If you are an Indian fan, life is looking good. India are the number one team in the test rankings, and second, behind Australia, on the one-day ladder. The plum of course would be winning the World Cup at home next year, something Anil Kumble believes is well within reach. 'Yes, we have a very good chance of winning it this time,' says Kumble, who is leading India at the Sixes. 'And playing at home will give India an extra edge. Crowd support and conditions will suit us.' The many millions of Indian fans, at home and around the world, will hope the former captain is right. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since Kapil Dev's men shocked the mighty West Indians at the 1983 one-day international World Cup. Defending a meagre total of 183 at Lords, the Indian bowlers upstaged the fearsome pace attack. Kumble was 13, growing up in Bangalore, when the world order was turned upside down. But it made a huge impression on the gangly youngster, who seven years later was playing the first of his 132 tests. By the time he retired, two years ago, the leg-spinner had claimed every Indian bowling record. He is third on the list of all-time test-wicket takers with 619, behind Muttiah Muralitharan (800) and Shane Warne (708). He has also taken 337 scalps in 271 one-day internationals. Having retired from all forms of the game at international level, Kumble can afford to sit back and cast a measured look at today's Indian squad. He likes what he sees. The presence of the masterful Sachin Tendulkar - going from strength to strength and this year, at 37, winner of the ICC Cricketer of the Year award - Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman, plus youngsters such as Suresh Raina and Pragyan Ojha, bodes well for India, Kumble says. 'India has a good core of 20 to 25 players who form a very good side,' he said. 'It's a nice set-up with a good mix of experience and young guns. We have players with quality.' Kumble is particularly pleased to see the transition that attacking left-handed batsman Raina has made from the one-day game to the test arena. Raina scored a hundred on his test debut against Sri Lanka in August and, with Tendulkar, steered the side out of trouble in a high-scoring second test in Colombo. 'He is one player who had been identified a long time ago as having the potential. He came on well in the shorter format and it is nice to see him carry on that form into the test arena.' Although still active in the Indian Premier League - he is captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore - Kumble last month took over a new role in Indian cricket, as chairman of the National Cricket Academy. He is eagerly anticipating to the task of unearthing and shaping new talent. 'It is going to be a new challenge and one I'm really looking forward to.' Last year, at the Hong Kong Sixes, Kumble said: 'The strength of Indian cricket is good. To dominate, it all depends on your bowling strengths, and we have a good unit. Our fast-bowling attack is very good and we have two good spinners in Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra. Our batting is strong and I feel India are the complete package right now.' India have since knocked Australia off the top spot in the test rankings and are on the verge of going top in the limited overs format, too. And now he is saying India are good to win the World Cup. Fans will be hoping his prophetic words will come true next year.