World T20 March 20, 2014

Lack of T20I exposure poses questions for India

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Overview

India left for last year's Champions Trophy in similarly dispiriting circumstances. MS Dhoni had refused to answer questions about the alleged corruption in the IPL. This time, he wouldn't speak about Duncan Fletcher, the coach whom the BCCI had invited for a meeting just before the team left for Bangladesh. The overseas defeats are stacking up, like they had last year. Somehow, against all odds and suggestions of form, India managed to win that Champions Trophy. The only matter of relief for them this time will be that form and odds play even less a role in Twenty20 than they do in ODIs.

The tournament format itself is tough, though. Only two go ahead from a group of five with only one of the five minnows. In fact, India's group could draw Bangladesh, and they are capable of beating big teams in home conditions. India are also in the tougher group, with two pre-tournament favourites, West Indies and Australia, and the ever-dangerous Pakistan. What should make it more difficult is that India have played only five T20Is since the last World T20. Four of them featured one set of openers, the fifth a completely new set. And the fifth and the last came in October 2013, so India don't have much to go by in terms of form and feel when they choose their starting XI and batting order.

Do Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma continue to open, like they did in India's last T20 international, despite the failure in the first warm-up match? Is there a place for Ajinkya Rahane, who opened in the four matches before that? India don't have any form guide to go by when they make these decisions. Lest we forget, we said the same things before the 2007 tournament, and if Twenty20 has taught us one lesson, it is to never write a team off.

Key players

Playing for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, the Ravis, Ashwin and Jadeja, control the middle of the innings superbly, and aren't shy of bowling a high-pressure over in the end either. If anything, the wickets in Bangladesh will be even slower. To add to that, Dhoni is a good captain of spin. He will have to make the most of those eight overs to assume some control. Given the general profligacy of their other bowlers, India will have to spin it to win it. The only debilitating factor here is that India are the main draw for television, which demands they play every match in the evening, and ask their spinners to fight the dew.

Surprise package

India's bowling other than Ashwin and Jadeja. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami will likely be the first two choices, but it is Mohit Sharma and Amit Mishra who will need to surprise or Stuart Binny to multi-task or Varun Aaron to blast through with his pace. It is possible that the pitches might allow the playing of all three spinners, but even if they don't, at least one of the quicks will have to play a big role.

Weakness

Denial. Hopefully India are not singing to themselves the tune they have been playing in their press conferences - 'The IPL is high quality cricket so we don't need international experience. We lost only one match in the last World T20 so we are an excellent team. It was only rain during the match we lost that made the ball wet and pushed our net run rate too far down.'

The facts are: even despite dubious claims of high quality in the IPL, you need to play as a team to sort out your combinations, to know which bowler is in form to bowl the pressure overs, to know if Rohit should indeed open the innings, to judge if Dhoni should bat higher in the order and give himself the time to score his first international T20 fifty.

And saying India lost just one match in the last World T20 flatters them. When they knew they had to beat South Africa by at least 31 runs for that win to mean something, India used their best bowler, Ashwin, only from the 10th over, until which time India had set up a close contest for the match itself but had lost sight of their main target. It did rain during India's only "defeat", but India knew it was going to rain yet they picked three spinners and decided to bat first.

World T20 history

After stunning everyone by winning the inaugural World T20 in 2007, India have fizzled out as a T20 team. In the three World T20s since the first, they have won just two matches after easy an passage into the second rounds. This time there is no easy passage with the first round set for all the action before the semi-finals.

Recent form

India have won three and lost two of their matches since the last World T20. Yuvraj Singh is their form batsman, the only Indian to have scored an international fifty in T20s since the last World T20. He also leads the wickets chart with seven.

Dhoni didn't bat in India's first warm-up game because of a hand niggle. However, he did keep wicket so it doesn't sound like a serious injury.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | March 20, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Rohit is really the only weak link in the line up. Raina thrives in sub-continental conditions and T20 is his format of choice. Yuvi is just too explosive to drop and there really is no one to replace him. Dhawan is fine at the top. Dhoni and Kohli are irreplaceable right now. That leaves Rohit. He is not a good opener, especially in T20s where you need to get going fast. He's done well in the IPL mostly in the middle order, But India's middle order looks strong as it is. Thus, the logical choice would be to drop him and bring Rahane in. He has done well as an opener in T20s and can hold up one end. As for the bowlers, Jadeja and Ashwin are fine and they also extend the batting a bit. Mishra might be tried as he is a wicket taking bowler and the three-spinner strategy could work well on the slow pitches.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 22, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    This shows how talented dhawan is! he sweeped 3 boundaries off Ajmal. He will do well against the likes of santokie narine badree rampaul sammy bravo etc.

  • POSTED BY BrainsRam on | March 21, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Either drop Rohit and bring Rahane in to open or if Dhoni insists on keeping Rohit Sharma in the playing 11, keep him in the middle order and you can ask Ashwin to open.

    Ashwin cannot do any worse than Rohit as an opener. Even in ODIs and Test Cricket, Ashwin has a better strike rate and has decent technique for an opener having donned the role in first class matches.

    this is the googly Dhoni should bowl if he is adamant on retaining Rohit Sharma.

    My playing eleven would be :

    Ashwin, Dhawan, Kohli, Yuvraj, Rohit/Rahane, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Binny, Mohd. Shami, Varun Aaron

    How many of you will agree with this batting line-up? Typically, a left hand batsman is sandwiched between 2 right handers - it is the same the other way as well. It may sound different opening with Ashwin - but you never know.

