Seeking encore of 2007: In the six T20 World Cups so far, five different teams have won the title.
Seeking encore of 2007: So here’s a look at the top contenders
T20 cricket India has reluctantly embraced, but the BCCI has such tight control over this version of cricket that it seems like it was invented for the BCCI. India is now the financial center of T20 Cricket and all the best players want to do their trading on the IPL.
This gives aspiring Indian players a great opportunity to compete against the biggest names in world cricket. Ironically though, India’s only T20 World Cup title came in 2007 before the IPL was launched.
But the fans are still hoping, and this time India would be one of the favorites to win the title, although the realistic form in T20 cricket can come and go quite quickly.
India also has a strong team this time:
KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma at the top, Virat Kohli in third place, followed by Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, and Hardik Pandya. Young Ishan Kishan is explosive, as demonstrated in the preparation match against England, while Ravindra Jadeja and Shardul Thakur can hit the ball hard and far.
In the bowling department, spinners are expected to excel in the slow terrain of the United Arab Emirates, where the recent IPL has left the lanes “tired” as Australian Paceman Pat Cummins believes. Much is expected of the muscular young man Rahul Chahar, who was selected over the experienced Yuzvendra Chahal.
Then there’s Ravichandran Ashwin, who returned to the team because of his recent IPL performance, and Varun Chakravarthy, a mainstay who is touted as a mystery spinner, can be tough to score. The option to rotate the left arm would be in charge of Jadeja.
Australia is Always in the race
Australia, a five-time 50over World Cup winner, never won the T20 World Cup; it is a mystery or could be attributed to the vagaries of the format.
But every time the T20 World Cup approaches, Australia is one of the favorites and it has to be. There are many reasons for this: the team always has batsmen who can take down any park bowling attack and bowlers who can destroy any batting lineup.
Australia has big game winners with Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch, and David Warner; Fast bowlers include Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood. These men, if they reach their potential, could propel the team to the end.
Pakistan Chaos reigns
In Pakistan, expect the unexpected, which may or may not mean something, but definitely expect some brilliance, some chaos, and a lot of excitement.
The focus may be on Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman all the time, but Mohammad Rizwan has become a real threat in recent years – his brave and strong strikes won’t easily translate into numbers, but his T20I average is fine in a high of 48.40 with a strike rate of 129.09.
The Peshawarborn Openerwicketkeeper is a late player by Pakistan standards (now in his 30th year) and appears to be making up for a lost time in all formats.
He forms an impressive opening pair with Azam – the captain is the world No. 2 in the T20I rankings, two places ahead of Virat Kohli of India. Pakistan knows the conditions, as the United Arab Emirates has been its home since 2009.
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England is already extremely strong, even without the totem Ben Stokes or Jofra Archer. And they want their chances of taking both the T20 and 50over trophies at the same time.
West Indies Defenders on back foot
The two-time champion won the tournament the last time it was held in 2016. With Carlos Brathwaite’s famous four-to-six goals ahead of Ben Stokes in the Calcutta final. When 24 runs were required for the final.
But many things have changed since then.
South Africa Great talent
South Africa is no longer the force it once was, but count them at your own risk – its current form has been good with three straight wins in the T20I series.
His preparation victories against Afghanistan and Pakistan were encouraging.
Rassie van der Dussen’s 51ball 101 turned the chase against Pakistan into a thriller with a Lastball win.
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