Nasser Hussain believes that India, while certainly a strong contender for the T20 World Cup, is not the all-time favorite due to the volatile nature of the format.
“They are favorites. I wouldn’t say clear favorites because of the format. The shorter the game, the more things can happen. An individual brilliance, 70 or 80 or 3 deliveries suddenly change it the other way around. So anyone could upset India in any knockout game,” Hussain said on Sky Cricket.
“Their record actually as of late in ICC tournaments is not good and that’s something they are going to have to deal with – with the weight of expectations of the Indian audience and fans heavy on their shoulders – when they get to a knockout game, all of a sudden you cannot afford a mistake and that’s going to be a thing for them.”
India last won a major ICC tournament in 2013 when they defeated England. With MS Dhoni to win the Champions Trophy.
Since then, India has reached the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup.
The 2016 T20 World Cup, and the 2019 World Cup victory, while finishing second in the Champions Trophy in 2017. India reached the final of the World Trials Championship earlier this year but lost the final to New Zealand.
Referring to the 2019 World Cup semi-finals between India and England. Hussain stated that India does not appear to have a backup plan in case things go wrong. And this remains a concern for Virat Kohli in his last T20 outing as captain of the Indian cricket team.
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