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Mission 2020: India will look to bolster their squad ahead of the T20 World Cup 2020, Australia.

The Wanderers Stadium took centre stage as the arch-rivals faced each other in the first-ever WT20 finals. On an enchanting Monday, a supremely confident guy with the long tresses led India to their first-ever T20 World Cup triumph.

India’s dramatic show at the 2007 T20 World Cup also stimulated the concept of the shortest format and also was quite instrumental in the origin and evolution of the Indian Premier League (IPL). It’s been over 6,366,240 minutes since the Johannesburg spectacle, the blues will be eager to keep their hands on the coveted trophy yet again.

Virat Kohli is keen on doing well in the T20 World Cup 2020, Australia

Team India’s skipper has eyes set on the T20 World Cup 2020. The skipper has had an exceptional record in the Aussie land. He always loves challenges which are hurled at him especially when it comes to playing in Australia, his game tends to strengthen a bit more. India will bank on Kohli in the quest of winning the WT20 after a gap of 13 years.

“The T20 World Cup in 2020 will be a big focus for us, and it’s more important for us to use the next 12 months to place ourselves at the best possible position to compete for another major ICC trophy” Kohli added. The President of the BCCI, Sourav Ganguly also stated that India should win major ICC tournaments as they have all the arsenal and ammunition required at the highest level to compete with the best of teams.

The Numbers Game

Virat Kohli’s stats in the T20 World Cup has been exceptional. The Delhi-born batsman has been the highest run-getter for India in 2014 and 2016 editions of the ICC WT20. He has amassed 592 runs in just 11 matches combining the numbers of 2014 and the 2016 editions. He was instrumental in guiding India to the finals of the 2014 edition but fell short with the slightest of margins. He was adjudged the Man of the Tournament in 2014, where he compiled 319 runs from 6 matches at an average of 53.166. Team India’s skipper will look to maintain the same form going into the WT20 2020.

A blend of youth and experience: Mantra for the upcoming WT20?

India World T20 Kohli

Virat Kohli has repeatedly underlined the importance of young guns in the squad with the likes of Washington Sundar, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer and Rahul Chahar. India could well go with the exuberance of youth for the upcoming ICC tournaments.

The selectors will have their task cut out to zero-in on the final squad for the WT20 as there are plenty of resources within the squad, IPL 2020 will hold utmost importance in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup in determining the players who will make the cut for the 2020 WT20. Virat also emphasized the significance of batting depth in the shortest format. India’s fresh approach to the T20 format comes off from the learning of the previous ICC tournaments.

Utility players are a luxury for any captain as they can win you games from any three departments. Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja bring variety to the table particularly in the T20 format, they have the calibre of changing the game on the field, with the ball or with the bat which is an added benefit for any team. The Pandya brothers stints with the MI franchise has been superlative of late and the duo has orchestrated murders of the best bowling line-ups in the IPL. The experience which they’ve gained through the IPL will come in handy primarily in the high profile tournament like the WT20.

As far as the bowling department is concerned, India is well-equipped with the presence of the death-bowling specialists in Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. It remains to be seen if Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets the nod from the selectors over Mohammed Shami who has been in a prolific Bhuvneshwar across all the formats of late. India has always been a top-heavy side and the contribution of the big trio- Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will also determine how far the Men in Blue progress in the tournament.

The spin department might see Yuzvendra Chahal donning the role of a senior spinner. Wrist spinners are the most sought property for any team especially in the T20 format, they present the maximum probability of creating a chance and eventually getting the wickets even if they concede runs. With the amount of confidence Kohli has in the leg-spinner, Chahal might well get the nod for the big challenge Down Under.

India is one of the strong contenders for the title and it’ll be fascinating to see how they fare under pressure situations especially with the new core of the team.

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