Top 3 contenders to win the ICC T20 World Cup 2021

The 2020 T20 World Cup was due to be held in Australia from 18 October to 15 November 2020, but the International Cricket Council (ICC) declared its postponement in July 2020, on the account of the covid-19 pandemic. Afterwards, in August 2020 the ICC announced India to be the hosting country for the 2021 tournament as scheduled, saying that Australia will host the following year 2022 tournament. But again in June 2021, due to the current situation of the covid-19 pandemic in India, ICC confirmed that the tournament will be performed in the United Arab Emirates and Oman. This year ICC T20 World Cup is a seventh T20 World Cup tournament that is going to begin on 17th October 2021 and the finale will be played on 14th November 2021.

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Interesting fact: As we know that, Afghanistan has been brought under the control of the Taliban, there are many concerns regarding the Afghanistan cricket team participation in the tournament. However, Hekmat Hasan, Afghanistan cricket team media manager, has stated that despite their current situation, Afghanistan would be playing for the T20 World Cup 2021.

Let’s talk about the top 3 teams who are in favour of winning the tournament:

3. West Indies:

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West Indies is one of the most- expected contenders to qualify for the semi-finals in the T20 World Cup tournament. They are a strong team with very good players like Nicholas Pooran, Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite along with their Captain Kieron Pollard, who have won five IPL titles and is able to perform well under pressure. Also recently they have been providing opportunities to worthy candidates in the T20 tournament. The previous T20 World Cup 2016 was won by the West Indies.

The 1st T20I played by West Indies was in the year 2006 against New Zealand. Considering their performances in the last 10 T20I series, West Indies has won 6 and lost 4 matches. West Indies have played 6 T20I series, after since 2020 from which they have won 3 including one against Australia. To date, West Indies have played 144 T20I matches in total from which they have won 62 matches. According to their team structure, the only thing to be concerned about is their bowling but lately, in the few matches they have performed pretty well good.

2. England:

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In the previous T20 world cup in 2016, England was just a few inches away from winning the title for the 2nd time. Carlos Brathwaite was successful in breaking the hearts of English fans. But five years later, England was able to win the tournament which gives them the favour of winning the 2021 T20 World Cup. England played their first T20I series against Australia in 2005.

They have played 137 T20I matches in total from which they have won 71 matches. England batting is very powerful and confident, players like Ben Stokes, David Malan, Jos Butler, Eoin Morgan and many other will be competing with each other to be the part of team 11. And the bowlers include the players like Mark Wood and Adil Rashid. Therefore, England is also ready with the players to cover the future injuries, if so.

1.India:

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Fans are expecting Captain Virat Kohli and his team to put an end to the wait of 14 years by winning ICC T20 World Cup 2021 trophy. And there are many aspects that result in India winning the T20 World Cup. The first plus point is that in the last two years, India has played a lot of matches in UAE, which states that India has fair enough experience with the UAE fields.

In addition to this, India has not lost any T20I matches, since 2019. In the last 6 T20I tournaments, India has won all of them which were placed against Australia, Bangladesh, England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and West Indies. Also, India’s performance is in the last 10 T20I series is been superb as they have won 7 matches and lost only 3.

Furthermore, India has much experience with the T20 format because of the IPL, each team playing at least 14 matches every year. This may help the coach and captain to understand how each player reacts to different situations.

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