  • POSTED BY betubond on | March 21, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    since my childhood i am pasionating about cricket.i am very luck i saw sachin ,wasim,shoiab ,rahul,kumble,afridi,dhoni,virat,misbah,on field.all players gave us ASTONING moment of cricket.and life,,,Miadad's Six,Prasad's wicket,Sachin's google;India's wt20 trimuph'afridi's knock Sachin shoib moment,,,i want this love and knock jhok in indian pakistani people as well

  • POSTED BY chandra.ganji on | March 21, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Rahane,Dawan,Kohli,Raina,Rohit,Yuvi,Dhoni,Jadeja,Ashwin,Shami,Bhuvi would be my winning team for today's game.

  • POSTED BY SaudFaruqi on | March 21, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    India is pretty thin when it comes to death bowling but have an outstanding all rounder in Jadeja (bat, bowl, field). Their morale will be a bit down after Afridi's heroics in the Asia cup. Afridi factor should be best utilized by Pakistan by sending him to bat in the 12-13th over (should a wicket fall during that phase of the innings).

  • POSTED BY realfan on | March 21, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    guys ignore this " Albert campbell " guy or whoever he is.... he is just another jealousy creature from our one of 3 neighbours imposting himself as someone from overseas.... he has been like this since ages... and many are there like him... you can see some more of these type in IND-lanka matches... just enjoy his humour.... :P

  • POSTED BY Siddiee on | March 21, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    Cricket is no NBA, franchise cricket pays you well but the spirit to compete is at its best while playing for National Team and this is a World Cup.

    Good to see Raina back, he is very competitive when playing down the order and more so in these conditions.

    Rohit for all his talent has been given enough opportunities at various batting positions and I have not seen any other Indian Opener given so much levy to consume so many balls to settle in limited overs format.

    Yuvraj was good but now whenever he scores, one can see how edgy and uneasy he looks in the middle.

    Kohli and Dhoni are among the best in the limited overs format and will continue to be a threat. Dhawan is unpredictable and so is Jadeja. In a format like T-20 any one player can take away the match but only a consistent batting line up will take away the Cup.

  • POSTED BY YesSirYesSirThreebagsfull on | March 21, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    India is far too strong for any other teams in world right now. It is good India time and time lose in some series, or else rest of the world will get tired of getting thrashed each time. But recent series India took it lightly and relax and rest key players for more important future series. There is no challenge for Team India in this T20 Wc. Tournament is good for IPL teams to test each players current form and fine tune their squads for April.

  • POSTED BY myStraightTalk on | March 21, 2014, 0:06 GMT

    Dhoni and Fletcher will be sacked after the Indian election..finally Indian fan will have a say in electing Bcci members!

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | March 20, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Rohit is really the only weak link in the line up. Raina thrives in sub-continental conditions and T20 is his format of choice. Yuvi is just too explosive to drop and there really is no one to replace him. Dhawan is fine at the top. Dhoni and Kohli are irreplaceable right now. That leaves Rohit. He is not a good opener, especially in T20s where you need to get going fast. He's done well in the IPL mostly in the middle order, But India's middle order looks strong as it is. Thus, the logical choice would be to drop him and bring Rahane in. He has done well as an opener in T20s and can hold up one end. As for the bowlers, Jadeja and Ashwin are fine and they also extend the batting a bit. Mishra might be tried as he is a wicket taking bowler and the three-spinner strategy could work well on the slow pitches.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 22, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    This shows how talented dhawan is! he sweeped 3 boundaries off Ajmal. He will do well against the likes of santokie narine badree rampaul sammy bravo etc.

  • POSTED BY BrainsRam on | March 21, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Either drop Rohit and bring Rahane in to open or if Dhoni insists on keeping Rohit Sharma in the playing 11, keep him in the middle order and you can ask Ashwin to open.

    Ashwin cannot do any worse than Rohit as an opener. Even in ODIs and Test Cricket, Ashwin has a better strike rate and has decent technique for an opener having donned the role in first class matches.

    this is the googly Dhoni should bowl if he is adamant on retaining Rohit Sharma.

    My playing eleven would be :

    Ashwin, Dhawan, Kohli, Yuvraj, Rohit/Rahane, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Binny, Mohd. Shami, Varun Aaron

    How many of you will agree with this batting line-up? Typically, a left hand batsman is sandwiched between 2 right handers - it is the same the other way as well. It may sound different opening with Ashwin - but you never know.

  • POSTED BY betubond on | March 21, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    since my childhood i am pasionating about cricket.i am very luck i saw sachin ,wasim,shoiab ,rahul,kumble,afridi,dhoni,virat,misbah,on field.all players gave us ASTONING moment of cricket.and life,,,Miadad's Six,Prasad's wicket,Sachin's google;India's wt20 trimuph'afridi's knock Sachin shoib moment,,,i want this love and knock jhok in indian pakistani people as well

  • POSTED BY chandra.ganji on | March 21, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Rahane,Dawan,Kohli,Raina,Rohit,Yuvi,Dhoni,Jadeja,Ashwin,Shami,Bhuvi would be my winning team for today's game.

  • POSTED BY SaudFaruqi on | March 21, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    India is pretty thin when it comes to death bowling but have an outstanding all rounder in Jadeja (bat, bowl, field). Their morale will be a bit down after Afridi's heroics in the Asia cup. Afridi factor should be best utilized by Pakistan by sending him to bat in the 12-13th over (should a wicket fall during that phase of the innings).

  • POSTED BY realfan on | March 21, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    guys ignore this " Albert campbell " guy or whoever he is.... he is just another jealousy creature from our one of 3 neighbours imposting himself as someone from overseas.... he has been like this since ages... and many are there like him... you can see some more of these type in IND-lanka matches... just enjoy his humour.... :P

  • POSTED BY Siddiee on | March 21, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    Cricket is no NBA, franchise cricket pays you well but the spirit to compete is at its best while playing for National Team and this is a World Cup.

    Good to see Raina back, he is very competitive when playing down the order and more so in these conditions.

    Rohit for all his talent has been given enough opportunities at various batting positions and I have not seen any other Indian Opener given so much levy to consume so many balls to settle in limited overs format.

