The 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup is underway in the UAE and Oman from October 17. The event, which was earlier to be held in India, had to be shifted to another venue due to COVID-19.
The BCCI, however, has retained the hosting rights of the event. The event will begin with Round 1, which will see eight teams, including Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, fight for four Super 12 spots.
The top eight sides automatically qualified for the Super 12s. They are India, Pakistan, Australia, England, West Indies, Afghanistan, South Africa and New Zealand. In this feature, we look at the top contenders to win the T20 World Cup crown this year.
Up until now, every time there has been a new winner of the World Cup, with India winning the inaugural cup in 2007, Pakistan in 2009 and England in 2010. Will there be a new champion this time as well? Will England be able to defend its title? Will sub-continent giants Pakistan and India win their second title or will home advantage work in the favor of the Sri Lankans?
The current ODI champion England team cannot be taken lightly for the T20 World Cup. In 2019, England won the ODI World Cup trophy for the first time by defeating New Zealand. This time the team will have a good chance of winning the T20 tournament.
There are many T20 specialists in the England team. Although the team may miss Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, but the team has players like David Malan, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler apart from the astute captain Oen Morgan.
There are also names like Adil Rashid, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood and Chris Jordan in the bowling.
This year England has played 11 T20 matches and won seven while the team has lost four. England had earlier won the T20 World Cup in 2010. After this, in the 2016 World Cup also, the team had traveled to the final and was runner-up.
For the T20 World Cup, the West Indies team can once again make a big upset. In the year 2012 and 2016, the team surprised everyone by winning the T20 World Cup. This time the team will take to the field to defend their title.
Apart from captain Kieron Pollard, all the players in the Caribbean team are T20 specialists. The team has more than one power hitters like Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Nicholas Pooran and Evin Lewis. Lewis, Devane Bravo and Pollard were also seen in excellent form during the IPL.
West Indies are always underestimated for big tournaments, but the team has given the best of its fearless style in front of the whole world by winning the T20 World Cup twice. This time no team will make the mistake of taking Pollard & Co. lightly.
The Indian cricket team is being considered as the favorite to win the T20 World Cup 2021. If we look at the performance of Team India in the last few days, Virat and Co. may not have won the trophy, but the performance of the team has been consistent.
Apart from this, all the players were playing in the second leg of IPL 2021 held in UAE, who are also part of India’s World Cup squad. In such a situation, these players have understood these conditions very well, the Indian team looks completely balanced.
Another biggest positive aspect is the inclusion of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the dressing room of Team India, because Mahi has a great solution to get out of every difficult situation, which this time can come in handy for Virat Sena and team trophy. can be captured.
The Indian team had earlier won the first T20 World Cup held in the year 2007. The team was the runner-up in 2014 and reached the semi-finals in 2016.