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Can India win 2014 ICC T20 World Cup?
India won the second match against West Indies in the ongoing T20 world cup at Bangladesh. The nation's hope for India's second T20 World Cup triumph has increased. Last time India had won the competition was in South Africa in 2007. Can India win this 2014 T20 World Cup? Let’s analyse.

The Indian batting line-up is the strongest in world cricket, when it comes to the flat sub-continental pitches. The Indian batsmen are one of the best players of the spin bowling. With the surfaces in Bangladesh with low bounce not providing much aid to fast bowlers, Indian batsmen can cop with their pace as well.

Rohit Sharma, Sikhar Dhawan appears to be back in form whereas Suresh Raina again proved his worth in this shorter format in sub-continental pitches. Virat Kohli is in the form of his life and appears to be a match winner always. Yuvraj although, bit nervous, but everyone knows calibre of this left handed batsman who can win a match single-handedly, if he gets back his form.

Dhoni is one of the most suited to this format with his intelligent batting exploits. Though, he has not got batting time at the crease, he can be trusted to the core, when Team India needs him the most. Thus the batting line-up is is the best in world cricket.

The Indian bowling department has always been weak, as compared to the batsmen. Hence, India faces a hard task while playing abroad, primarily. In the last Asia Cup too, India’s poor performance can be blamed due ot India's bowling failure. Can India win this ICC T20 World Cup too although the bowling department did very well in first two matches?

To answer this, let’s recall last Champion’s Trophy in England. India were the champions because of their bowling. Indian bowling transformed to a lethal one against everyone’s imagination. How did the mediocre looking bowling line up turn so lethal? Simple reason is that pitches in England started turning. In a turning track, Indian spinners are always a force to be reckoned with, irrespective of condition and geographical location.

Here in Bangladesh too, the ball is turning. Amit Mishra bagged back to back ‘Man of the match’ award just proves it. In turning tracks, all South Asian teams become Goliath. Thus one shouldn’t be surprised to see 3 - 4 teams from South Asia in the semifinal and two Asian teams in final.

One can safely assume that India can be a finalist. Can they win too? Well like India, Sri Lanka also posses a strong team under such condition. Thus Sri Lanka is also a very strong contender for the title, may be India's toughest competitor as well.

However, India can still win this tournament. It needs to strengthen its fielding department. It had fielded decently in last two matches, but still not at par compared to its performances during the Champions Trophy. India has already dropped a few catches and misfielded on numerous occasions. These can cost India the game against stronger teams such as Sri Lanka and Australia. India can clinch the title, but their fielding needs to improve.

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