    Yuvraj was good but now whenever he scores, one can see how edgy and uneasy he looks in the middle.

    Kohli and Dhoni are among the best in the limited overs format and will continue to be a threat. Dhawan is unpredictable and so is Jadeja. In a format like T-20 any one player can take away the match but only a consistent batting line up will take away the Cup.

  • POSTED BY YesSirYesSirThreebagsfull on | March 21, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    India is far too strong for any other teams in world right now. It is good India time and time lose in some series, or else rest of the world will get tired of getting thrashed each time. But recent series India took it lightly and relax and rest key players for more important future series. There is no challenge for Team India in this T20 Wc. Tournament is good for IPL teams to test each players current form and fine tune their squads for April.

  • POSTED BY myStraightTalk on | March 21, 2014, 0:06 GMT

    Dhoni and Fletcher will be sacked after the Indian election..finally Indian fan will have a say in electing Bcci members!

  • POSTED BY blackswan571 on | March 20, 2014, 22:09 GMT

    Its team of 11 players selected from each country. and India has a population well about all other countries put to gether and still cant select a team to beat small countries like NEW ZEALAND.. so Indian fans watch the cricket with out bid talks.

  • POSTED BY Jaganplus on | March 20, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    Should India continue to open with Rohit Sharma?

    NO. In fact he should not be on the team. Next question.

  • POSTED BY tonystephen123 on | March 20, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    @SSNT20, you are absolutely correct. I have noticed this same pattern for I don't know for how long! Superb observation, especially about the dot balls, getting Dhawan out and then the rash shot. Kudos!!!

  • POSTED BY tonystephen123 on | March 20, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    Indian team, please remove Rohit Sharma from the opening batsman position and if possible from the team and replace with a good bowler like Amit Mishra. I am sure any bolwer who can replace Rohit will do better as an opener too with a better strike rate and will make two digit score. Indian fans are tired of seeing him play dot balls and getting out cheaply. The man cannot ball well, the only thing he is supposedly good for is batting which he fails consistently. He is just playing for his individual score every time, wasting too many balls not taking into account of what the team needs to win. Every time he walks out, commentators talk abt elegancy of batting. true some drives are elegant, but what good is that if he can't get a good score for the team in short time as any other opener wud do? I wud rather see some slogger make some runs without elegance than see him made the score crawling like this. can't even take singles, and good at running out partners!!

  • POSTED BY WeeBee on | March 20, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    Well! .. If Indian captain does not give any value to International T20 , then they should not be playing this format of the game, Rather they can give chance to other teams. For India IPL is more important because more commercial values are involved.

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    I'd go with Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Mishra, Shami and Aaron.. I would open with Ashwin and Shami.. Bring Aaron one change and so on.. Mishra can be used in the second half of the innings while Ashwin and Jadeja can restrict the runs.. Aaron, Mishra, Shami and Ashwin are wicket taking bowlers.. They need to be in the team instead of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.. We saw what real pace can do against subcontinent teams vs SL.. Play Aaron and drop Bhuvi..

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | March 20, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    This is a crucial opening match for India. A win will boost their Psychology sky high. So it is critical that Dhoni plans his strategy carefully & gets his team on the same page. The opening spot is the most important one & Rohit is dragging his heels playing too many dot balls. Rahane was not tested as Dhoni has conceded he is not an opener. Why is Rohit an opener? Dhawan has played as opener for ever as has Robin Uttappa- who is not in the squad. Openers Sanju Samson, Chand or Rahul are out. I said before & say it again try Ashwin who can hit the ball straight over the bowlers head & plays fast bowling well. In his case he is an opener converted to #8! Restore him back to his old post. If Dhawan & Ashwin can give India a flying start @>7 runs/over, India has Kohli, Raina, Dhoni to finish the 20 overs in great style with 200+ total. Then let the spinners do their tricks to get opposition out cheaply. Dhoni & Fletcher, it is time to act. Indian fans are tired of seeing missed WINS!

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    @Albert_cambell on (March 20, 2014, 11:53 GMT)

    Your "knowledge" about the Indian players is "amazing", I can say that with my tongue firmly in my cheek !

    By the way, which country you are from? Your "filtered knowledge" sounds like that of a neighbour; but your name indicates otherwise. Just curious. Not that I care too much.

  • POSTED BY santhoo24 on | March 20, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    @SSNT20, lol, that was hilarious. "post match: Dhoni Baba ka gyan" made my day. On a serious note, don't write our team or any player off. Remember everyone wanted to boot Sir Jadeja out of the team. He is the integral part of team India now.

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | March 20, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    @Albert Campbell, going by the posts you make, you seem to follow the Indian team quite a lot. Got irritated with the world beaters in YOUR team? Oops, sorry, none there. Really sorry if I made you feel bad.

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    go with the same team for the first match.i think the openers will perform in the main event.if not rahane should be preferred or open with ashwin and rohit have to bat down the order.i am really like to see dhawan in the batting order,also want to see rohit and rahane in the fielding....so it would be a tough decision for dhoni to make.

