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An experienced Indian team will look to put last year’s heartbreak behind them as they battle their way to T20 World Cup glory.

Captain: Rohit Sharma
Accessories: Ireland (June 5), Pakistan (June 9), United States (June 12), Canada (June 15)
Best result in T20 World Cup: Champions (2007)

India’s heartbreak over losing the 50-over Cricket World Cup final at home and the experience of a “balanced team” could inspire them to T20 World Cup glory in the United States and West Indies , according to Cheteshwar Pujara.

The 36-year-old, who has played 103 Tests and five one-day internationals for India, will have high hopes for the men in blue when they begin their campaign against Ireland on June 5.

“We (India) have enough balance in the team, but it won’t be easy because we will be playing in the United States and the West Indies where the pitches are slightly different,” Pujara told Al Jazeera in London.

“The pitches and their sizes are different from what we played in India, but I hope the boys are ready for that (challenge).”

Pujara believes India has plenty of experience in their ranks, with captain Rohit Sharma having played in all eight editions of the T20 World Cup so far.

“India has the right balance of experience and youth that is needed in the shortest format (of cricket).”

India stormed into last year’s 50-over World Cup final with 10 straight wins, only to suffer a shock defeat to Australia.

Their goal will be another final, but first will be the tournament’s main clash against neighbors Pakistan on June 9.

The Indian community on the east coast of North America will have two more opportunities to see their team when they also play against the United States and Canada.

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Pujara picks Suryakumar and Jaiswal to shine

Pujara, who has played the shorter version of the game with several Indian Premier League (IPL) teams till 2021, believes middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav will play a key role alongside upcoming star Yashasvi Jaiswal.

Jaiswal, 22, has emerged as an important member of the team and will open the batting for India with captain Rohit.

“Suryakumar plays a key role because he bats in the middle order,” Pujara said.

He warned India against complacency in the Caribbean, where the tournament will change completely after the group stage.

“The United States and the West Indies are venues where you need to be at the top of your game because the pitches change as the tournament progresses.”

Jasprit Bumrah will lead India’s pace bowling attack, while their spin options will be led by Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja, whose all-round skills make him stand out in Pujara.

“Players like Ravindra Jadeja are important because he is an all-rounder – you need spinners who can pick wickets and also bat a bit.”

‘One game at a time’

Pujara, a former Indian Test team prop, believes India’s backroom staff will have put together a “clear game plan and mindset” ahead of the T20 World Cup, especially as they will look to undo the pain of the six months since they lost the 50. -about the World Cup final.

“(The 50-over World Cup) will be an inspiration because there are a lot of positives that can be brought into the T20 World Cup as well,” he said.

India won the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup in 2007.

The right-handed batsman wants India to progress step by step until the final in Barbados on June 29.

“Every team wants to win the T20 World Cup, but the way to do it is to try to focus on one game at a time.”

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Three players to watch

Virat Kohli: The India talisman finished on top of the scoring charts in the recently concluded IPL. Kohli was the player of the tournament at the 2023 Cricket World Cup. At 35, the T20 World Cup could mark his last attempt to add another trophy to a brilliant career and Kohli is not one to waste too many opportunities.

Suryakumar Yadav: “Sky” Yadav captained India to victory against Australia in the T20 series late last year. The right-hander has notably scored four T20I centuries and boasts a strike rate of 171.

Jasprit Bumrah: Considered one of the best bowlers in the world, Bumrah averages 19 with the ball in T20 internationals with an economy of 6.55. The 30-year-old made international debut in 2016 and is now the bowler of choice when it comes to India’s attack.

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