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India and World T20 2010

Most of us would have our money on the Indian ODI team by now. But what about the T20 squad? After winning the T20 World Cup and beating Australia in Mumbai, the Indian T20 team seams to be out of pace..... They have lost to Australia down under and although they won the T20 international against Sri Lanka, we all know it was only the Pathan brothers who saved the team from a humiliating defeat. And losing the T20 series against New Zealand 2-0 goes to show that the Indian T20 team might just be out of contention for winning the World Cup this time.

But then look at the positive side, Indian T20 team has played maximum T20 cricket in the recent times. The discovery of fresh talents in the IPL has only strengthened the reserve bench. India has no shortage of Big Hitters and inning builders. Undoubtedly, India has serious advantages over other International T20 teams, at least theoretically.

Former West Indies captain Brian Lara lifted the ICC World Twenty20 trophy in Trinidad and then admitted it was tough to pick a victor of 21st June at Lord's. But if he had to choose a likely winner the batting legend said the finalists in the inaugural event in 2007, India and Pakistan, might be the ones to look out for because of their batting strength and an ability to innovate.

The former Indian captain Anil Kumble is quite sure that India will bring home the trophy again. The skipper said, "In my opinion India have the best balanced side. If they play to their potential they will lift the Cup again. It's a fantastic side and all the players in the team showed good form in the IPL. Playing at home England are strong while New Zealand and Australia also look good. It will be a most competitive tournament."

On the other hand, Pakistan's World Cup winning captain Imran Khan hates Twenty20 Cricket and believes that anyone can win the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup. "I don't watch Twenty20 cricket because it is just Toolah (chance) cricket. It is not about skills or talent. That is why I think any team can win the World Cup," Imran told reporters at the Karachi Press Club.

Imran, who heads his Tehreek-e-Insaaf party Pakistan said that India may have a role in the isolation of Pakistan in international cricket. That shows the Pakistanis will keep crying always. Why don't they realise their own mistakes.


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