World T20 2014 news March 14, 2014

Dhoni not worried over lack of T20 preparation

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'Familiar conditions will help our bowlers' - Dhoni

It is ironic that the country with the most lucrative T20 tournament in the world, India, have played only five T20 internationals since the last World T20 in 2012. Four of those were played towards the end of that year and only one in 2013, in contrast to other teams like England and West Indies that have already played three-match T20 series in the build-up to the upcoming World T20 in Bangladesh. Despite the lack of practice in this format, India captain MS Dhoni was confident that the experience gained by the players in the IPL was sufficient for them to compete as a unit.

"Most of the teams, if you see, don't play a lot of T20s," Dhoni said in Dhaka in his first press conference ahead of the tournament. "Especially with the kind of schedule we have, I don't think we'll be able to accommodate more than one or two T20s [per series]. That is something that I will always face.

"At the same time, we have got the IPL where we have played with the best players and the standard there is as high as international standards so that really amounts to the experience we need."

Since winning the inaugural World T20 in 2007, India have failed to make the semi-finals in each of the next three editions. In 2012, despite losing just one out their five games, India failed to make the final four because they fell short on the net run rate. Dhoni said their experience was an example of how no team can afford to lose even a single game, for it could affect their chances of qualifying. India are placed in a tough group, with Pakistan, Australia and West Indies.

"Our group is quite a competitive one so all the matches will be important," Dhoni said. "Especially when you consider our performance in the last edition of the World T20 where we exited from the tournament after losing just one game. We have a couple of warm-up games before our first game so we'll be looking towards using those warm-ups to sort out our team's balance."

India's performances away from home have slipped since beating Zimbabwe 5-0 last year. India failed to win a single game on their tours of South Africa and New Zealand and failed to make the final of the Asia Cup that concluded recently in Bangladesh. Dhoni admitted that their performances in the away Tests and ODIs were below par, but was confident that none of it would affect their showing in the upcoming T20s.

"I think we have had to endure tough times recently but even in these situations it's not like we hadn't played good cricket," he said. "If you look at our Test performances away from home since 2011 you will see that our displays haven't been up to the mark. In the last two away series [against South Africa and New Zealand] we have shown that we have talent though we lost both the series. So I think we are on the way up, and that's where you want to be. There is always pressure."

Dhoni missed the Asia Cup due to a side strain and he said the short break after the hectic traveling did him good. "For me, the positive side was to get a bit of rest. I was at home with no work. It was something that I would appreciate. You don't want to get injured and miss a series. So overall, a good 10-12 days off."

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  • Oracle_Magus on March 15, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    We can never write off any team in the T20 format. The key here is Confidence, controlled aggression and there is always an element of luck. Fielding is of utmost importance, the players needs to be on their toes throughout, dropped catches and misfields will surely reverse the tide here. Aussies after the Ashes and SA tour will be high on confidence, the only downside is the pitches here in Asia, which will render their bowling less effective. NZ too after the whitewash with India will fancy their chances, since they rely more on their aggressive batsmen instead of their bowlers, their chances are good. Lankans with the Asia Cup in their Kitty and with a well balanced side will surely keep pace with the best. Paks has our favourite Boom Boom and he is a Wizard even in ODI's . And Finally we have India, the recent overseas performance and the Asia Cup must have dented their confidence, but still we have many match winners and the best finisher, so let's wish them the very best. Cheers!

  • on March 18, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    y dhoni didnt cum to bat in warmuo match yesterday?? surprising move although didnt get the reason n india didnt defend such a small target having such big names in team wth pure batsman n allrounder frm 1 to 10.. vry unlikely performance... i thought dhoni presence ll have a positive impact in indians.. hmm lets see how things goes on in cuming matches for all teams bcz its a format whr the team perform well in tht particular day should win. its hard to predict abt any team or any player before time.bt it ll be an interesting tournament. best wishes to all bt special prayers for Pakistan. live long pak

  • Naresh28 on March 18, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    India lost yesterday to SL - I would not read too much into that practice warmup game. Yuvi and Raina contributed and showed their like for this format. India need a pure batsman like Pujara amongst these formats.

  • satchander on March 17, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    India have no chance. Yuvraj is out of form. Raina is out of form. Bowlers are all jaded. Shami - give that man a break - he has been bowling non-stop. Dhoni needs to drop TEST from his captaincy. PLEASE have different teams for different formats - only then players will remain fresh and will be able to give their best. 2007 we won because we had a new team. Unless you approach T20 in the manner you did in 2007, India will struggle always.

  • on March 17, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    dhoni should up in the batting order yuvraj should play as 6th batsmen

  • Nampally on March 16, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    @TNAmarkFromIndia: Yes Yuvraj & Raina failed in the Tests & ODI's. They tried to act as though they have great defence or got unduly ruffled expecting bouncers. In T20 there is no time to think. Yuvraj & Raina are moe at ease attacking - that's why they are called "Finishers". Similarly Dhawan & Rohit are good attacking. One advantage they have on their side is shorter boundary which Yuvraj or Raina can clear just flicking the ball over the fence. Rohit is good hitting sixers over extra Cover. Another point is there are no Slips cordon. Dhawan is very strong on cutting which is restricted because of fear in being caught there. So the natural game of these 4 guys means heavy scoring in T20. Karan Sharma or Rahul Sharma would have been highly effective leg spinners in T20. Sadly Dhoni hates leg spinners. I doubt whether he will have Mishra in XI. Right horses for the right format is critical. I feel that India will bank on their batting getting 180 to 200 total to win each match!

