India won the Asia Cup for a record sixth time © AFP
India won the Asia Cup for a record sixth time © AFP

The ICC Twenty20 (T20)World Cup kick starts today, which will see 10 different teams across the globe battling it out for the iconic title, off which only one will called as champion. The tournament is scheduled to be played in India and the home team has an upper hand feels Suraj Choudhari. As India has tasted success in this tournament before, in the inaugural edition (2007), feeling is evident that they will certainly repeat history and lift the trophy once again in their won den. Let’s focus on the strengths and weaknesses of the hosts and suggests possible changes that can be made to attain equilibrium in the line up. READ: ICC T20 World Cup 2016: Cricketing greats say India favourites to conquer tournament

A complete and balanced side along with some experienced, as well as young brains is mandatory for every champion team. Though there are exceptions to these but team India certainly seems to have found the right combination of players along with most of them being on song. The experienced players in MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina can prove to be crucial, whereas the young beaming talent of Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Pawan Negi will all be hungry for success and try to make an impact.

Batting at the top looks solid, with both openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan firing. Both the batsmen are adaptable and can alter their game easily in difficult situation. Rohit can take on the bowler from the outset while Dhawan can play the anchor role at a good striking rate.

Virat Kohli at No. 3 is like icing on the cake; his consistency has made him the pioneer of this format. His ability to keep the scoreboard ticking and shift gears in no time is what makes him the best. He can accelerate as well and also hold himself out in the middle as per the situation demands. READ: ICC T20 World Cup 2016 Points Table & Team Standings: Get Live Updates on T20 WC 2016 Groups & Team Standings

The middle-order too has some big names, with the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja. With the availability of two effective all-rounder’s in the line up and the final overs being strengthened gives Dhoni more options to play a specialist batsman in the playing XI.

Raina has been decent with the bat off late, and with the Yuvraj rediscovering his mojo with the bat it all deems well for India. MS Dhoni too didn’t have a great run in the recent times but his latest knock against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup 2016 final, silenced his harshest critics and gave a glimpse of fire power he still possesses. Pandya can hit the ball hard and has been India’s go-to bowler; his unorthodox hitting can get the side some runs in no time. Jadeja didn’t get enough time to showcase his batting skills as the top-order has been a consistent performer.

The bowling inspires confidence as with two pacers – Ashsish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah, having led the pace battery well, will once again look to replicate it in the World T20 tournament. Pandya has scalped wickets on a regular basis in crunch situations, which has been the key for India’s success.

India have primarily banked on their spinners and used them as their chief weapon to dismantle most of the teams at home. With the tournament being played in India, which is known to provide some help for the spinners, Ravichandran Ashwn and Ravindra Jadeja will be very difficult to get away with.  Meanwhile, Yuvraj and Raina can to step up and are much capable enough to snatch wickets. READ: ICC T20 World Cup 2016: Cricketing greats say India favourites to conquer tournament

Most importantly, India is no longer a bad fielding side. They have some fast and agile legs due to which India have managed to save quite a few runs in every outing. On the contrary, Dhoni’s captaincy will too play a decisive role in the tournament. Captaincy is one of the major challenges in this format as a skipper may run out of options quickly. Dhoni has been astute with his captaincy and has read the game well. He knows his resources accurately and has used them to their potential, his field placements and bowling changes have been innovative yet effective.

India are bolstering with confidence at the moment, with first whitewashing Australia in a T20I series. Later, they defeated Sri Lanka and continued their good form in the Asia Cup too. In fact, no team even came closer to victory while locking horns with India. On a whole, the home advantage and looking at the form India is in, they will surely indeed stake claim for title the second time around.

(Suraj Choudhari is a reporter with Criclife and CricketCountry. He is an avid follower of the game, and plays the sport at club level. He has a radical understanding about the subtle nuances and intricacies of cricket, and tries to express it through paper and pen.)