here on Saturday against Bangladesh.

Sri Lanka, champions in 1996, have also been touted as potential winners and recognise that a second world title could also act as a unifying factor back home.

“It (1996) obviously gave a lot of pride and a lot of passion,” said captain Mahela Jayawardene.

“We have four guys on our team who have done it, and who have spoke