  • Cricsnake on March 16, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    I think still India has a chance. Match practice is essential, but if you play disciplined sensible cricket the chances are high. Dhoni is the man who done this before. In 2007 T20 WC nobody expected India could win, but this man led the team to get that. 2011 ODI WC & 2013 CT all won by this man's effort. He is superb. Though I'm not Indian I wish all the very best for Dhoni. GL team India.

  • Sandt on March 16, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Dear Dhoni, what india have done in T20 after IPL has started. please tell us. nothing. So how can you say IPL will help you to play well in this T20.Please understand you should preform properly and not bank on IPL. Also if you have non performing favorites in your team to include you are not going to win in intl cricket.

  • srinideva on March 15, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    @Anand Palwankar, That`s good. Only time will tell what he can offer to the Indian team. Best of luck to him and mainly India..Have a nice day my friend.

  • on March 15, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    @rakon _me ind and aus wont even make it so semis pak and west indies will go throuh from this group MARK MY WORDS

  • Oracle_Magus on March 15, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    We can never write off any team in the T20 format. The key here is Confidence, controlled aggression and there is always an element of luck. Fielding is of utmost importance, the players needs to be on their toes throughout, dropped catches and misfields will surely reverse the tide here. Aussies after the Ashes and SA tour will be high on confidence, the only downside is the pitches here in Asia, which will render their bowling less effective. NZ too after the whitewash with India will fancy their chances, since they rely more on their aggressive batsmen instead of their bowlers, their chances are good. Lankans with the Asia Cup in their Kitty and with a well balanced side will surely keep pace with the best. Paks has our favourite Boom Boom and he is a Wizard even in ODI's . And Finally we have India, the recent overseas performance and the Asia Cup must have dented their confidence, but still we have many match winners and the best finisher, so let's wish them the very best. Cheers!

  • on March 18, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    y dhoni didnt cum to bat in warmuo match yesterday?? surprising move although didnt get the reason n india didnt defend such a small target having such big names in team wth pure batsman n allrounder frm 1 to 10.. vry unlikely performance... i thought dhoni presence ll have a positive impact in indians.. hmm lets see how things goes on in cuming matches for all teams bcz its a format whr the team perform well in tht particular day should win. its hard to predict abt any team or any player before time.bt it ll be an interesting tournament. best wishes to all bt special prayers for Pakistan. live long pak

  • Naresh28 on March 18, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    India lost yesterday to SL - I would not read too much into that practice warmup game. Yuvi and Raina contributed and showed their like for this format. India need a pure batsman like Pujara amongst these formats.

  • satchander on March 17, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    India have no chance. Yuvraj is out of form. Raina is out of form. Bowlers are all jaded. Shami - give that man a break - he has been bowling non-stop. Dhoni needs to drop TEST from his captaincy. PLEASE have different teams for different formats - only then players will remain fresh and will be able to give their best. 2007 we won because we had a new team. Unless you approach T20 in the manner you did in 2007, India will struggle always.

  • on March 17, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    dhoni should up in the batting order yuvraj should play as 6th batsmen

  • Nampally on March 16, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    @TNAmarkFromIndia: Yes Yuvraj & Raina failed in the Tests & ODI's. They tried to act as though they have great defence or got unduly ruffled expecting bouncers. In T20 there is no time to think. Yuvraj & Raina are moe at ease attacking - that's why they are called "Finishers". Similarly Dhawan & Rohit are good attacking. One advantage they have on their side is shorter boundary which Yuvraj or Raina can clear just flicking the ball over the fence. Rohit is good hitting sixers over extra Cover. Another point is there are no Slips cordon. Dhawan is very strong on cutting which is restricted because of fear in being caught there. So the natural game of these 4 guys means heavy scoring in T20. Karan Sharma or Rahul Sharma would have been highly effective leg spinners in T20. Sadly Dhoni hates leg spinners. I doubt whether he will have Mishra in XI. Right horses for the right format is critical. I feel that India will bank on their batting getting 180 to 200 total to win each match!

  • Cricsnake on March 16, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    I think still India has a chance. Match practice is essential, but if you play disciplined sensible cricket the chances are high. Dhoni is the man who done this before. In 2007 T20 WC nobody expected India could win, but this man led the team to get that. 2011 ODI WC & 2013 CT all won by this man's effort. He is superb. Though I'm not Indian I wish all the very best for Dhoni. GL team India.

  • Sandt on March 16, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Dear Dhoni, what india have done in T20 after IPL has started. please tell us. nothing. So how can you say IPL will help you to play well in this T20.Please understand you should preform properly and not bank on IPL. Also if you have non performing favorites in your team to include you are not going to win in intl cricket.

  • srinideva on March 15, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    @Anand Palwankar, That`s good. Only time will tell what he can offer to the Indian team. Best of luck to him and mainly India..Have a nice day my friend.

  • on March 15, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    @rakon _me ind and aus wont even make it so semis pak and west indies will go throuh from this group MARK MY WORDS

  • huffpost on March 15, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    rohit dhawan kohli yuvi raina dhoni jadeja ashwin mishra kumar shami..this would be the right combo...i really think this team will do it...it will be an India-Australia final...mark my words..

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on March 15, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    Nampally, fans are not underestimating India's batting. They're simply judging them on their form. Neither Yuvraj's nor Raina's form recently have been able to evoke any confidence from the Indian fans and Dhawan's and Rohit's form has dipped drastically too. The only ones who have shown form and consistency are Kohli and Dhoni. So it remains to be seen how our batting performs in the ICC World T20.

