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India Twenty20 prospects

India factbox for the Twenty20 World Cup opening at Lord's in London on Friday:

cricket Updated: Jun 03, 2009 18:23 IST

India factbox for the Twenty20 World Cup opening at Lord's in London on Friday:

Strengths

Confident side under the assured leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The team are experienced and an average age of 25 means vastly improved fielding with the Indian Premier League (IPL) helping players to learn to keep their cool under pressure.

Weaknesses

Fatigue after a long season could have left the players jaded. Strike bowler Zaheer Khan is recovering from a shoulder injury while the subdued displays of openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir during the IPL are a concern.

Key Player

Yuvraj Singh is an explosive left-handed batsman who hit England paceman Stuart Broad for six sixes in one over during India's surprise triumph in the inaugural edition in South Africa two years ago. Now more mature and in excellent batting form, his slow left-arm spin and sharp fielding at point will boost the team.

ODDS 11/4

Squad

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Gautam Gambhir, Ravindra Jadeja, Praveen Kumar, Irfan Pathan, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Yusuf Pathan, Ishant Sharma, RP Singh.