Mumbai, November 28, 2023.

Former head coach Ravi Shastri firmly believes that India will be a “serious challenger” in the next year’s T20 World Cup due to a strong nucleus in the shortest format but reminded that rising to the occasion in knockout games is a must to emerge triumphant.

It has been more than a week since Australia trumped India, in what turned out to be a one-sided final in Ahmedabad, with the country’s cricket fraternity still reeling with the outcome, given that the hosts had a 10-match unbeaten run going into the title clash.

Shastri said India have found a nucleus of young players ahead of next year’s T20 World Cup, to be played in the Caribbean and the USA from June 4 next year.