Bangalore: Irrespective of indicators of form, the conditions on the ground or what various other teams are doing, India's passionate cricket fans expect their team to win whenever it enters a big tournament such as the ICC World Twenty20 2012.
Expectations, not necessarily always grounded in reality, are perpetually sky high, and this is something the Indian team has come to live with. For two reasons, the 2012 World T20 in Sri Lanka will be watched even more closely. For one, India is the holder of the World Cup, having won the 50-over competition in such spectacular fashion at home in 2011. No team has simultaneously held the two ICC titles. The second reason, more emotional than anything else, is the return of Yuvraj Singh.
A talismanic figure who was twice been player of the tournament in ICC Cricket World Cups – first at the Under-19 World Cup in 2000 in Sri Lanka and then at the 2011 World Cup in India - Yuvraj's battle with a rare form of germ-cell cancer, mediastinal seminoma, has been well-documented in the media.