  • Samuraiii on March 15, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    Good Bet for winning WC is probably with this team.

    dhawan rahane kohli yuv stuart dhoni jadeja ashwin mishra shami aaron

  • vkumar_086 on March 15, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    India will win their first match against Pak, there is no doubt in it...they have to carry this momentum to Australia and Windies matches.....they can surely come as victorious....really India is in very tough group and not lucky as SL....my favourites are Aus--WI--Ind--SL--Pak--NZ--SA--Eng--Ireland--Bangla...best of luck for all teams

  • vkumar_086 on March 15, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    India will win their first match against Pak, there is no doubt in it...they have to carry this momentum to Australia and Windies matches.....they can surely come as victorious....really India is in very tough group and not lucky as SL....my favourites are Aus--WI--Ind--SL--Pak--NZ--SA--Eng--Ireland--Bangla...best of luck for all teams

  • Nampally on March 15, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    In T20 either the bowling has to be very economical or have a very string wkt. taking bowlers. Of course if you have a combination of both in bowlers you win easily. With this philosophy, I would have liked to see wicket taking bowlers like Karan Sharma & Mishra operating in tandem with Jadeja as the 3 spinners on a spin friendly BD wkt. These 3 have proven ability of being economical Wkt. Takers! Shami & Ishwar Pandey would supplement this role in Pace. Neither Karan Sharma nor Pandey are in the squad, unfortunately. Even if they were Dhoni would have benched them. The other 3 Shami, Jadeja & Mishra are in the squad. Ashwin & one seamers will fill in the other 2 spots. Many Fans are under estimating the Indian batting. Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Dhoni, Yuvraj & Raina represent the best 6 in any playing Nation. Only Uttappa as opener could be better hitter than Rohit. The Selectors have made an excellent choice of picking the Best. If India can put their best foot forward, they will WIN WC!

  • ramli on March 15, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    It is accepted that one cannot win all the time ... yet, MSD must realize that one has to win at least OCCASIONALLY ... this did not happen for sometime in overseas tours ... may be India just wins ICC tournamnets like CT2013 even when nobody gave it a chance ... let us see the luck in Wt20-2014

  • siddhartha87 on March 15, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    should be a good world cup with Aus,India,WI,SL and Pak all having good squads.Even New Zeland and England are good.India has a good batting order but they need to play without the fear of failure like Aussie t20 team is doing at the moment

  • Oracle_Magus on March 15, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Dear Friends, please do show some confidence in our team. We all know our team has talent, agree they lack consistency. Many of us does not agree with the team selection or some decisions on field, but guys now that they are representing our country, instead of criticising, we need to just support them. Teams may win or loose, it's a game after all and I would unconditionally support any captain and team as long as they are a part of our team. Please don't fail to see the bigger picture, just because you think differently from our Selectors or Captain. They are doing their best and like us, they have the best intentions for our team. So let's also stay positive and wish our team the very best. Cheers!

  • on March 15, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    Standard pre-cup press briefing comments by Dhoni. After the first win he will say "I back the bowlers despite the loss" and after losing the cup he will say " we take away a lot of good performance from this tournament and we are in a transition period"

  • shashi_dhoni on March 15, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Rambo-123 ... r u from sl or pak .... T20 does not need form boss ,,, Indian top six batsmans are far more better than any other team in this conditions ... only problem is death bowling and bowler like (malinga , ajmal , narine , starc , steyn ) who can bowl at critical times ... so if INDIA CHASE INDIA WINS dont worry about target...

  • on March 15, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    @Srini. It is today only Rohit Sharma's performance of 209 against Australia is judged " The best ODI performance of the year 2013 ". So its not me only, ESPN is also appriciated Rohits performance. Not only for Rohit, but for every our young batsmen, its not worth to critisise all the time. Dhavan, Rahane everybody had bad time in SA. All these players were peforming for the first time in SA. All most all the top batsmen in the world had tough time in SA in their first attempt. But it is fact. It is test cricket all about. We have to back our all players. In SA Pujara scored century, but he couldnt score in NZ. Dropped catch of Maccullum costs us second test, but its not worth to critisise Kohli. So dear friend Srini. It is very nice to share cricketing talk with you. Yes offcource I am fan of Rohit. You too must be fan of anybody. So its better give our best wishes to team India for there better show in T20 world cup. All The Best India.

  • Rambo-123 on March 15, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Zavahir don't be over confidence..... there are better teams than India, the form of India looks like they will loose to AFG OR BAN hahaha

  • on March 15, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    @rohanblue, very well said. any other country would die to have a captain like him if not player...

  • on March 15, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    @ Anand Palwankar, I'm not sure about your comparison between steyn and gavaskar. The thing is you have to go back to 2010 to highlight the performance of rohit. It tells something about his consistent..its 2014 my friend...We need another west indies tour of India to boost the moral of rohit.so that he can continue in the team for next four years with his invisible talent.

  • zavahir on March 15, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    India will win !!!! The World Cup no questions

  • casimpk on March 15, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Exactly, IPL experience is enough & this is why they've not featured in any of the semifinals since 2007 :)

  • soumyas on March 15, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    whatever it may be, I'm losing interest in Indian team, I'm witnessing people are not much driven by the team's performances, may be because of the favouritism in team selection, even after repeated failures same players are getting selected again and again from the same part of nation. It hurts fans especially when we have so much of talent available. Also dhoni's attitude of not admitting the real mistakes is hurting everyone, his 'still flying' attitude 'even after the fall' is not getting digested well. Indian team selection and strategy needs some fresh perspective...

