Graeme Swann said spin will be king and India have a host of twirly men © Getty Images
Graeme Swann said spin will be king and India have a host of twirly men © Getty Images

Melbourne: Former England spinner Graeme Swann has tipped Australia as favourites to win the ICC World Twenty20 2016 but believes that hosts India are the team most likely to topple the Steve Smith-led side in the pinnacle tournament. In his column for a leading UK-based daily, Swann, who was part of England’s victorious campaign in 2010, said that India will have the benefit of knowing the grounds, having great spinners and conditions better than their opposition. He also identified India’s spin attack led by Ravichandran Ashwin and batting star Virat Kohli as their key men. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs New Zealand, ICC World T20 2016, Group 2 Match 13 at Nagpur

“Spin will be king and India have a host of twirly men – and none better than the mesmerising Ravichandran Ashwin, who can open the bowling or apply a squeeze in the middle overs. Harbhajan Singh – the Turbanator – is back as well,” Swann was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “Virat Kohli is the best-looking batsman in the world. Trust me, bowling to him in India is almost unfair on the bowlers. Kumar Sangakkara: Zaheer Khan, Graeme Swann challenged me the most

He has every shot, knows all the angles,” the 36-year-old added. Swann also praised India’s brilliant fielding on the edge of the 30-yard circle. India will kickstart their World T20 campaign tonight when they take on New Zealand in Nagpur. Swann is considered one of the finest off-break bowlers produced by England in the last two decades. He is regarded as one of the finest spinners of his generation by many cricketing legends including Kumar Sangakkara.