The sixth edition of the World Twenty20 tournament will be hosted by India and feature 10 teams in the main group stage, including qualifiers Afghanistan and Bangladesh. (Full Coverage|| Fixtures||Photos)
The five previous tournaments have been won by five different countries, with no team crowned champion on home soil.
Here’s a look at teams in the two groups. There are two big traditional derbies in Group 2, which features India and Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand.
Group opponents: Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh.
World T20 record: 2007-Champions, ’09-2nd Round, ’10-2nd Round, ’12-2nd Round, ’14-Finalists
Strength: Form, confidence and home advantage
Weakness: Pace bowling
Players to watch:
Virat Kohli — The dashing stroke-maker has the best average (72 from 11 innings) of any batsman who has played eight or more World T20 innings. He was the leading scorer in the 2014 edition, with 319 runs at an average of 106.33. He is in strong form, scoring at a rate of 86.8 in the last 16 T20 internationals.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni: The ever-cool India captain keeps his emotions in check regardless of whether his team is struggling or controlling a game. He can quickly switch game plans according to the match situations and usually reacts with bowling or batting changes in time to counter the plans of an opposition. He can bat anywhere in the order.