  • 11_Warrior on March 15, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    I am sure MSD & Co. will use the expirience of this World T20 in the upcoming IPL. Some of the IPL matches are to be played in Bangladesh.

  • soumyas on March 15, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    @Anand Palwankar... who is Stayn ? ;)

  • sreehk on March 15, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    This is the most balanced T20 series ever, with almost all sides having pretty evened out strengths and weaknesses.

    Favorites: WI for their raw talent and mystery spinners. SL solely for their spinners.

    Dark horse: NZ for all round talent.

    India lack depth in bowling, while Pak lacks in batting. Aus and England do not have quality spinners for Asian pitches. SA will always miss something that no one can know what is that missing ingredient.

    India miss a giant hitter in lower order like Yusuf, a fast bowling all rounder like Irfan to balance the side. But Dhoni has managed to politically sideline both despite their all round talents. Hope Yuvraj again rises to deflate Dhoni.

  • Yousufahmed1 on March 15, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    @ electric_loco_WAP4 Yeah Right. I bet your colombo track bullies Legends will help you win like they have in the past. LOL. Paper Legends.

  • abherath on March 15, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    Though Dhoni says this - obviously for the sake of sounding positive - he knows jolly well that the IPL experience is not enough, as he has seen by experience in the last few World T20s. IPL is not of the international T20 standard. At the IPL they play for money abd there is no intense feeling for the team as when one plays for his country. Also the standard is diluted by many domestic cricketers who are not of international class. This is not to run down the IPL. It serves its purpose of a domestic league very well and provides many cricketers the opportunity to secure their future while providing good entertainment to spectators but it is wrong to say that it is a substitute for international T20s.

  • on March 15, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    Majority of the people thinks "INDIA" has no chance to win this T20 WC. So what, we were written off in 2007, because legendary players opted-out of the inaugural T20 edition. Similar to 2007, this team India doesn't have enough support from Media and fans. For me this is blessing in disguise... come on Rohit, Dhoni, Raina.. n Co, lets rock the show.

  • on March 15, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    So what,This time it is going to be best mouthwatering tournament ever

  • on March 15, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    @Srinideva. Dear friend absolutely right. For all critics of Rohit Sharma it is seems like a poem. The incident you are focusing about Stayn, well there are so many incidents happened already in past with so many players. So passing dialogues in the middle is a comman factor for very fast bowler. Same Stayn also went wicket less in same series for more than 75 overs. Now how you describe it ? Is it worth to say Sunil Gavaskar is great bowler than Stayn ? Who got his lonely test wicket in less overs than Steyn ? It was Rohits first overseas test tour. Experienced bowler like Stayn definately was knowing the fact so he tried patience of Rohit. In that same inning Rohit smashes him twice after that incident. One of it was a superb pull shot. So Rohit gave answer with his bat to Stayn. Don't forget this. People always loves to criticise Rohit all the time. Mentioning one or two his bad innings you can't took away his credit all the times. Remember 2010 T20 WC his innings vs Aussie. 79no.

  • on March 15, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    Misplaced optimism, I guess!! It is everybody's knowledge that our bowlers are the worst in terms of economy and wicket taking abilities. It would surprise me, if India makes any progress in this tournament. Just watching a few other teams like Windies/Australia/South Africa/England, the batting of these teams have real fire power, which is sadly lacking in the current Indian Team. You can argue that we have MSD/Yuvi/Raina, but still if you see the overall depth of the other teams, our team is not up to the mark and this will be definitely felt in this tournament. Of course, the main worry is the bowling and I would not be surprised if 200 mark is breached by the opposing teams on a regular basis.And less said about the fielding and catching of our team, which is below par again!! All in all, heart says India, but brain feels any other team!!

  • on March 15, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    india has a good team not better than australia or SA

  • rohanblue on March 15, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    people have short memories, bunch of good for nothing losers bashing a man who is d only captain in the history of the game to won T20 wc, champions trophy, and world cup and criticizing his strategies, Best of luck Dhoni , just give your best, i am sure we will do well this time, a true fan is some who enjoys team success and support the time in the bad time ........

  • on March 15, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    For me Australia are the favorites and India are underdogs!! It's very tough to even qualify to semis with Aus, Pak and WI in the same group!! It's just going to be one more WC for India without entering Semi Finals ?

  • shaapit on March 15, 2014, 3:31 GMT

    They need to perform their best....hoping for YUVRAJ to come back...!

  • srinideva on March 15, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    @Anand Palwankar, Your well crafted poem on Rohit is a fun to read. ROhit struggled miserably in the cricket world after his double ton in indian F1 track. We have seen the words from the best bowler in hte world Steyn " I scored more runs than you in this series" is a classic example of it. Rohit performed below par in the last 3 tours if not poor. He may look cool in hitting sixes against fast bowlers but the success rate is very below. I can`t forgot the way he played in the last edition of WT20 2012 against SA. he scored some 25 from 27 balls where your team needs quick runs to boost the run rate to qualify for the next round.

  • sssugat on March 15, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    last time they lost only one but this time they win only one..sure!!!

