Well begun is half done is an old saying, but looking at the manner in which the Indians demolished Pakistan in their first game of this edition of the ICC World Twenty20 does give the hope that India will be able to go all the way in this tournament.
The win was achieved despite India not firing at full throttle, and that is what makes it even more impressive.
The most crucial aspect was the opening batting getting off to a good start, and that is what Dhawan and Rohit Sharma provided, so even when they lost three wickets in quick succession, they had given the platform to Kohli and Raina to first steady the innings and then take India home with some terrific shots.
Now, taking on the defending champions West Indies, they will need to rethink their strategy a bit. Opening the bowling with Ashwin was a masterstroke, and with the off spinner having an ascendancy over Gayle, that tactic will no doubt be used again.
It is how the new ball bowlers are used that will be crucial. In these conditions, Bhuvneshwar Kumar hardly gets the ball to move and his pace is just what the batsmen are looking for.
He has started using the yorker and is getting better at it, while Mohammed Shami who has such a top yorker is now shy of bowling it for some strange reason.
Gayle and Bravo will be the batsmen India will have to watch for, and Darren Sammy has been blasting the ball all over the park in the just concluded T20 series in the West Indies and will be dangerous too.
It is here that Amit Mishra’s leg spin could turn it around. While most spinners need a field placed for good deliveries, a wrist spinner feels more confident when his bad deliveries are saved on the boundary. If that happens, then he gives the ball a little more twist and flight and can get the batsman.
India will also have to work a little harder on the field and get the ball back quickly. There were some runs conceded that fortunately did not make a difference against Pakistan but in a close game could well make the difference between winning and losing.
West Indies have won in Sri Lanka, but the pitches there had a little more for the seamers while these pitches in Bangladesh are spinner friendly, and that’s why despite Sunil Narine being in the opposition, India should prevail.