Just like every other team, India have got their own bit of problems going into the World T20 © AFP
Just like every other team, India have got their own bit of problems going into the World T20 © AFP

As the fever of ICC World T20 2016 has started, the teams have been putting in extra efforts to stay sharp before the commencement of the tournament. The pitches and grounds are being prepared with extra care considering the importance of the event. As the call of ‘play’ gets closer and closer, the fans can’t hide their excitement to watch the best players take guard and fight it out to guide their country to glory. Although, it will be very foolish to predict a side as an outright favourite, India are termed as the strongest team in the competition, considering the built of their squad and the home advantage. READ: ICC World T20 2016: Unpredictability rules out claims of ‘favourites’

When you talk about the current Indian Twenty20 International (T20I) side, it looks complete. From the openers, middle order to finishers, the batting is stocked with world class talent. As for bowlers, there is a perfect blend of youth and experience in both pace and spin department. If the Indian line-up is talked about, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are timing the ball better than they ever did, Yuvraj Singh has found his old ‘swagger’ back, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni are finishing off with boundaries and Hardik Pandya is contributing in all aspects as an all-rounder. In the bowling department, Ashish Nehra is rolling back the years, Jaspirt Bumrah is troubling the batsmen, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have not been conceding too many runs. With the home conditions and home crowd added to their advantage, India can be termed as a favourite for this edition of ICC World T20.

However, it is not as straightforward as it seems to look. Just like every other team, India have got their own bit of problems going into the World T20. While they have won the last nine out 10 games played, there are few vulnerable areas to keep in mind. READ: India’s poor T20I record at home could affect ICC World T20 2016 title bid

Shikhar Dhawan: While there is no denying the power and destruction Dhawan can cause, it is to note that he struggles to find a good form for over a period of games. His last nine innings have produced just 198 runs with mere three scores of over 30. His struggle against swing bowling has been evident in the recent matches against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and UAE. If India are to get off to good starts, they must hope Dhawan clicks.

Ravindra Jadeja: The Saurashtra- born Jadeja has been a vital cog in Indian cricket team since past two years. Having been selected in the side as an all-rounder, his role in T20Is has gradually changed to fourth bowler who can also bat. But even so, Jadeja’s tally of 24 wickets in 31 T20Is is not very inspiring. It is not possible for Ashwin to keep taking wickets regularly and not get support from his partner. If India are to restrict their opposition to low totals, it is important that Jadeja tries to take wickets as well from the other end, and not just try to focus on stopping the flow of runs.

Injuries: At the moment, the Indian side is very well settled with six batsmen, one all-rounder and four bowlers. Each individual knows his job in the side and it’s been working well for them. But an injury can change the whole complexion of the team. The current Indian side have been very stable. But considering that Dhoni has been affected by back spasm, the team cannot afford to lose him to injury, as it would mean a change in the batting setup .Despite Kohli leading India in the Tests, it will take time for the side to settle under his captaincy even in the shortest format of the game. So, it will not be a good idea to go into the World Cup with an all together a new skipper.

(R Narayan is a reporter with CricketCountry)