  • spinkingKK on March 15, 2014, 1:05 GMT

    I think India should play smarter to qualify against the likes of West Indies, Australia and Pakistan. My humble idea will be to play 5 bowlers with one or two part timers. Because, in T20's, you don't need to have 11 batsmen to play those 20 or sometimes 10 overs. But, it is worth having more bowling options at your hand if you know the strength and weaknesses of your opposition batsmen. My 11 will be: Dhawan, Rohit, Yuvraj (better against Pace than spin), Kohli, Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Ashwin, Mishra, Bhuvi, Aaron. The batsmen should simply get run out(that way, a ball is not wasted) if they can't force the run rate. That way, the lower order can get enough chance to score. There is no point in keeping wickets in hand if your score aren't good enough.

  • opd3.16 on March 15, 2014, 0:48 GMT

    they don't need to practice much for t20's.. if they can play lots of international OD & Test matches abroad without any practice matches match, there is no question about t20 brothers.. they know they are the greatest cricketers of all time.. lolzzz

  • on March 15, 2014, 0:35 GMT

    All Dhoni needs to do is play Amit Mishra; that guy can destroy any team with his leg spin and the occasional googly. He single-handedly won matches for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in last year's IPL. He's WAY ahead of Jadeja and Ashwin, and he definitely deserves a spot in the playing eleven.

  • on March 15, 2014, 0:13 GMT

    well Pak have qualified for every semi final berth since the tournament's inception and played two finals as well... so they are good in this format especially in icc t20 tournaments but u have too count the slowness of the wickets as well and if the boundary is of the same size as asia cup then fast bowlers are going to have nightmares on this wicket... india are a good team that can be considered for the title but seriously yuvi needs to fire if they are to win.... srilanka are the most balanced side there is.... australia are good but need to prove the potency of their fast bowlers in subcontinent.... SA are descent but still need to drop peterson if they want to take the title...Duminy does a better job than him WI are all firepower but obnoxiously self imploding as well Kiwis are going to be a good side if they produce good spinning options... England seem to be in a total wreck and it's not easy to get out of the situation they are in and apart from them all teams are contenders

  • gauravm5 on March 14, 2014, 23:52 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4: Mendis performed well in one match against India (without Dhoni, Yuvraj & Raina) and you started saying Indian batsmen cant play Mendis. In the last 9 ODIs against India, Mendis economy rate is 6.04. Mendis had a terrfic run in 2011 world cup but when SL team management saw India as the opposition in the final, they replaced Mendis with Suraj Randiv who initially was not even selected for SL's 15 men world cup squad and specifically was called in to play the final because of Mendis poor record against India in the past.

  • 1st_WC_without_Sachin on March 14, 2014, 23:49 GMT

    My playing XI: 1)Dhawan 2)Rohit 3)Virat 4)Raina(bat+spin) 5)Yuvraj(bat+spin) 6)Dhoni 7)Jadeja(bat+spin) 8)Ashwin(bat+spin) 9)Mishra(spin) 10)B.Kumar(pace) 11)Shami(pace). This combination gives India 5 spinners n 2 pacers, 6 Run-machines and a good wicket keeper.

  • 1st_WC_without_Sachin on March 14, 2014, 23:33 GMT

    If Dhoni keeps Mishra as 3rd spinner in playing XI, mark my words, India will repeat 2007 glory! My playing XI: 1)Dhawan 2)Rohit 3)Virat 4)Raina(bat+spin) 5)Yuvraj(bat+spin) 6)Dhoni 7)Jadeja(bat+spin) 8)Ashwin(bat+spin) 9)Mishra(spin) 10)B.Kumar(pace) 11)Shami(pace).

  • snemany on March 14, 2014, 21:52 GMT

    I only wish MSD wont drop Mishra for an extra pacer !! Our strength is spin.. That too in Bangladesh!! Even the pitches might be a bit worn out due to the SLK tour and the Asia Cup.. Mishra, Ashwin, Jadeja with support from Raina and Yuvraj can do wonders !!

  • xylo on March 14, 2014, 20:37 GMT

    I would give India a fair chance in this tournament purely based on the fact that Dhoni is coming off of a period of rest.

  • JoshFromJamRock on March 14, 2014, 20:14 GMT

    India can't expect to leave their group, much less lift the trophy, with that bowling attack. Sure Dhawan, Sharma, Kohli, Raina, Yuvi and Dhoni can set totals in excess of 170 (a winning total in most matches) but their bowling is average and will be reduced to a club level attack if dew should be present. Chasing is their safest although not exactly the best option. In other words, its best to field first if unsure about the possibility of dew. If absolutely sure that it will be absent, batting first is a must.

  • CricFanKrish on March 14, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    I don't have high hopes. I hope they can get one win. WI, Oz and PAK will thrash us if we don't pull up our socks quick.

  • gauravm5 on March 14, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4: Mendis performed well in one match against India (without Dhoni, Yuvraj & Raina) and you started saying Indian batsmen cant play Mendis. In the last 9 ODIs against India, Mendis economy rate is 6.04; even Suresh Raina's bowling stats against SL are better than Mendis. Mendis had a terrific run in 2011 world cup but when SL team management saw India as the opposition in the final, they replaced Mendis with Suraj Randiv who initially was not even selected for SL's 15 men world cup squad and specifically was called in to play the final because of Mendis poor track record against India.

  • on March 14, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    India should open with Dhawan and Kohli. We saw matches where Rohit Sharma was struggling to rotate the strikes during the powerplays. This affects your partner's game also. But Kohli in other end is very gud in rotating the strikes by playing the bowl with soft hands. If the team is below (with the same batting order) then india will increase their chances of winning worldcup.