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086 on | March 20, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    @SLisBestinEarth...Mendis...our 11th player, Shami hit 2 huge sixes to him....here im taliking only about bowlers of your team....because you mantioned only about bowlers and their so called skills...Dont forget dear Malinga took 4 wickets in practice match, which is of no use.....he is yet to taste success against INDIA...i understand your frustration about Malinga's continuous failures against India...INDIA successively produced talents such as Kohli, Dhoni, Yuvi, Raina and still producing many more because of good infrastructure and better administration....whereas your team is still revolving around only 3 players (with due respect) who are all 32+ age....and your team hasnt win single test against India since from 15 years....im having very curiosity about your teams performance after those three players retirement

  • POSTED BY Mi_Punekar on | March 20, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    My Team: 1 Dhavan 2 Rahane 3 Kohali 4 Yuvaraj 5 Binny 6 Raina 7 Dhoni 8 Jadeja 9 Mishra 10 Shami 11 Bhuvaneshwar Kumar

  • POSTED BY snaidu2010 on | March 20, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    @ Albert_Cambell...wow... so much hate for the Indian Team. Not sure why? Did Dhoni come out and say that India is the best team in the world or did he say that all his batsmen are the best, then why so much hate and calling them flat track bullies. Most of batsmen have done well outside the country. Agreed the bowlers are not upto the mark, but even MSD has accepted that. I think its going to be a tight match against Pak. Their bowling attack has not been great recently also. So lets all calm down, stop bad mouthing India for all the problems in the cricket world and enjoy the match.

  • POSTED BY KaptainKool on | March 20, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    India should atleast change the opening combo if they don't have guts to drop rohit. Following should be the batting order for match against pak. If India bats first: Dhawan,Kohli,Raina,Rohit,Yuvraj,Dhoni,Jadeja,Ashwin,Binny,Bhuvaneshwar,Shami If India bats second: Dhawan,Kohli,Raina,Rohit,Yuvraj,Dhoni,Jadeja,Ashwin,Mishra,Bhuvaneshwar,Shami

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | March 20, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Form of the Indian opening batsmen, especially Rohit Sharma, is a huge ?!Why on earth did the Selectors fail to include the "Specialist" T20 opener -Uttappa- in the squad? He is the best short format opener in India for T20 + ODI's. This will haunt India. Rohit is slow & a converted opener which may be OK for ODI but not for T20 where every ball counts. I would rather have Ashwin opening the innings & send Rohit #6. Kohli, Raina & Dhoni should bat 3,4,5. Yuvraj as a pure batsman is not producing & Binny might be better @#7.Jadeja, Shami, Aaron/Kumar & Mishra will complete the XI. I have a feeling that Mishra may be dropped to include both Yuvraj & Binny/Rahane in XI. Personally a quicker leg spinner like Karan Sharma with low trajectory would have been more effective in T20 than Chawla. On his day Karan is a match winner. India had much better chance with Karan & uttappa in XI than with the present team. But even if the present side plays to its potential, they can WIN ! Good Luck Guys

  • POSTED BY HarrowXI on | March 20, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    India should easily win this. I would change batting order slightly to take advantage of power play.

    1)R Ashwin 2) S Dhawan 3) Kohli 4) Rohit 5)Yuvraj 6)Raina 7)Dhoni 8)Jadeja 9)Bhuvi 10) Shami 11) Mohit sharma.

    Ashwin will be opening to slog and Jadeja can be sent No 4 or No 3 depending upon match situation. We need to make lots of run in first 6 overs and last 9 overs. Kohli and Virat can take singles and rotate the strike between 7th overs to 12th overs. Hope Yuvi,Raina,Dhoni & Jadeja slog in last 8 overs to give bowlers a decent target to defend.

    Looking at India's fielding i hope they can help bowlers and defend the taget. Good luck team india. CHAK DE.....

  • POSTED BY venkyind on | March 20, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    rahane only against minmows yes dale steyn philander morkrl boult southee all minmows!!!!!!!!!!nice comment and also joke

  • POSTED BY FHZAHID on | March 20, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    I am from Pakistan but would like to write the facts. India's strength is batting. If they bat first and put a good total on the board, around 170-180, they can defend that total.

    MS Dhoni is the best match finisher in today's cricket - one can foresee India can win. However, the pool is very tough. West Indies is in form, Australia is on its best, Pakistan is highly unpredictable (a tough side to play with) and Bangladesh is coming up very strong.

    A good competition ahead to watch.

    My sympathy is however, with Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY BHAGWAN-XI on | March 20, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Last one year or more than our team played test, ODI or T20 in any where, and BCCI or selection team find that what team we have selected for all three format. Same captain, Same Bowlers, Same Batting lineup. When S.Dhawan, Buvi, Sami, R. Sharma do best in indian condition they are ok for all formats and after one year they are finished. Why ? Because in our team when a player doing good in any format we have very impressed and we have select him for all format and results not good for him or for team. Many example are there we can seen, Praveen kumar, Vinay kumar, RP singh, ishant Sharma, irfan pattan, and many more. In 2007 dhoni was the captain for T20 team and now 2014, Seven years he has continue for all three format to lead Indian team. But all other teams have diff captain and diff teams for all formats. So there is the reason for our team to lose all matches.

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | March 20, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    @SLisBestinEarth - India - flat track bullies then howcome they beat Sri Lanka in England twice & in WI twice..

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc-champions-trophy-2013/engine/match/634962.html

  • POSTED BY Maliduke on | March 20, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    Well all the top 6 Bats men has to at their best to score above par score against very good bowling line up in this group (line up taken place in 2nd warm up match). And most important of all is dhoni has to win atleast 4 out of 5 toss to negate the effect of the dew, which is crurcial to the end result. Dhoni has to gamble and pick 3 front line spinners + raina to control the game (as we all know he is grt captain for spinners). Shami and Bhuvi has to step up and pick some early wickets to make our spinner more good.

  • POSTED BY SLisBestinEarth on | March 20, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    @vkias

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc-world-twenty20-2012/engine/match/716537.html

    3 Days back Malinga has taken 4 wickets against you Flat Track bullies... Why don't you talk about our Mathews, Mendis, Mahela, Sanga....

    Flat track bullies will never reach Top four.

