Twenty20 World cup preview: Group A

June 2, 2009 at 11:12 am Leave a comment


The holders will be confident of defending their title with the improvement of their players in the shortest format. Qualification from this group should be seen as a formality but will be weary of a Bangladesh side that caused a major upset in the world cup 2 years ago against the side who are notoriously slow starters to tours. The team has improved since the last T20 WC, honing their skills in the competitive IPL. Opener Sehwag and the explosive Yuvraj Singh epitomise the Indian batting line up, with a team packed with big hitters. Zaheer Khan is the focal of the Indian bowling line up, arguably the best death bowler in the competition. It is difficult to look past them at the moment and are rightly the favourites to defend their crown. However, their results in Twenty20 cricket after their triumph havent been good, with 4 defeats in 4 matches.

Key Player: Zaheer Khan. Accurate and consistent bowler. His death bowling is second to none, the leader of the Indian attack has enjoyed good times in England.

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


Progress in the competition last time has seen Bangladesh seeded ahead of West Indies and has boosted their chances of progress this year. They have selected a young team but one which boast players of experience at international level. There is still some concern about the discipline of the Bangladesh batsman but under coach Jamie Siddons they have made progress in their discipline. They possess some frustratingly talented stroke makers and big hitters. Opener Tamim Iqbal has continued his development since making his debut against India in the WC 07 and is a clean hitter of the ball. In Ashraful, Sakib and Mortaza they have good hitters of the ball but the inconsistency still plagues their chances. The bowling department is a weakness of Bangladesh and doesn’t look capable of holding back the best players. You wouldn’t be surprised if they were once agian the surprise package of the tournament, at the same time. you wouldn’t be surprised if they lost to Ireland.

Key player: Sakib Al Hasan. Has excelled as an allrounder in limited overs cricket. Strong offside player and capable of providing the fireworks. His bowling will also be an important asset for Bangladesh.

Squad: Mohammad Ashraful (capt), Mashrafe Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Junaid Siddique, Raqibul Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Naeem Islam, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Syed Rasel, Mohammad Mahmudullah, Rubel Hossain, Shamsur Rahman, Mohammad Mithun.


Could have been drawn in a difficult group but will be confident that they can challenge Bangladesh. That match is the one they are targeting for qualification. Many of their players play domestically in England so are comfortable in these conditions. The loss of the un-orthodox Eoin Morgan to England is a huge loss for Ireland and significantly weakens the batting line up. Pressure will be on Porterfield and the O’Brien brothers to provide the main stem of runs for the team. The bowling attack of Ireland looks unlikely to stop the big hitters from firing and that could be were the match is lost for them.

Key player: Kevin O’Brien. Big hitting all rounder has started to make an impression in county cricket and has since signed for Notts. Bowling has started to come on a bit but his batting will be key to chase down any huge targets.

Squad: William Porterfield (capt), Andre Botha, Jeremy Bray, Peter Connell, Alex Cusack, Trent Johnston, Kyle McCallan, John Mooney, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien (wk), Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Regan West, Andrew White, Gary Wilson.


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