    1. Shikhar Dhawan 2. Virat Kohi 3. Suresh Raina 4. Rohit Sharma 5. Yuvraj Singh 6. MS Dhoni 7. Ravindra Jadeja 8. Ravichandran Ashwin 9. Amit Mishra 10. Bhubhaneshwar Kumar 11. Shami Ahmed

  • vkumar_086 on March 14, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    @ electric_loco_WAP4..wait and watch...India has played well against both Ajmal and Mendis...Mendis proved very costly, gave away some 60 odd runs....moreover he is in other group....our fielding is very good when compared to other Asian countries like Pak...last time we lost only one match so came out....but this time INDIA has a good chance....

  • appkhi on March 14, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    @Big3BOSS keep dreaming India will be in semis....India is not able to qualify for Asian cup semi you are dreaming about T20.

  • Big3BOSS on March 14, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    Good team @Nikhil Dhawan,Rohit,Virat,Yuvraj,Raina,Dhoni,Jadeja,Ashwin,Mishra,Bhuvneshwar,Shami

    Bhuvi and Ashwin should bat aggressively but I think India will never need them to bat.

  • Big3BOSS on March 14, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    I think this time it will be India/SA/Aus/NZ in semis.....The SL/Pak teams have had a good run till semis/finals in previous tournaments ...but this timelaw of averages is likely to catch up with them....Law of averages caught up with England (4 SF appearances in ODI Worldcups)... and WI are very unpredictable given their mystery bowlers and power hitters who may click but are inconsistent. SA may finally win a tournament once and for all but the NZ team is real dark horse to take the trophy.

  • vkumar_086 on March 14, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    @ electric_loco_WAP4..wait and watch...India has played well against both Ajmal and Mendis...Mendis proved very costly, gave away some 60 odd runs....moreover he is in other group....our fielding is very good when compared to other Asian countries like Pak...last time we lost only one match so came out....but this time INDIA has a good chance....

  • on March 14, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    For India Rohit Sharma is going to be very curtail batsman. As we observing him since SA tour, he don't have any weak point in his batting. He drives well, handles short ball very well. In Asia cup against Pakistan he was just superb. He faced Junaid and Gul verwell. Even Ajmal couldn't stop him. After got promoted as an opener we are getting best of Rohit Sharma. Coming down the order was just waste of talent. Watched hitting sixes to worlds top most bowlers like Johnson, Maccay, Messy, Sauthy, Morkel etc. It was really treat to watch that. He is guy regularly facing critics against him. But still going strong enough. This is because fans always wants something special from him. Dhavan, Rahane, Virat too failed frequently but Rohit is targeted because only fans want special performance from him always. This is good sign too for India. Along with Shikhar if India gets start over 50 runs in say about 5/6 overs, Virat, Yuvi, Raina, Dhoni can take charge afterwords. Come on Rohit. ATB

  • wolf777 on March 14, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    "IPL experience enough" He he he…I don't see no Indian players hitting Steyns, Johnsons and Morkals in ICC events…

  • vkumar_086 on March 14, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    @ Arhan26...everybody were telling like you during 2007 t20 world cup.....India never played single t20 game, how could it win the title....but INDIA won the title....and thrashed the big teams SA, AUS, ENG, PAK (twice) on its way...same in this time....this winning streak starts with Pakistan....and history repeats !

  • on March 14, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    I don't think so this time india can make.

  • on March 14, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    forget the past and wish our team good luck

  • on March 14, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    rohit has done very well for MI batting at 4 but rahane is not a good t20 player and when we have middle order players like kohli,raina,yuvraj and dhoni then rohit is a better choice to open because his ability to play the big shots is much more than rahane and rahane couldn't be efficient if he bats till 10 or 12 overs because his strike rate is around 115.

  • gauravm5 on March 14, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    If loosing all league matches can result in Duncan Fletcher getting sacked out of the coaching job then despite being a die-hard Indian fan I would love to see India tasting defeats in all their matches.

  • ramz30380 on March 14, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    India are underdogs this edition but I think that suits them best - they were underdogs in 2007 - went on to win the inaugral WC and they were underdogs for the Champions Trophy in 2013, which again they went on to win...

    Going by that... lets keep our fingers crossed.... I think they shud play 3 spinners - SRJ, Ashwin and Mishra shud be part of the XI - against the quality of these 3 bowling in tandem on the b'desh pitches Ind can have a chance against the Aussies and West Indies

    Against Pak though - u never know which team will turn up on that day! If all goes well, we might see SL, Pak and Ind in the semis....

  • sidh78 on March 14, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    one thing always surprised me why SL always in easy groups of Icc tournaments.in this wt20 cup SL in groups of NZ ENG SA.none of the teams can play spin.they are just like a minnow against spin bowling on slow spining track of bangaladesh.i think their batsman strugle against bangaladesh spiner.i think bangala defeat them.(bangala whitewashed good NZ team twice in bangala).so i think Sl very easily reach to SF without any hard work,what a lucky team.otherhand pak ind wi aus are equally matched teams and very good players of spin.but all the good teams are in same group.unfortunatily only 2 teams go to sf.this is really sad.icc should think twice before making such stupid groups for wc.

  • BigINDFan on March 14, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    Interesting teams in this group. Three WCT20 winners and one the strongest team in terms of form currently. Who came up with this grouping, is it based on ICC rankings? Given the grouping Ind will find it tough since the bowling is bad but the one factor is that it is in BD which means spin will play a big role and I have hopes on Mishra and Jadeja. Ashwin is a wild card given his form.