    SL,Aus && Pak,WI

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | March 20, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    If India play more T20 internationals....IPL will lose its charm & fans wont be thrilled about city city battles and would want more country v country games....so India dont play more T20Is

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | March 20, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    Lets summarize the Indian team for this world cup. 1.Shikar(FTB) 2.Rohit(IPL bully) 3. Kohli(Best batsman in the team and also the best fast bowler in the team!) 4. Yuvraj(Another FTB. On his way to make record for scoring most number of ducks) 5. Raina( Cant even play short balls in flat tracks) 6. Dhoni( Best finisher in the world,but only in subcontinent) 7. jadeja( Specialist fielder) 8.Ashwin(I am still waiting for him to turn the cricket ball) 9. Bhuveneshawar( Another praveen kumar in the making) 10. Shami(Best replacement for Ishant. Can win matches for the opponents on his own) 11.Ashwin( Another IPL bully) 12. Rahane(Only against minnows).

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    As a Pakistani, I do not really see Pakistan winning this game. WC History and SA game may also have a toll on the team. On the other hand, India will come to the field under far less psychological pressure. In India Pakistan game, there isn't anything like match practise or stats, its all about handling pressure and India have done better than Pakistan since long. Is this the time to change the tide? who knows.

  • POSTED BY AravindVatsal82 on | March 20, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    Rohit dismissals is agonizing,over ambitious & wasting wicket at crucial situation,open with 1.dhawan 2.ajinkya a proper cricketer can play quite innings & not @ 5 or 6 bcaus he is not known for big hitting & clear boundaries at ease,3.kholi cannot open which exposes no 3 the genuine sheet anchor role,never disturb the rhythem,he is playing his own...4.raina with present form,5.dhoni can promote early if off spinners are bowling,since pak has 2 off spinners,6.(3rd) jadeja,7.Binny a bowling allrounder give binny a shot,brings flexibility for both batting OR bowling(pace) if it fails, genuine spinners 8.ashwin adds value with batting 9.mishra as wicket taker,attacking bowler not easy to clear the ropes,with 2pacers 10.shami(looks like he has to lead the pace attack & spearhead even though with high econ & 11.sharma some fresh legs since kumar looks tired & out struggling to bowl on good length ball,aron needs some more time low in confidence,not right choice to test INDVSPAK high drama.

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    Regarding the quote "The IPL is high quality cricket so we don't need international experience", the criticism is quite ridiculous. What else do you want the captain to say .. we have not played many T20 internationals of late and are hence are out of the race in this WC ?

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    @Daison Garvasis. Can you name any batsman who always performing in every match ? Why you are pointing out Rohit only ? You are talking about Kohli. I agreed Kohli has great potential to hit centuries than any other. But it cant means that any player who is not hitting centuries is bad batsman. Just take 2014 ODI records of Both Kohli & Rohit. Since SA tour virat scores 31,0,103,78,7,14,23,103,48 & 5. Means in 2 hundreds, 1 fifty & one 40 plus. Come to Rohit. 19,14,3,20,40,79,4,21,13,54,19no. Means 2 fifties & one 40 plus. Whats wrong in this ? Last year alongwith Virat, Rohit also scored 1000 plus ODI runs. Plus chk overall record. Virat faces maximum balls in same ODI numbers cse Out of 110 ODIs, Rohit opened inning only 35 times. Rest all the times he came 5/6 position and got opportunity at avg 44 th over. In last 35 ODI innings as an opener Rohit is having batting avg near fifty. It is not worth to target single player in every defeat. Please give buck up to entire team India.

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    The difference of attitude & appetite was apparently clear in warm match against England where Kohli, Raina n Dhoni were putting a real fight with every ball.

    Today every match is played on many more dynamics and has completely changed the scenario. One has to be aggressive not just with game but in gesture, posture & facial expressions too. Rohit, Yuvraj, Aron & Bhuvi still needs to learn to win these battle fronts.

    Extremely tough road ahead for Indian Team to be in Top two to qualify for semifinal. With this attitude Australia, Pakistan, W Indies teams will prove to be tough nut to crack. Only way to do is to take a match at a time, better team composition rather than relying on individual brilliance.

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    Yes. India should coninue with Rohit & Dhavan. And I dont think Dhoni too will prefer any new combination in very important match against Pak. Forget about warm up matches. In last CT also Rohit & Shikhar didnt performed well, as we knows they both played mejor role in winning CT. Warm up matches are not that much important. And Dhoni knows Rohit is at higher confidence kevel against Pakistan as Rohit smashed brillient run a ball 54 runs just few days back against Pakistan in Asia Cup. Rohit hit all the top Pak bowlers. Rohit also has trmendous ability to hit suxes against any attack in the world. Mirkel, Johnsonh, Makkay, Falkner, Gul, Sauthy, Junaud..... All top bowlers are in the list to whoem Rohit hit sixes at his will. I am sure Rohit will spark when the main tournament starts alongwith Dhavan. No point in putting Rahane in pressure. Though he too made fifty against Afganistan, he is not in great T20 touch. Plus also he is not having that much ability to hit sixes. ATB India.

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086 on | March 20, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    @SLisBestinEarth.... all these accuracy of Malinga got hammered by Indian batsmen especially Kohli, Dhoni...who forgets the match in which India chased 320 runs in less than 35 overs, and Malinga beaten all around the park....can you imagine him conceding 96 runs in just 7.2 overs against any other countries except India....and that too fast bowling friendly pitches of Australia.....can you show me when he took 5 wickets, leave it at least 4 wickets without conceding more than 40 runs against India...he might have succeeded against all other countries, but when he plays against India, he will be normal club level bowler..same applies to your all other bowlers and their skills....this same lakmal cant defend 14 runs in last over against India (dhoni) in fast bowling conditions of WI..can you say anything else about your bowlers?

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086 on | March 20, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    If INDIA wins this world cup....it will become the current holder of all the major ICC events....no other team achieved this feat so far....India always has psychological edge over Pak when it playing in worldcups....moreover, when it comes to ICC events, India plays at its full potential....so India's winning moment will start from tomorrow...

