New Delhi, (Agencies): India are the hot favourites to win the Cricket World Cup starting in the sub-continent from February 19, said 1983 edition winning team-member Kirti Azad.

Terming India an experienced and balanced side, Azad advised Dhoni and his men to focus on their job at hand just like mythical hero Arjuna had done to shoot at the eye of a fish.

"You cannot compare today's side with that of 1983 World Cup team because when we won it we had not collectively played the same number of matches Virender Sehwag has played. But there is one similarity in the two teams -- that is captain. Kapil had always wanted to play for a win and I see the same instinct in Dhoni. Both leads from the front," Azad told PTI-Bhasha in an interview.

"The biggest plus point of this team is the balance and experience. This team has many match-winners but I feel a lot will depend on Sachin Tendulkar. His experience of the last five World Cups will come handy on him. His presence lifts the confidence of other players. So I am saying India are the favourites," he said.

Azad, also a Member of Parliament, said that it is unnecessary for people to debate on whether this World Cup would be the last one for Tendulkar.

"His instinct and appetite for scoring runs have not decreased. From the way he is piling on runs, it seems that he can play in the next World Cup also," he said.

Azad said India are the top favourites to win the World Cup because the side has the "killer instinct".

"The team had not accepted defeat till the end in the ODI series in South Africa. This shows that the team has the killer instinct. All the players are making contributions to the team cause and except for the wicket-keeping slot we have an alternative player to take place," said the former all-rounder.

The sub-continental pitches generally assist slow bowlers but Azad advised India to go for a three pacer and one spinner combination in the World Cup.

"Three seamer and one spinner formula would be the right thing. Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Sehwag and even Tendulkar can take the responsibility of the fifth bowler," he said.

He also felt it a right decision for the selectors to pick only one wicket-keeper in the Indian squad.

"Most of the matches have gaps of six days and I hope there would be no injury to Dhoni. God forbid if there is any problem in that regard, I think there will be enough time to call in another player."