Taylor unfazed by India's form

HARARE - Zimbabwe cricket captain Brendan Taylor has congratulated India for lifting the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, but insisted beating the Asian giants next month is a realistic target.

India beat host England by five runs on Sunday in a final reduced to 20 overs aside following persistent rains at the Oval.

This was the last edition of Champions Trophy after authorities sighted a heavy traffic in international fixtures.

“Congrats to India on the ICC Champions Trophy. Now how sweet would it be to beat them next month? Tough but achievable,” Taylor posted on his official Facebook page.

And in an interview with the Daily News on Monday, Taylor said the Indians, who are also defending world champions at the 50-over game, were reaping rewards of hard work.

“I’m not surprised that they won it, they have been playing good cricket and they are one of the best sides in international cricket,” Taylor said.

“We know what we are up against, it’s a tough assignment but we have to give ourselves plenty of time to prepare for them, which is exactly what we have been doing with national team coach (Andy) since we got in camp last month.”

Speculation making the round is that India will send a second-string side to Zimbabwe to give their senior players a rest, but Taylor says his team will not read too much into the composition of their opponents’ touring party.

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