India will start their WT20 2016 journey on Tuesday (15/03/2016) against New Zealand at Nagpur. India is currently in great form in T20I cricket as they recently won the Asia Cup just ahead of WT20 2016. India is on a 7 match unbeaten streak in T20I cricket. Though India has never won against New Zealand in T20I, they are still favourites according to the current form of the players.
Ahead of WT20 2016 opening match, the details of Indian squad are given below.
When it is about Indian cricket team, the first thing comes to mind is their batting. In any format, Indian cricket team mostly depends on their batting line-up for achieving success. Indian batting is always the biggest headache for any opponent team. Even the strongest bowling line-up fears Indian batsmen.
At present, Indian batsmen are in very good form. In addition, India has a deep batting line-up in their playing XI. But against the left-arm pacers, India’s batting has struggled. In the present New Zealand team, they have at least two left-arm pacers in their playing XI who can put Indian team in trouble during their opening game.
In the addition, Indian batsmen are also struggling against the off-spinners in recent time. However, the Indian batting performance against the off-spinners is also a thing to watch out for at this World T20.
Overall Ratings: 4.5/5
The Indian top-order batsmen are currently in outstanding form. Batsmen like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli can consistently play big innings in T20Is. The top-order can guide the Indian team towards a big total if batting first while they can also put good and positive start to the innings when batting second. However against the left-arm pacers, the story is different. Indian top-order batsmen especially struggle against the left-arm pacers. New Zealand has minimum 2 left-arm pacers always in their playing XI, so Indian top-order batsmen need to be careful at that position.
Despite few specific weaknesses in the middle-order batsmen, the batsmen are dangerous especially in T20I. Batsmen like Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni are big match winners in T20I cricket. At any position, they can take the leading role. However like the top-order batsmen, they have also a problem against the left-arm pacers.
As Indian top and middle order batsmen are in form, the lower-order batsmen are hardly getting chances to bat in T20I. In the presence of big hitting all-rounders like Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya, Indian lower-order batting looks handy. Also, Mohammad Shami can play big shots which is important for a lower-order batsman in T20I cricket. Ravichandran Ashwin can play a steady but as a big-hitter he is not cut out.
Bowling is a very important and unignorable part in any format of cricket. In the present time, Indian team is taking the bowling very seriously as the bowlers are also playing a crucial part in the winning of the matches. Indian pacers are in very good form as the spinners will be playing their part in the WT20 2016. However, Indian bowling still needs to improve in slog-overs.
Overall Ratings: 3/5
Indian pacers are currently in good form. India’s new young pacer Jasprit Bumrah is in outstanding form while Hardik Pandya is also showing his talent greatly on the pitch. Senior pacer Ashish Nehra is starting very well but failing to continue that. At present Indian pacers are slightly better in the slog-over but they still need to improve in that regard.
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is in very good form as most batsmen are struggling to face him on the pitch. Also, left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja and Yuvraj Singh plays a crucial role in the bowling. But India will be missing a leg-spinner in the tournament as current New Zealand team is struggling against them.
Fielding is a very important part of international cricket and when it comes T20I then it gets more importance. Each and every run is crucial in T20I cricket, so fielder needs to remain alert always during the fielding. Indian fielding is currently one of the best fielding sides in international cricket. The fielders like Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja etc. are one of best in the international cricket. Though the specialized bowlers are slower in the fielding side, but they are not as bad as their predecessors.