Unlike the ODI World Cup or even the World Test Championship, the T20 World Cup is the toughest format to build towards given the unpredictability of the format. ‘Form’ can change within minutes. Consistency is difficult to attain. Even if one manages consistency, it can all change in a matter of few overs.

The one thing within teams’ control is preparation. India are leaving no stone unturned, doing all they can to build towards the tournament. India’s eyes are trained on the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia next year. And maybe even the one following that the very next year.

India are set to play 17 T20Is from now till the IPL next year, with nine of those in 2019 alone. They’ve already begun their preparations with a 3-0 whitewash of West Indies in West Indies, their next challenge is a three-match series at home against South Africa.