Siddharth Malhotra
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B-Town prepares to support India!

Siddharth Malhotra

By HT

Mumbai, Feb. 13 -- Cricket is inarguably the most popular sport in India. And as the country eagerly waits for the ICC Cricket World Cup to commence tomorrow (February 14), and India's campaign to begin on February 15 (against Pakistan), B-Town is preparing to support the team and their favourite players. We caught up with five cricket enthusiasts from Bollywood to know about their preparations for the game.

SIDHARTH MALHOTRA

Preparation for the World Cup:

I will watch the matches either at home with friends, on my smartphone, or on the TV in the vanity van.

Dream final:

India-Australia. Watching India take sweet revenge (Australia defeated India in the finals of the 2003 World Cup) by beating them in a similar manner would be lovely.

Players to look out for:

Rohit Sharma (India), as he is in great form. Also, Virat Kohli is one to look out for. I like David Warner (Australia), as he is an explosive batsman. I am also looking forward to Mitchell Starc (Australia) for his sheer pace and accuracy. Also, AB de Villiers for his unstoppable batting.

A superstition you believe in:

When the Indian team takes a wicket, we don't change our seating positions in order to not jinx it (laughs).

AKSHAY KUMAR

Preparation for the World Cup:

Even if I don't ask anyone, I will get to know the score updates from people around me. And when I am travelling, the apps on my iPhone and iPad will come in handy.

Dream final:

As a proud Indian, I'd say India and England. I strongly feel, no matter what, India will always relish beating the creators of our nation's favourite sport.

Players to look out for:

AB de Villiers (South Africa) is amazing in big tournaments. Hashim Amla (South Africa) is the man of the moment. David Warner (Australia) is good as well, as he is one of the most impressive batsmen at the moment. I also like Virat Kohli (India), as he brings new-age thinking to the game. And Mitchell Johnson (Australia), who, I feel, bowls for his life and not just for his team.

A superstition you believe in:

I believe in praying for athletes' safety, not for their win. Greedy prayers go unanswered.

SUSHANT SINGH RAJPUT

Preparation for the World Cup:

I have installed a big TV in my theatre room to watch the World Cup with my friends. But since I will be travelling a lot, I will use my iPad and iPhone to keep track of the matches.

Dream final:

Undoubtedly, India-Pakistan. I've always wondered what it would be like to watch the arch rivals competing for the title at cricket's biggest platform.

Players to look out for:

In no particular order, AB de Villiers for his dominance, Trent Boult (New Zealand) for his blistering speed, Steven Smith (Australia) for his understanding of the game, and Yasir Shah (Pakistan) and Rohit Sharma (India) for their class.

A superstition you believe in:

It's not exactly a superstition, but every time there is a big match, I wear an Indian team jersey. I even wear them to meetings.