India, March 15 -- Shane Warne couldn't hide his joy after Australia rallied to clinch the five-ODI series 3-2, their first in India in 10 years. The legendary leg-spinner feels this triumph has opened up the debate for World Cup favourites and fancies his country defending the title in England.

HT caught up with the 49-year-old Australian, who is also the brand ambassador of Rajasthan Royals, to discuss the World Cup, IPL, comparisons between Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli among other things. Excerpts:

Favourites for the World Cup...

India and England have to be the favourites. They've played great cricket over the last 12 months. But Australia have won four out of the last six World Cups. They won the last one in England (in 1999),...