T20 WC: India unstoppable if Sehwag fires: Ganguly

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Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 15:32 [IST]
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India favourites to win T20 WC: Ganguly

New Delhi, Aug 29: Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has tipped India as favourites to win ICC World T20 that is expected to start in September 2012.

Ganguly said that with key players in the team, India can never be ruled out as they have the potential to win the title again.

"When you have players like Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, M.S. Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh it is very difficult to count India out. There is a lot of firepower there," said Ganguly at a promotional event ahead of World T20.

Stressing on his point, Ganguly said Team India are favourites to win the Cup this year as they played well against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka which is also hosting the T20 World Cup.

He further said that no team can stop India if dashing opener Virender Sehwag strikes form.

"India have most things going in their favour. The tournament is happening in the sub-continent and they will be confident after their good show in the One-day series in Sri Lanka. Having said that, the tournament format is short and India are in a tough group," said Ganguly, adding that it will be difficult to stop India if Sehwag fires at the top.

While he also said West Indies is another team to look out for as they might be the dark horses. With T20 specialists in the team, they can be dangerous.

"The West Indies are a powerhouse. They are very dangerous in the shortest format with the presence of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Dwayne Smith and they have pacers who bowl at 150 kmph-plus. In addition, they have a very talented spinner in Sunil Narine.

South Africa have been playing some good cricket and can definitely challenge the top teams, while England will surely miss Kevin Pietersen when they defend their title this year.

"South Africa are also a good side and are rightly ranked the No.1 Test team. England have the advantage of having a world class spinner in Graeme Swann, though they are bound to miss Kevin Pietersen."

While former India cricketer turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar who was also present at the event echoed Ganguly's opinion, as he said West Indies have a balanced side.

"As Sourav said, the West Indies look a formidable unit. They have a good chance of winning the competition as it is a bit of a lottery. Considering the format, there are bound to be upsets and surprises," said Manjrekar talking of the tight scheduling of 27 matches involving 12 teams.


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