M.S.Dhoni and his confident team fly to England on Friday morning to take part in the tournament in which they are World Champion. India will start their 2020 world cup campaign with the game against Bangladesh on 6th of June and then they will take on Ireland in their last group stage encounter on June 10th.
Indian team has one week in their hand to get used to English condition. India will also play two warm-up games against two strong teams New Zealand and Pakistan. In the first warm-up game they will take on New Zealand on June 1st and then on 3rd of June a big clash between their arch-rivals Pakistan.
Most of the Indian players have full match practice of 2020 as they have already played recently concluded IPL T20 in South Africa and team is already treated as one of the firm favourites to win the second T20 world cup in a row.
Just before flying to England, Indian captain representing to press conference said his team has fire-power to retain the World T20 crown. Although his team is little tired after playing so much cricket in past six month but he also give assurance that this will not affect the performance of individuals in ICC World Twenty20.
Dhoni was also happy about some of his part time bowlers in recently concluded T20. Likes of Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh already taken hat-trick and they will come handy in Twenty20 World Cup. Suresh Raina, R.Jadeja and Yusuf Pathan can also bowl with good line and length as we have seen in IPL.
Dhoni said the team members would have to make best use of the days they have at their disposal after reaching England prior to India’s opening match. He also stated that every team got chance in such shorter version of the game.
Indian team management will be hoping that left arm pacer Zaheer Khan will be fit before their first game in world twenty20. He got injured while playing for Mumbai Indian in rich-cash IPL in South Africa.
Indian team after playing in both season of IPL has plenty twenty20 match experience under their belt and confident Indian team will go into the tournament as overwhelming favourite. They departed to England with hopes and aspirations of billions rooting for their success in England.
Here is the Indian Squad that flew to England to defend their World Twenty20 title:
India twenty20 World Cup Squad: MS Dhoni (Captain & Wicketkeeper), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, RP Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Harbhajan Singh.
Indian Team World Twenty20 Schedule
Warm-up Games Schedule
1st June – India Vs New Zealand (Warm-up game at Lord’s, London)
3rd June – India Vs Pakistan (Warm-up game at Kennington Oval, London)
World T20 Group Stage Match Schedule
6th June – India Vs Bangladesh (Group A World T20 Match at Trent Bridge)
10th June – India Vs Ireland (Group A World T20 Match at Trent Bridge)
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