Last year’s T20 World Cup which was to be held in Australia and New Zealand in the latter part of the year, has been shifted to the United Arab Emirates (according to the latest news from BCCI), with India being the unofficial hosts. 16 teams will participate in the shortest format of cricket in this year’s cricket world cup, probably to be held across three to four venues in UAE.
India, the unofficial hosts and a powerhouse in world cricket, will be the favorites to win this year’s tournament, along with teams like Australia, England, New Zealand, and West Indies. We can’t completely write off Pakistan and South Africa, though the above 5 teams will dominate mostly as per the experts. Such global tournaments are treated like festivals in our country, not only because of the on-field battle but also for the fantasy cricket league booming with crazy cricket lovers indulging themselves in the battle of supremacy off it.
The likes of Virat Kohli’s, Steve Smith’s, Eoin Morgan’s will be the hottest and trending topics in daily fantasy cricket never to leave out Christopher Gayle, and the Pollard’s, considering the format.
India will bank on bowlers like Md. Shiraj, Md. Shami and Jasprit Bumrah in the pace department and the likes of Washington Sundar and Chahal will be put in action, leading the spin attack. Our front-line batsmen need to perform consistently throughout the competition, with Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Kohli, and Rishav Pant, and all-rounder Hardik Pandya getting big scores for their bowlers to defend – and chase the 150-170 plus totals, sometimes even more, if India has to go all the way and lift the World Cup T20 for the second time, a first under the captainship of Virat Kohli.
The Englishmen will depend on KKR’s interim captain Eoin Morgan to lead from the front, with Jos Buttler and Joe Root to give due support at the top of the order, and the man from 2019 50 over World Cup, all-rounder Benjamin Stokes to play a pivotal role in both batting and bowling.
The initial hosts and superpowers Australia will bank on Steve Smith, their number one batsman in all formats, with the likes of Mitchel Stark to lead the bowling department with Hazlewood – the spinning duties going to Aston Agar and Adam Zampa. Players like David Warner, Aaron Finch, and Glenn Maxwell will have to play crucial roles while batting if the Aussies hope to lift their maiden T20 WC.
Led by their soft-spoken, calm, and composed skipper in Williamson, New Zealand are the dark horses this time around, the losing finalists of the 2019 WC. If the Kiwis want to win their first-ever international trophy (World Cup), Ross Taylor, Colin Munro, and Martin Guptill have to play their A-game.
Needless to mention, T20 cricket is about those over boundaries landing in the crowd, and who better than the likes of Chris Gayle, Pollard, and the Russel’s. The Caribbean superstars need to be consistent, the likes of Nicolas Pooran and Carlos Braithwaite in the middle and towards the end, and the bowling attack led by young Sheldon Cottrell, must restrict oppositions from posting those high totals.