Chennai: Australian skipper Ricky Ponting’s poor form can give Team India an edge over the Aussies in their World Cup quarterfinal match on March 24 in Ahmedabad.

Indian middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh said Australia were no longer the same intimidating force because of retirements of some key players

"Australia has won five games. The two teams are equal at the moment. Whosoever plays better on March 24 will win the match. No doubt, Australia are a top side having won the title for last three years," Yuvraj said after his all-round show helped India crush West Indies by 80 runs in their last Group B league match.

"However, players like Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist are not there in the team. Ricky Ponting has not been in his form for quite some time. We will focus and try to win the match by exposing their weakness," Yuvraj added.

Yuvraj was also not concerned of facing the three-pronged Australian pace attack and said India are prepared for it.
"If you are thinking of winning the World Cup, it does not matter (who you play). You need to beat the best sides such as Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to win the Cup,” he pointed out.

Yuvraj said batting up the order helps in getting a big score since he could stay at the crease for longer period.

"It is a big moment for me and Indians and the nation. I feel happy. I need to continue the form in the quarterfinal. It was very hard, tough times for me. As I say tough people stand out even during tough times,” said Yuvi.

On India not being able to bat the quota of 50 overs, he said, "It will be an issue for you (media), if we do not win the games. We are getting ready for quarterfinal."

Asked about his comments on Sachin Tendulkar walking back to pavilion despite umpire signalling not out, Yuvraj said, "Not surprised. He felt that he has to walk and he walked. It is a personal decision. It should be left to the person concerned."

(Agencies)