Exciting to have ICC World T20 2016 in India: Raina
Support players get will be unmatched, it's definitely something they won't forget, says Manoj Tiwary
27 February 2016 16:39
Suresh Raina, part of the champion Indian side in ICC World Cup 2011, was excited to play at home.
“Cricket is massive in India,” said Manoj Tiwary, who spoke at the ICC World Twenty20 Host City Tour which visited Kolkata yesterday. “We have seen that when matches are played in the subcontinent, especially in India, large crowds always come. They are so passionate about cricket, and they just want to support the best teams.
"For the players it's definitely something they won't forget for their whole life because the amount of support and cheer they get in India is something that will stay with them forever."
Suresh Raina, part of the champion Indian side in ICC World Cup 2011, was excited to play at home and represent his country in front of the home fans at an ICC event. “I think it's very exciting that we're playing the ICC World T20 in India for the first time. More than me, my family is excited. The boys on the team have the blessing of our families and fans and the whole country. We've played so many IPL matches and Test matches in India, but the excitement of the T20 World Cup will be unmatched,” he said.
Tiwary felt MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh would be the standouts for the Indian team. “We all know how Yuvraj performs when ICC tournaments start, so he is definitely one player to watch out for.”
Ab de Villiers, Mr 360, was also someone Tiwary thought would be a key to his team's success. "He is not new to Indian conditions. He has the experience of playing in the IPL so he is very much accustomed to the conditions out here and that's why he is one of the biggest threats," he said.
Tiwary said his fondest memory of the tournament was watching the West Indies celebrate its victory in Sri Lanka in 2012 with a team dance, while for Raina, it was Yuvraj's six sixes in a Stuart Broad over and the team's victory in the maiden event.
The ICC Women's World T20 2016 will be held alongside the men's event, and Shubhlakshmi Sharma, Indian Women cricketer, believed the home team had a good chance after its performances against Australia Women and Sri Lanka Women as she spoke at the ICC World Twenty20 Host City Tour tour event in Kolkata "Australia won last time, but this time there's a good chance for India because we are playing at home.
“The preparation has been very good. We beat Australia (in Australia) and now we are going through the series against Sri Lanka. The results have been good and I think we are ready,” she said.
Her three-wicket haul against Bangladesh in the 2014 edition was her favourite memory of the tournament, she added.