Like any recent ICC events, India are again entering the World T20 as one of the favourites. They hoped to organize this tournament in India and despite this moving to UAE, India should be confident of a good show. Indian players are coming off good practice in the second leg of the IPL and also two wins in their two practice matches. The side seems like having plenty of options for the main event and choosing the best one would be the biggest challenge for them.
Suryakumar Yadav or Ishan Kishan? Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Mohammad Shami? Ravichandran Ashwin or Varun Chakravarthy? These are only few of the decisions India need to make during the tournament. They generally go for a horses for courses approach and do not shy away from making changes. They would just hope that they make the right decision on the day.
Otherwise, they have a very strong unit with world class players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah who can win any match for their team single-handedly. The role of Rahul would be interesting as he is expected to bat more freely in the Indian team set up compared to the anchor role, he opts for Punjab Kings. Virat Kohli has not touched the astronomical hights he reached during 2016-2018 in recent times, but an ICC event can be a perfect motivation for him to get back to form and dominate.
Identifying the best bowling attack could be a challenge for India. They have opted for many bowling options over the last two years. Some of them like Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Deepak Chahar played consistently for them but did not find a place in the final squad for the World T20. Whether seniors like Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar can perform consistently or not that could be a big deciding factor. One of India’s drawbacks has been sudden collapse against top-class pace bowling which they should be careful of.
The Indian selectors have given more importance to recent form and did not hesitate to include youngsters like Ishan Kishan and Varun Chakravarthy despite their lack of experience at international level. Obviously, all these players are regular in IPL and hence have experience of playing against world class players frequently.
For many, India are certain to progress to the top four. Pakistan and New Zealand are their biggest competitors and win against just one of them can guarantee them a place if they can comfortably beat Afghanistan, Scotland, and Namibia. But for their global fanbase, anything less than a dominating show will not be accepted.