    Rohit should play middle order and Dhawan and Rahane should open. MSD should come in at No. 4 after Kohli to maximize runs. Ind should play aggressive and it doesnt matter if they lose. IPL does count but usually WC are different ball game. Go India!

  • immi2711 on March 14, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    I have no idea how you Indian are so down about your teams chances of winning.. Given that majority of your players play in the IPL, it definitely gives you an advantage... You have good hitters like Dhoni/Dhawan/Kohli/Jadeja, who can take the game away from opposition very quickly.

    If anyone, Pakistan team look like on its way down...Our bowling is shoddy, batsmen are a hit or miss...Yes India does not look like a strong team, but if I would not say that they dont have a chance... Aussie/NZ/WI looks like one of them might take it

  • Great_Lion on March 14, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Sri lanka and south africa will qualify for semis from their group and pakistan and india will qualify from other group. Unfortunately australia will not make to the semis because of the india and pakistan are hard to beat in these conditions same as sri lanka. ashwin and ajmal both are very good in these conditions so australia have too much sloggers who can't play quality spin properly.But they will thrash badly to the minnow side of their group. Mark my word.This is the real truth.

  • Arhan26 on March 14, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Haha msd joke of the week. Itx been seven years since ipl started so as per ur statement, india wud hv won all t20 world cups bt tht hasn't happened. India ix chanceless in ths t20 mind it.

  • archis100 on March 14, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    It is good to realize that most of us discount Indian chances before a single ball is bowled, including me. Much like 2007.

  • on March 14, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    Always love the composure of msd. We are really lucky to have him as a captain of our team. come on India. ..

  • Kapeel on March 14, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    My team for game against Pakistan: 1) Dhawan 2) Rahane 3) Kohli 4) Sharma 5) Yuvraj/Raina 6) Dhoni 7) Jadeja 8) Ashwin 9) Bhuvneshwar 10) Mishra 11) Shami Let Sharma come late and let him do what he does for his Franchise Mumbai to come and attack instead of asking him to build an inning. Rahane is good in building an inning so he should better be opening as Dhawan would play aggressively.

  • Nampally on March 14, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    India has a very strong T20 side full of all rounders which will provide both bowling & batting. In addition there are some brilliant fielders too in Jadeja, Raina, Kohli, Rohit, Rahane. The team has RH Leg spin option in Mishra who was outstanding bowler in IPL 6. BD being spinners pitch, it will be good to go with Jadeja, Ashwin & Mishra as 3 spinners + Shami + one other seamer, as the 5 bowlers. In Batting starting from Dhawan , Rohit & Kohli + followed by 3 finishers in Yuvraj, Raina & Dhoni it becomes a tough batting to match. So I will go with India as the Favourites followed by WI, SA, Australia & Pakistan. So Dhoni's optimism is based on the team strength which just needs to perform on the match days consistently to WIN the T20 WC Good Luck India. You have a chance to put an end to the Losing streak & start a winning streak with T20 WC!

  • on March 14, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    however talented indian side maybe yuvi raina dhoni the big hitters in the squad it comes down to bowling indian bowling has been giving 300 plus in all odi something similar is expected in t20 also ya dhoni may use yuvi raina rohit but remember the opponents we have oz windies and pak this may not work dhawan is a guy who can be a hero or zero on his day early wickets big target pressure lets see how they cope basically i dont have much hope for our side though

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 14, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    Wont matter 1 bit.Ind are not with a chance.T hey struggle v spin-think Ajmal,Mendo in AC recently-,have weak captain,of course bowl/fielding stds. is 1 of lowest-can least afford in ltd. over cricket esp. such kind of tourneys.The s/f-Aus,Pak,SL,SA/NZ.

  • on March 14, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    The line between complacency & confidence is rather is rather thin & blurred, my dear Dhoni.

    Unless India gets a decent pairs of consistent opening batsmen AND opening seam/swing bowlers, we can never be too confident. Just watch out!

  • on March 14, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    the king is back. Please bring rohit lower down the order. he will waste majority of the deliveries to get used to the condition. put raina at 3 where he has massive success in this format of the game. india is a clear favourite in the tournament. look at the batting power of this team. people can say India don't have bowling unit. jadeja and ashwin can lead the team in the bowling dept.

  • on March 14, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    The 2 warm up matches will definitely help to sort out the balance in the Indian T20 team. But Dhoni's remarks that the group, we are in, is a tough one seem to imply something.

    His comment that the experience as gained by players in IPL T20 is sufficient indirectly seem to justify having played just 5 T20I matches only after the last 2012 World cup.

    The T20 Format is totally a different ball game and even one over can change the course of the match. So playing more matches, as a balanced T20 only will help in winning .

    As a very experienced Skipper, Dhoni should be aware that IPL matches having been played long back, with a mix of overseas players and with patches of Test matches & ODIs in the interregnum is not likely to help the Team's cause !

  • on March 14, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    India don't start as favorites, but they can surely win the tournament. Just need to get that balance right in the two warm up games. Any team can win this tournament. Just comes down to how you perform on the given day. Love Dhoni's composure, which has always been there no matter what. Good luck India!

