"Come an ICC event, that's Pakistan's opportunity to show the world what they are made of." -Photo by AFP

NEW DELHI: A talented Pakistan and a swashbuckling West Indies will pose the biggest threats to India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's dream of lifting his second Twenty20 World Cup title, according to former skipper Sourav Ganguly.

Under Dhoni, India won the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007 and lifted the 50-over World Cup on home soil last year.

Boasting a side packed with exciting stroke-makers, India will head to Sri Lanka for the September 18-October 7 tournament as one of the favourites. Ganguly talked up Pakistan's chances of claiming a second Twenty20 global title to add to their victory in the tournament three years ago.

“They have got bundles of talent. If they get going, they can be very dangerous,” he said.

Manjrekar reckoned Pakistan, who have not hosted international cricket since 2009 because of the volatile security situation at home, would give a good account of themselves in Sri Lanka.

“The thing with Pakistan is that because there is not enough cricket happening back home, they are not in the spotlight very often. Come an ICC event, that's Pakistan's opportunity to show the world what they are made of.

“They have always been the show-off of world cricket. Pakistanis have that thing about showing off their skills. Shoaib Akhtar, you know, wanted to show off his bowling.

“This is the time for them to get the attention of the cricket-loving public and they would want to seize it.”

Ganguly also remains wary of the West Indies' skills in the shortest form of the sport.

“They are a powerhouse,” Ganguly, who will be part of the commentary team in Sri Lanka, told reporters on Tuesday.

“Guys like Chris Gayle, (Kieran) Pollard, Dwayne Smith, Andre Russel, and they got (off-spinner) Sunil Narine. He can be a match-winner.

“They also have a good fast bowling attack with Fidel Edwards and Kemar Roach - all bowling at 90 miles an hour,” Ganguly added as former India player Sanjay Manjrekar, sitting next to him, nodded in approval.

“West Indies is a strong Twenty20 team because they have got the best four Twenty20 players in the world,” said Manjrekar, who played 37 tests and 74 one-day internationals from 1987-1996.

Both former players, however, still expect India to stave off every challenge and go on to win the title.

“India always have a great chance, especially in limited-overs cricket. They have got the players who can clear the boundary with ease and they will be playing in the sub-continent,” Ganguly enthused.

“The Indian team has got plenty of match winners... and if the pitch is conducive to spin, Dhoni is a master of using his slow bowlers,” Manjrekar added.

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Comments (12)

September 1, 2012 8:57 am
Oh ... finally u are able to accept the fact!!
John Rambo
August 28, 2012 6:35 pm
Pakistan was, is and will never be a threat to India in any big tournament like World-Cup. Pakistan never won any match against India in any major tournament.
August 31, 2012 1:54 am
Hail modern-day Nostradamus!
September 2, 2012 6:19 am
NO, only Australia best team in cricket & hockey. play cricket with planning
September 1, 2012 8:58 am
Once in blue moon buddy
August 29, 2012 11:11 am
With the best spin attack in the world at the moment Pakistan surely have their chances on SL soil but considering their frequent collapses in batting.... Pinning hope on them to make the Finals even will be hard to imagine
An Indian
August 29, 2012 4:49 pm
In view of the Pakistani team's dismal performances in the last 2 series against England and SriLanka and the current one being played with Australia, it is hard to imagine them being of any threat to India.
August 29, 2012 7:23 am
There is a huge difference between T20 and one day cricket. The main issue is, Our batting line is not up to the mark. The advantage, however is, We played SLPL Let us see what will happen...............
August 28, 2012 2:36 pm
May be. Who know what will happen in future. But at the moment Pakistan is 28/2 in 6.1 overs and doesn't look like any form or size of threat to Australia.
August 29, 2012 9:50 pm
2009 champions trophy
August 28, 2012 8:13 pm
India will be eliminated early and will fail to reach even the Semi-finals. In the Final match, Sri Lanka will defeat Pakistan in a thrilling encounter.
August 30, 2012 3:47 pm
Yes only India is the only team who knows how to play :)
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