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Needless to say, based on the form of their players and also considering the home advantage, Men in Blue are favorites to win the tournament.

Compared to other teams, India have had some good practice in the shortest format of the game where the team won two back-to-back T20I series against Australia and Sri Lanka recently.

Since the beginning of the year, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli have been in sublime form and even though he has lacked consistency, Shikhar Dhawan is a major force on Asian pitches. Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni are all experienced campaigners in the middle-order.

Hardik Pandya has emerged out as one of the most talented players in Indian cricket lately and his all-round skills have been praised by several experts.

In the bowling department, India have two unique pacers in Ashish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah. While the former has years of experience under his belt, Bumrah's unorthodox action and ability to bowl pin-pint yorkers makes him a tough nut to crack.

R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja bowled several match-winning spells on Indian pitches last year and this duo is expected to play a decisive role for the team in the tournament.

ICC T20I ranking: 1

Coach: Ravi Shastri

India ICC World Twenty20 2016 squad: MS Dhoni (c & wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harbhajan Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Pawan Negi, Ashish Nehra, Hardik Pandya.

Players to watch out for: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja

ICC World Twenty20 2016 FIXTURES

India VS New Zealand
March 15 (Tuesday)
Match 13, D/N

India VS Pakistan
March 19 (Saturday)
Match 19, D/N

India VS Bangladesh
March 23 (Wednesday)
Match 25, D/N

India VS Australia
March 27 (Sunday)
Match 31, D/N

West Indies VS India
March 31 (Thursday)
Match 2nd Semi-Final, D/N

points table

4 3 1 0 6
4 3 1 0 6
4 2 2 0 4
4 1 3 0 2
4 1 3 0 2
4 4 0 0 8
4 3 1 0 6
4 2 2 0 4
4 1 3 0 2
4 0 4 0 0
1 Tamim Iqbal
6 Matches
295
Runs
2 Virat Kohli
5 Matches
273
Runs
3 Joe Root
6 Matches
249
Runs
1 Mohammad Nabi
7 Matches
12
Wickets
2 Rashid Khan
7 Matches
11
Wickets
3 Ish Sodhi
5 Matches
10
Wickets

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