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It would be miraculous if India retains T20 WC title: Shastri

cricket Updated: Jun 08, 2009 16:40 IST
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Former India skipper Ravi Shastri feels it would be nothing short of a miracle if India retains the ICC World Twenty20 Championship title given the fickle nature of cricket's shortest format.

"It would be miraculous if India indeed goes on to defend its crown," said the former all-rounder when asked about India's chances at the event.

Meanwhile, rival teams are busy planning a blueprint against defending champions India as critical Super Eight clashes of the ICC World Twenty20 loom later this week.

India has all but sailed through to the second round and in their three clashes, could meet Australia/West Indies (June 12), England (June 14) and South Africa (June 16) to go within two matches of defending their crown.

In a format as fickle as Twenty20, legendary Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar is inclined to term India as only "marginally favourites."

Dhoni, on his part, has only encouraged his rivals by putting all his cards on the table. Opposition could thus work on a few areas which could be India's Achilles' heels.