  • POSTED BY ABHICA on | March 20, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    if its at all necessory to keep Rohit in, kohli may be asked to Open in T20,will do much better than Rohit, who can be shifted in middle order..

  • POSTED BY DaisonGarvasis on | March 20, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    As soon as Rohit Sharma hit couple of big scores the mumbai lobby bandwagon started stating "Rohit is taking the baton from Sachin". Well, guess Rohit took the baton from the Sachin of the last part of the long career - definetly not the flamboyant Masterblaster. And Rohit has decided to literally follow the Sachin at retirement years. Well, got news for you Rohit - Sachin could fail a few games because overwhelming successful career was there prior to the failures. In your case, you have choosen only the "overwhelming failures", nothing to show in terms of success. And yet they call him Sachin's successor (While Kohli the real successor of Sachin is piling on runs and hundreds)

  • POSTED BY SSNT20 on | March 20, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    Playing Style of Rohit Sharma: Play three dot balls in every over until Dhawan gets out. Once his partner get out start hitting decent balls and create a picture of jeopardy for the team. Look at the crease now and then and create an impression that something is wrong in the pitch. With declined run rate, post pressure on middle order and get out in most stupidest fashion. Dhoni tries to whack the ball and reach moderate total and our extremely talented bowlers drag to pull the game and eventually take loss. Post match: Dhoni Baba ka gyan..

  • POSTED BY KRISHNA7STAR on | March 20, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    My X1 will be Dhawan,Rahane,Kohli,Raina,Rohit,Yuvraj,Dhoni,Jadeja,Ashwin,Shami, B.Kumar Best of luck India team.

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086 on | March 20, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    If INDIA wins this world cup....it will become the current holder of all the major ICC events....no other team achieved this feat so far....India always has psychological edge over Pak when it playing in worldcups....moreover, when it comes to ICC events, India plays at its full potential....so India's winning moment will start from tomorrow...

  • POSTED BY Anant1981 on | March 20, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    Dhawan,Kohli,,Raina,Yuvraj,Dhoni,Jadeja,Ashwin,Shami,Mishra,Bhuvi & Binny ask kohli to open the batting include binny in rohit's place to add some depth in bowling dept. raina can bat at 3 followed by yuvi n dhoni my 12th man would be rohit sharma how can be included at no. 5/6 ahead of dhoni in place of amit mishra....

  • POSTED BY SLisBestinEarth on | March 20, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    Indian's can win T20 cup only in paper. PoorIndian Fast bowlers; learn Lakmal Yorkers, Perara Slowers & Malinga accuracy, Mendis cunning, Mathews Length/Line.

    Only Lanka with Sanga,Jaya,Mathews,Mendis,Malinga ,Perara's can take T20.. No stop on that...

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    India's batting order should be : 1) Dhawan 2) Kohli 3) Raina 4) Yuvi 5) Rohit 6) Dhoni 7)Jadeja 8) Ashwin 9) Mishra 10) Bhuvi 11) Shami

  • POSTED BY mainul079080 on | March 20, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    I am not an Indain fan. Buut i wanna advise them the seccret of winning against Pakistan as i am following them for decades. Just attack their bowlers from the word go, not bothering about 1/2 early wickets loss. Then u shall discover with pleasure that how Pak bowlers crumble severely under pressure.Pakistan team's main problem is their psychological vulnerability.I case of their batting, same method applies.Just try to bowl dot balls.Not bother about taking wickets. They will then gift u their wickets.Just mind my words every team. U can win against them.

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    Like India, the author is also always in denial. You cant predict anything in T20.

  • POSTED BY DaisonGarvasis on | March 20, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Waterver happens, seeing what he did in the practice game against England VARUN AARON shound not be anywhere near the playing 11. He screwed Amit Mishra dropping two catches off his bowling, slipped and fell on his bottom while fielding, almost caused an overthrow of his own bowling, he should not be in the team

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 20, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    @Herath_uk, agreed that the Indian team management, and some of us fans, have been in occasional denial. But one cannot deny that India were the most consistent team in the CT. I also think it is somewhat silly to suggest their WC 2011 win was all a fluke. When making comments on this forum it is important to keep things in perspective.

  • POSTED BY arup_g on | March 20, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    India may surprise a few, just like they did at the Champions trophy, however in Bangladesh the condiitons will be totally in their favour so they have no excuse whatsoever.

    The biggest worry at the moment is the form of Rohit and Dhawan. Neither are playing well, but if they get India off to flying starts, then India can regularly post 180+ scores with the fire power later.

    Also a massive worry is the fast bowling department. Bhuvi looks like he has forgotten how to take wickets, and while Shami is effective, he is way too expensive at times. Too much depends on Ashwin and Jadeja, but even Ashwin has lost his wicket taking ability these days.

    India will need to put in good all round performances and not rely on Kohli and Dhoni (bat) and Jadeja (ball) to keep bailing them out. Take a leaf from the Champions trophy victory boys!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 20, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    My X1 will be Dhawan,Rahane,Kohli,Raina,Yuvraj,Dhoni,Binny,Jadeja,Ashwin,Shami,Mohit or pandey.dont need rohit at all.Best of luck team India.

  • POSTED BY DaisonGarvasis on | March 20, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Rohit Sharma??? How dare anybody question his place? His stanadard operating procedure is hit a 50plus score once in 15 or 20 games and that earns his "promising talent" place in the team for next 15-20 games. That is 15-20 games in each format after a 50plus score in any format. He will remain a promise and never will fullfill.Any other player fail for 3-4 games his time in the team can be questioned. But nobody should question "talented promose" of Rohit Sharma.

