The first T20 World Cup was played in South Africa in 2007 and India won the tournament. It has created a huge market for T20 on the subcontinent. West Indies has captured 2 (two) T20 World Cup titles till now.
The 2021 World Cup Cricket updates mention the T20 tournament could be moved to the UAE as the COVID_19 pandemic continues to cause havoc in India. As the IPL 2021 could not be completed in India, is there a chance to host the 16- team competition?
Here are the 3 national cricket teams that came across as favorites in ICC Cricket World Cup 2021 updates and predictions from across the internet-
ICC Cricket World Cup 2021 news positions India as one of the pre-tournament favorites. They have the advantage of playing a good number of T20 matches recently in UAE.
IPL 2020 and the second leg of IPL 2021 will be played in UAE at the same venue as well. Indian players will be aware of what to expect. The national team also has strong sets of players right now. However, the squad is not going to be playing any T20 international before the T20 World Cup 2021.
According to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2021 updates, the defending champions will be a difficult team to play against. Kieron Pollard may lead the West Indies team and star West Indian players are going to be available for this tournament. The list can include Andre Russell, Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, and others.
The bowling side lacks but we never know what magic the master batsmen will create on the field. This team is also playing a lot of T20 cricket in CPL and a lot of international matches before the World Cup.
If senior players remain injury-free then the West Indies team is going to be the side that no one wants to play in a knock-out match.
They were the Champions in the 50 over format of World Cup and came really close to winning the T20 World Cup in 2016. The former West Indies Captain Carlos Brathwaite must have a strong game on his side to pull the match on his side and win the crown. They won’t leave the opportunity to improve and get the trophy this time around.
England’s batting is strategically built for the T20 cricket. Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, and a lot of different middle-order players are competing for a spot in the playing eleven.
The bowling side has good fast-bowlers in the form of Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, and Adil Rashid as a world-class spinner. They have considered every aspect of the game and England also has options to handle any unexpected injuries or loss of form.
England is trying to get its players in the right positions and will be playing a number of T20 internationals. This could help them find the holes in their playing order and make changes before the World Cup event.
For India, the team will have to be quick to understand their shortcoming as they enter the tournament. Even with the depth if they can’t figure out how to place players for maximum impact, India could end up jeopardizing its own chances.
The T20 World Cup 2021 could be one of the most exciting ones that we have seen. The format itself makes things unpredictable and this year, there are at least five teams that could easily win the title.