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T20 World Cup, Group 2, Data check: From India to Pakistan, one key strength and weakness of teams

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We are locked and loaded for the Super 12 stages of the 2021 T20 World Cup after the four teams from Round 1 went through whirlwind journeys to make it to the next leg.

While a huge part of T20 is being adaptable to conditions and matchups, team construction largely revolves around innate strengths and weaknesses given the resource pool.

On that note, let us look at one key strength and shortcoming in each of the squads in the Super 12 group where Virat Kohli and Co feature. This article will focus on the automatically qualified Group 2 teams; the previews for Group 1 teams is here.

India

Strength: Defensive multi-phase bowling

Unlike most other teams, India have constructed a squad whose bowling attack will be highly dependent on spin. While Varun Chakaravarthy, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are not necessarily wicket takers, they will be used to restrict run flow in the middle overs. This will elicit more risk off Jasprit Bumrah and the other seamers, which will mutually benefit the attack.

Varun in particular could be used in any phase to employ defensive strategies with his fast, flat googlies extremely difficult to get away especially for left-handers. Jadeja, although less mysterious, can also bowl flat trajectories to restrict…

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