  • POSTED BY ViratDevilliersFan on | March 20, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    from the last two matches am observing the attitude of different players.specially of rohit sharma...really man this lad has no willness to play for the country...dear rohit why dont u look at virat,the passionate man of india who gives his best to every game.. this all happens when u dnt more matches together. another thing i feel rohit is forced to open the innings where he is a specillist middle order man for mumbai indians....drop rohit and bring in robin uthhapa..problem solved...cheers

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    According to me India will beat pakistan tomorrow and will win finals

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    India's current overseas record worries me a bit. But thank god you don't need to cross the seas to play at Bangladesh... That leaves me with one worry only, namely ROHIT SHARMA.

  • POSTED BY gannyboy on | March 20, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    The main problem with India is the team selection. Currently cricket is in such a stage that every format requires certain specialists which the Indian teams seems to lack. In T-20 you need to gamble big and go for all the match winners. Someone like a Robin Uttapa. Dinesh Karthik, Yusuf Pathan and even Sehwag for that instance should be in the team all the time. These players are impact players and would always keep the opposition in an unsure position. It is also sad to see selectors not seeing the IPL record before selecting the squad. Guys like Rajat Bhatia, L Balaji, J Unadkat have been excellent with the ball and are much more economical than the bowler currently selected.

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    only chance for opposition teams to beat india is to keep rohit sharma notout till end

  • POSTED BY true_point on | March 20, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    T20 games are a gamble. However good a team may look on paper, it is the consistent performance on that day that will get you a win. So it is the match day those 40 overs determine, who wins or looses. Just one ball can be the difference. Very cruel. Now during the inaugural world cup T20, Dhoni was fresh and captained brilliantly. Asking two part-time bowlers like Shewag and Uthappa to bowl at the stumps with Bajji was sensational and very risky when compared to his counterpart asking Afridi, Gul and another regular bowler to attack the stumps during the super over. Same in the final, field placement of Sreesanth was uncanny and asking Joginder to bowl his dibbly dobbs in the last over of the final was a master stroke. But now he has become jaded and predictable. Team selection has been unimaginative. During the practice games, it beats me why Mohit Sharma, Yuvraj and Binny were not used to see how they fare. Same why Rahane was not asked to open. Looks like he has a set way.

  • POSTED BY cvenka on | March 20, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    @diehard... u r a pessimist.U will hold india high when winning & throw them if they lose.Is it judgement?. Yes india are not that much winning nowadays. the difference was a matter of few runs or few wickets or few balls. all the matches lost by india recently were close ones. not comprehensive in nature to make us start worrying. It happens to all teams. till recentlyt aussies were down & out. Then one jhonson started with bounce & pace & everyone including u say aussies are the best team! u think a team can become best or worst in a few month's time & that too due to an individual? where is teamwork? To become best or worst is a time bound process. my guessing based on my intuition is the following will be the semifinal & final placement.

    india vs sa, australia vs sl india vs sl INDIA.......winner

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    India should play t20 internationals more. after winning the 1st t20wc, never went to semi finals. and all that happened after the inclusion of IPL. Some how IPL form/performances were not carried to the wct20s.

    However they looked good so far in warm ups. Raina and Yuvraj were not in asia cup but they look in good shape so that will be a big boost. Dhoni also looks in good touch. With Kohli the ever performing man they have really good chance this time.

  • POSTED BY kunalshetty on | March 20, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    Love the fact that every one is down playing Team India, going by past history they will be play with least expectations and can spring a pleasant surprise or two. Spind friendly pitches , no swing to quickies I see India making it to Semi's as even Raina troubled batsmen in the Warm ups. Anything after Semi's is just toss of the coin.

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    India can chase down any target by virtue of their batting. However when defending a target we face serious problems. Ashwin and Jadega controls middle overs well, but the absence of a good death bowler (seamer) can cost us matches. This has been the situation for India in the previous recent outings. Hence I feel, we should play to our strengths; bring in Amit Mishra also as the third specialist spinner. We can then control the 12 overs effectively. Shami and Mohit Sharma should be the 2 seamers. In case they go for plenty, we have more than handy service of Yuvi and Raina. On the batting department we don't have any woes. We can win this tournament, if we play the right combination.

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    If India have any chance of progressing to the Semis of T20 WC their seemers need to do well.Its even hard for the team selection among 4 bowlers(Aaron,bhuvi,mohit,shami) because all of them are capable of leaking runs in plenty.If the seamers do well, then only india have a chance of progressing

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | March 20, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Hi Sidarth, you hit the right spot when saying 'the weakness' is DENIAL.That's what the Indians including some fans have as their main weakness. Denial of poor form of their team.Also you say quite rightly 'somehow against all the odds & suggestions of form india managed to win the champions trophy'.That's how it works for them & the win in 2011 WC & probably will do this time too. How come is another matter altogether, your guess as good as mine!

  • POSTED BY rohanblue on | March 20, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    it will be a big surprise if India reaches semis this year.....

  • POSTED BY Indian_Kari_Pakku on | March 20, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Its highly unlikely India would proceed to semi-finals. They will definitely lose against Australia, West Indies and Pakistan. The only chance they have is win against Bangladesh (Which also a very tough task).

    Australia, West Indies, New Zealand and Pakistan are the best T-20 teams right now. Next Sri Lanka and South Africa. After that India, Bangladesh, Ireland and England same category. Its pathetic that the great Indian team has became minnows now.

    I would predict Australia will win the tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    @usman aziz you are forgetting that in ipl there is only few indian capped player bt here all are international players not like ipl in which without overseas player there isn't much...so yeah ipl isn't any less from international experience

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    India is having better chance of making to final. Hence Kohli and Raina looking in great touch in the middle. And Ashwin and Jadega getting use of the conditions very well. Only thing India must need is that their openers have to make some big hitting inside the power play they have to bat as far as the first 10 overs.

