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T20 World Cup: What could spoil India's bid for 2nd title?
The T20 World Cup has moved into the business end, as only top eight teams are left now in the competition. India has a decent chance of lifting the cup, but it has to overcome its various limitations or else, return home empty handed.

THE INDIAN team has always been one of the teams to watch out for whenever a major tournament is played. The team has reached the super eight category of the ongoing T20 World Cup and fans are expecting them to go all the way and come up with a repeat performance of 2007, when they won the tournament's inaugral edition.

But, they might have to play their best cricket in the shorter format, if they are to be crowned champions once again. There are some drawbacks in the Indian team, which could hit them hard.

Weak bowling line-up

The Indian team has one of the weakest bowling line-ups among the super eight teams. This could be a determining factor. In the past T20 matches, Indian bowlers have been thrashed all over the park. They lack quality bowlers in this format, where the requirements are different from a Test or an ODI match. India may start well with the new ball, but it is their depth bowling, which needs to be looked at – they lack variety. They suffer badly at the hands of the batsmen who try to take the cover of the ball in the final stages of the game. The Sri Lankan pitches have been assisting fast bowlers this season and India' best bet in the bowling department is Ashwin, a spinner. Zaheer khan is India's premier fast bowler, but is found wanting when bowling in this format to quality batsmen.

Dependence on Virat Kohli's exploits

The Indian team definitely has one of the best batting line-ups with the likes of Kohli, Yuvraj, Sehwag, Dhoni, Reina etc. just to name a few. Out of these players Kohli has been the stand out player for India in the past year. So, the team is highly dependent on Kohli. But what if he fails? Rest of the players have only been scoring in bits and pieces. Kohli has been the sole reason for most of India's victories. Other Indian batsmen also need to chip in. Rohit Sharma has been doing his bit and other players also need to pick their game a notch higher. It would be fatal, if Kohli loses his wicket and the rest of the players fall like nine pins. Kohli is the new Sachin of the current Indian team.

Opening slot – a problem

Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir have been India's openers in all formats of the game. But, they have failed to showcase their class in any of the recent matches. The recent T20 matches also have been a prime example of it. Both the players look out of form, still we do not have similar openers to replace them in the game. So it is assured, irrespective of the failure, the Indian team would go in with the same opening pair, who has brought laurels to the country many times. But on the positive front, if these players strike as a pair, it is only going to help India, as they can play aggressive cricket in the first six overs of the game. In the last match, Gambhir looked like getting back into good form, but he needs to continue with such form in the business end of the tournament as well.

Strong opponents

Now, there are no weak teams left in the competition with the minnows exiting the World Cup. It is time for the big teams of the world to clash and have a bite at the elusive trophy. The competition is only going to get better and stronger from here on with quality matches in the offing. Teams such as West Indies, Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have a great chance of winning the trophy, not to forget the chokers of world cricket, South Africa. Hence, If India is to win the title they have to beat teams like these who are more balanced than the Indian side. India's first hurdle would be progressing from the super eight stage to the semi finals of the championship. India is scheduled to play Australia, Pakistan and South Africa in the super eights.

The 2012 T20 World could be anyone's game. It is one of the most open championships ever, where there are no clear favourites. But, India needs to up its game, if they are to make any impression in the championship and walk way with the title. India needs to take care of its weak link and not be over confident on its strong points. It is not going to be a cakewalk for India, if they are looking to be the first team in the history of T20 world cup to win the title twice.

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