The left-hander makes it to the list because the Indians are short of an all rounder of pedigree. As all the three tournaments will be played in the subcontinent, the conditions suit him. Four good left-arm spin overs and some hits
per match, if he gets to bat, will be good.
One person who will be most watched in the time leading up to IPL 9, is the Indian ODI and T20 captain. He has won India many a match but lately has even lost some. But Dhoni has a knack of happy endings, remember 2013
Champions Trophy? Either result, the World T20 could be his final stint as Indian captain.
He might just have got his final lifeline. Yuvraj’s career is on a knife’s edge. If he fires, he can go on all the way to the 2019 World Cup but if he fails in the tough season ahead, we might have seen the last of the cancer survivor who is best remembered for those six sixes off Stuart broad in an over in the 2007 World T20.
India lack quality in the bowling department and R Ashwin may be their only world-class bowler. His four off-spin overs on turning pitches will be crucial, perhaps even more than what their batsmen would do. If he can do that and the carom ball gets going, it will be an Ashwin-win situation for the Indians.
He is one of the premier batsmen in the world and India’s best bet. Virat is a match winner in every condition, and against any opposition. While in ODIs and Tests he plays the role of the main batsman but in T20s, Kohli can take
it upon him to finish games too; that will be his priority.