  • on March 14, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    Bangladesh conditions very well suit west indies spinners nd imagine Gayle, Smith, Samuels,Sammy playing in a 65-70 odd meter boundaries.. Gud that Pollard is injured

  • on March 14, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    Aussies n Windies are strong contenders for worldcup t20.. While the former has extraordinary t20 hitters n the latter is the most balanced t20 team with perfect mix of t20 hitters, economic spinners n proven all rounders.. Beating one of them n making semis berth would be a nightmare for India, as they all play in the same group.. Though we have extraordinary IPL talents, in my opinion we haven't got the right mix for this format n also lack of t20 international matches is major disadvantage. That's y we were unable to make semis for the last 3 WCs

  • on March 14, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Come on guys, let us be realistic. Do you think we can win with our bowling attack? Our bowling attack is so unreliable. Even if we have to defend 12 runs off the last over, we cannot trust any bowler to safely deliver a win. Its no secret we have the worst attack and all batsmen will fancy their chances. So lets hope our boys pull through but we are certainly not favourites.

  • gannyboy on March 14, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    I don't think India has a chance. A lot is made of T-20 as a batsmen's game but it is the bowlers who wins you the game. All the previous T-20 WCs prove that (except for a few games). India won the inaugural T-20 WC because at that time we had good pacers in form of RP Singh n Sreesanth(they bowel constantly above 135kph in the tournament) with Pathan, Bhajji n Joginger providing good support. India constantly defended scores around 140 in that tournament, which I dont think the current Indian bowling is capable of.

  • on March 14, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    so strong indian team is back. let us see this time. this world cup will be interesting. as pak, india, aust and wi . all good sides only two will proceed....from them.

  • on March 14, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    He is composed.that is real approach of a captain.kohli missed an oppertunity in asia t 20.India are good fighters.they have the potentioal.only they need to exploit that let us see.

  • chapathishot on March 14, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    India will be playing Lanka in warm up matches.As our Lankan friends claim they are the best in T20s so and there is some facts behind the claim also as being the losing finalist in two world cups and semi finalist in three out of four editions.Pakistan also has a similar or even better record being the semifinalist in all four and winners in one.IF India can beat these two in the early fixtures then the confidence will be high and they may go on to win the cup for the second time

  • kricet_fan on March 14, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Indian king is back to take t20 world cup

  • on March 14, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Dhoni you missed agretion in opening ..Robin uttappa need fr t20

  • on March 14, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    This time very sorry to say that India will loose the T20 cup b'cos of lack of preparation with suitable best 11. If u find the best "':)-

  • on March 14, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    This morning, the very first thing i read here was "Dhoni shuns media before World T20" . Here we go, he is back facing media. We just need to be little patient with our players. We are the one who makes them larger than the game, and we demand heroics in return. Dhoni is just a captain of team which is headed by "THE POWERFUL" BCCI. Lets come together and wish our team all the very best. COME- ON INDIA COME-ON :)

  • on March 14, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    We are expecting a lot from this WC..Esp,from yuvi and Raina..if they perfom well definetly india will lift the cup again and both will secure a place in the ODI team.

  • on March 14, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    I think India will enter the semis easily My XI Dhawan,Rohit,Virat,Yuvraj,Raina,Dhoni,Jadeja,Ashwin,Amit Mishra,Bhuvneshwar,Shami

  • Presynaras on March 14, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    I always prefer Test and T20 over ODI cricket. Other than the WC and the Champions trophy, all the bilateral 5 or 7 match series are unnecessary. They mean absolutely nothing. At the most not more than 3 ODI should be played in a bilateral series and at least 3 T20 and 4 tests has to be played during a particular tour. T20 is no competition to Test cricket, but it is the better version when it comes to the one day format.

  • Presynaras on March 14, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    I always prefer Test and T20 over ODI cricket. Other than the WC and the Champions trophy, all the bilateral 5 or 7 match series are unnecessary. They mean absolutely nothing. At the most not more than 3 ODI should be played in a bilateral series and at least 3 T20 and 4 tests has to be played during a particular tour. T20 is no competition to Test cricket, but it is the better version when it comes to the one day format.

  • on March 14, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    I think India will enter the semis easily My XI Dhawan,Rohit,Virat,Yuvraj,Raina,Dhoni,Jadeja,Ashwin,Amit Mishra,Bhuvneshwar,Shami

  • on March 14, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    We are expecting a lot from this WC..Esp,from yuvi and Raina..if they perfom well definetly india will lift the cup again and both will secure a place in the ODI team.

  • on March 14, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    This morning, the very first thing i read here was "Dhoni shuns media before World T20" . Here we go, he is back facing media. We just need to be little patient with our players. We are the one who makes them larger than the game, and we demand heroics in return. Dhoni is just a captain of team which is headed by "THE POWERFUL" BCCI. Lets come together and wish our team all the very best. COME- ON INDIA COME-ON :)

  • on March 14, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    This time very sorry to say that India will loose the T20 cup b'cos of lack of preparation with suitable best 11. If u find the best "':)-

  • on March 14, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Dhoni you missed agretion in opening ..Robin uttappa need fr t20

  • kricet_fan on March 14, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Indian king is back to take t20 world cup

  • chapathishot on March 14, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    India will be playing Lanka in warm up matches.As our Lankan friends claim they are the best in T20s so and there is some facts behind the claim also as being the losing finalist in two world cups and semi finalist in three out of four editions.Pakistan also has a similar or even better record being the semifinalist in all four and winners in one.IF India can beat these two in the early fixtures then the confidence will be high and they may go on to win the cup for the second time

  • on March 14, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    He is composed.that is real approach of a captain.kohli missed an oppertunity in asia t 20.India are good fighters.they have the potentioal.only they need to exploit that let us see.

  • on March 14, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    so strong indian team is back. let us see this time. this world cup will be interesting. as pak, india, aust and wi . all good sides only two will proceed....from them.