After 23 years, the mega quadrennial event returns to the Antipodes, and India, who won the 2011 edition at home, seem to be on a shaky wicket after failing to win any of their four games in the tri-series that ended for them on Friday, two each against Australia and England.

Certainly, this is not the kind of preparation Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his team looked forward to when they embarked on their tour to Australia. To add their woes, some of their key players are nursing injuries.

For the statistically minded, this is the first World Cup Sachin Tendulkar will not be playing since he made his debut in the extravaganza in 1992.

Tendulkar's record is a World Cup story in itself. He has the most runs (2,278) in the tournament, most hundreds (six), most fifty plus scores (21) and most runs in a single edition (673 runs in 2002-03).

On the flat, dry tracks of the subcontinent, India were unbeatable in 2011 but on the bouncy, seaming tracks in Australia and New Zealand they will have to make huge technical adjustments if they have to do well.

Going by their showing in the Tests and the One-Day Internationals (ODI), there are serious doubts about their capabilities.

Of the 82 ODIs India have played in Australia, they won 31, lost 44, tied two and in four there was no result.

Eight of India's wins in Australia have come against Asian teams, four each against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. They also won all their four matches  against Zimbabwe.

But results against other top teams present a sorry picture. Against hosts Australia, India have played 42 matches, of which they have lost 30, won just 10 and no result in two matches.

In four matches played against the English, India have won just one and lost three while against New Zealand six wins and five losses. Against the West Indies, India have won two and lost one, and lost the sole match against South Africa.

India's record in New Zealand is worse. In 40 matches played they have won just 12 and lost 25, tied one and in two there was no result.

India last won an ODI in New Zealand back in 2009 and in the last series (2014) they lost four of the five matches, tying one.

India, though, will take heart from the fact that would have spent more than two and a half months in Australia before the World Cup starts and would have a head start compared to some of the other teams in terms of acclimatisation.

World Cup:

Pool A: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, New Zealand, Scotland, Sri Lanka.

Pool B: India, Ireland, Pakistan, South Africa, United Arab Emirates (UAE), West Indies, Zimbabwe.

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