    As dhoni rightly said IPL experience will help the team with similar kind of conditions in bangladesh. Current Indian Squad has played many IPL matches. So watch out India's course towards the tournament

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    Every player playes at different spots in the IPL so the IPL theory is not going to work. India should have had a team T20 tournament prior to the WC to test out their combination. I think Rohit in T20 is not a great starter. he is too slow and with Dhawan in a 50-50 form i would rather promote Virat to open. backed up by Raina, Rohit, Yuvraj and dhoni. The major decision lies in the bowling line. looking at the warm ups seems like bhuvi might lose his place to Aaron. although Aaron's fielding in the last warm up game was much below par. Looking at spin being India's strong point. I would rather go in with 3 front line spinners with jadeja, Ashwin and mishra. Jadeja and ashwin are more than handy with the bat. It could be a call off between binny and mishra with raina being a good spin option along with yuvi and rohit as additional backups. If india is looking for a finisher then binny might get a game but going in with just 2 main seamers seems to be the right choice for India.

  • POSTED BY prady5688 on | March 20, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    India definitely needs a good Bowling coach and Indian Batting coach. Sourav ganguly will be a great choice.Our batsman are very talented .They just need a person to guide them.If we will see the dismissal of rohit ,raina ,shikhar in last few matches outside subcontinent we will find they have committed the same mistake for several times.Sami is the case with indian bowling. After consulting to Ganguly Raina looks quite nice with shortball. His feet is moving nicely.If Rohit will not perform in this t20 he is going to be dropped from the team and Uttahpa will be brought back for England tour.

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    Dhoni says,We do not need any preparation bcoz we play enough cricket in IPL But sorry to say that any IPL team is formed with international players.Now you have to play yourself without overseas player (Bravo,Russell,Holder,Hussy,Morkal,Bolinger) It is not an IPL match it is a World Cup Match.

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    Dhoni says,We do not need any preparation bcoz we play enough cricket in IPL But sorry to say that any IPL team is formed with international players.Now you have to play yourself without overseas player (Bravo,Russell,Holder,Hussy,Morkal,Bolinger) It is not an IPL match it is a World Cup Match.

  • POSTED BY prady5688 on | March 20, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    India definitely needs a good Bowling coach and Indian Batting coach. Sourav ganguly will be a great choice.Our batsman are very talented .They just need a person to guide them.If we will see the dismissal of rohit ,raina ,shikhar in last few matches outside subcontinent we will find they have committed the same mistake for several times.Sami is the case with indian bowling. After consulting to Ganguly Raina looks quite nice with shortball. His feet is moving nicely.If Rohit will not perform in this t20 he is going to be dropped from the team and Uttahpa will be brought back for England tour.

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    Every player playes at different spots in the IPL so the IPL theory is not going to work. India should have had a team T20 tournament prior to the WC to test out their combination. I think Rohit in T20 is not a great starter. he is too slow and with Dhawan in a 50-50 form i would rather promote Virat to open. backed up by Raina, Rohit, Yuvraj and dhoni. The major decision lies in the bowling line. looking at the warm ups seems like bhuvi might lose his place to Aaron. although Aaron's fielding in the last warm up game was much below par. Looking at spin being India's strong point. I would rather go in with 3 front line spinners with jadeja, Ashwin and mishra. Jadeja and ashwin are more than handy with the bat. It could be a call off between binny and mishra with raina being a good spin option along with yuvi and rohit as additional backups. If india is looking for a finisher then binny might get a game but going in with just 2 main seamers seems to be the right choice for India.

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    India is having better chance of making to final. Hence Kohli and Raina looking in great touch in the middle. And Ashwin and Jadega getting use of the conditions very well. Only thing India must need is that their openers have to make some big hitting inside the power play they have to bat as far as the first 10 overs.

    As dhoni rightly said IPL experience will help the team with similar kind of conditions in bangladesh. Current Indian Squad has played many IPL matches. So watch out India's course towards the tournament

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    @usman aziz you are forgetting that in ipl there is only few indian capped player bt here all are international players not like ipl in which without overseas player there isn't much...so yeah ipl isn't any less from international experience

  • POSTED BY Indian_Kari_Pakku on | March 20, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Its highly unlikely India would proceed to semi-finals. They will definitely lose against Australia, West Indies and Pakistan. The only chance they have is win against Bangladesh (Which also a very tough task).

    Australia, West Indies, New Zealand and Pakistan are the best T-20 teams right now. Next Sri Lanka and South Africa. After that India, Bangladesh, Ireland and England same category. Its pathetic that the great Indian team has became minnows now.

    I would predict Australia will win the tournament.

  • POSTED BY rohanblue on | March 20, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    it will be a big surprise if India reaches semis this year.....

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | March 20, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Hi Sidarth, you hit the right spot when saying 'the weakness' is DENIAL.That's what the Indians including some fans have as their main weakness. Denial of poor form of their team.Also you say quite rightly 'somehow against all the odds & suggestions of form india managed to win the champions trophy'.That's how it works for them & the win in 2011 WC & probably will do this time too. How come is another matter altogether, your guess as good as mine!

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    If India have any chance of progressing to the Semis of T20 WC their seemers need to do well.Its even hard for the team selection among 4 bowlers(Aaron,bhuvi,mohit,shami) because all of them are capable of leaking runs in plenty.If the seamers do well, then only india have a chance of progressing

  • POSTED BY on | March 20, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    India can chase down any target by virtue of their batting. However when defending a target we face serious problems. Ashwin and Jadega controls middle overs well, but the absence of a good death bowler (seamer) can cost us matches. This has been the situation for India in the previous recent outings. Hence I feel, we should play to our strengths; bring in Amit Mishra also as the third specialist spinner. We can then control the 12 overs effectively. Shami and Mohit Sharma should be the 2 seamers. In case they go for plenty, we have more than handy service of Yuvi and Raina. On the batting department we don't have any woes. We can win this tournament, if we play the right combination.