World T20 Team Review: India

We look back on India's performances at the World T20, which ended in disappointment, but included a couple of marquee victories

World T20 Team Review: India
Virat Kohli celebrates one of his 50's (image via: AP)

It is now nine years since India have lifted the World T20 trophy after another attempt fell short. The inaugural winners were expected to take over the T20 format thanks to the IPL impact, but that has not been the case. 

The moment they were chosen as hosts for the 2016 tournament they were pretty much installed as favourites, yet they struggled to live up to that tag, and must now wait four more years for a chance at recapturing their crown. 


Opening their home tournament in Nagpur, India got off to the most embarrassing of starts losing by 47 runs to New Zealand. The high-powered batting lineup was dismissed for a paltry 79 by the New Zealand spin-trio of Nathan McCullum, Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner, with the packed crowd slipping out of the stadium as the wickets tumbled. 

India were now in do-or-die mode for the remainder of their Group 2 campaign, and were next facing mega-rivals Pakistan in Kolkata. The biggest group game for the Indian nation went perfectly to plan, and after restricting Pakistan to 118/5, an unbeaten half-century from Virat Kohli set India back-on-track in the race for the top two. 

Their third group game saw India snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against Bangladesh in Bengaluru, following an incredible. With Bangladesh chasing 147 for victory, they needed just two runs from the final three balls, only to contrive to lose three wickets on the bounce which culminated in a sensational run-out by skipper MS Dhoni, to speak scenes of delight from fans and players alike. 

The final group game was a winner-takes-all clash against Australia in Mohali, with the loser heading home, and the winner heading to the semi-final stage. After Australia had posted 160 from their 20 overs, India looked doomed until Dhoni joined Kohli at the crease, allowing the young star batsman to flourish and play the most memorable innings of the entire tournament. Kohli's 82 not out from 51 balls stunned the Aussies into subsmission, as he hit boundaries at will to lead India to a semi-final berth. 

Kohli was again the main-man in the semi in Mumbai, but unforuntately for India it came in a losing effort this time around. Batting first, Kohli made an unbeaten 89 from India's 20 over total of 192-2, only for the West Indies to chase down the target with two balls to spare thanks to 82* from Lendl Simmons and 43 not out from 20 by Andre Russell

Highs and lows

The final ball win over Bangladesh and victory over Pakistan were evetful, but the chase against Australia will live longest in the memory due to Kohli's brilliance, and the way he turned the game on its head.

As for the low's, the crowd pouring out of the stadium as the team subsided to New Zealand in the tournament opener was a bad way to start, but defeat in the semi-final was the worst moment, as the nation had to admit another fruitless tournament. 

Star man

Kohli, Kohli, Kohli. 

It's tough to even think of how would claim second for this accolade due to the way Virat Kohli took over this team with other's failing around him. 

His 273 runs in the competition at an average of 136.50 saw him claim the Player of the Tournament award, nearly single-handedly leading his side to the final. 

What next?

These players will now all head to their IPL franchises for the next month or so to take part in the most illustrious T20 competition on the planet.

With no international fixtures on the calendar for the next 10 months, there's no guessing the changes this side could face the next time they cross the white line together. 

In a sentence?

With the nation overlooking their every move, they started with a whimper before Kohli came into his own, coming within a couple of balls of guiding his side to the final.