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Sammy: West Indies are ready

The West Indies begin their ICC World Twenty20 title defence against India on Sunday confident that they possess the requisite firepower to retain their crown.

Darren Sammy's men stunned hosts Sri Lanka in the Colombo final two years ago and the skipper believes they have enough experience to dominate again in Bangladesh.

"If we play to our full potential, we can be a real destructive force," he said.

"We've got a lot of experienced players who play Twenty20 cricket all over the world, like Gayle, Narine and Dwayne Bravo. We have a great balance in the squad."

Sammy said Mahendra Singh Dhoni's India side, who beat Pakistan by seven wickets in their opening game, were familiar foes since they played together in the Indian Premier League.

"We have a general idea of the Indians because guys have been in the same dressing room as them during the IPL," he said. "Anyway in this age, there is footage to be seen everywhere.

"You can watch a player's match and come up with a successful formula to stop him.

"The good thing in our team is that we don't have to rely on any one person. We have at least five or six potential match-winners.

"But everyone has to contribute. You may have a brilliant team, but it takes a total team effort to win.

"It is not going to be easy to win the tournament again. We have to focus on each team. But tomorrow it is all about India and our energies are focused on them."

Pakistan, Australia and Bangladesh are the other teams in the group, from which two will advance to the semi-finals.