All eyes now on the T20 World Cup – who’s your money on?
Over recent weeks, the cricket world has been captivated by the red-ball events in India – even if that captivation has sometimes been akin to seeing a car accident unfold and being unable to look away. It’s been a far cry from the soporific, drawn-out battle that so often exemplifies test cricket. But now, attention shifts to a form of the game that develops even faster than a turning encounter under lights at Ahmedabad.
That’s right, the World T20 is just around the corner. Like Euro 2020 in the football, the tournament was pushed back last year, and the venue has been shifted from Australia to India. This factor, in particular, has thrown the Betsson betting odds on who will win into disarray. Let’s take a look at three most likely suspects.
Make no bones about it, India have the best cricket team in the world right now, regardless of the format of the game, the batting surface or the colour of the ball. After demolishing England in the tests, they are brimmed full of confidence, and they are rightfully quoted as favourites. With Washington Sundar, they even have that finisher that has previously been lacking. But history is not on their side. India seemed destined to win when they hosted the event four years ago, yet they were bundled out by the West Indies in the semi final. It means there has still not been a home winner in tournament history. India are more than capable of beating the hoodoo, but it is hard to see many neutrals being tempted by the 5/2 odds.
If Eoin Morgan’s men can go out and play with the fearlessness they exhibited in the 50 over event two years ago, they can and will beat anyone. They have shown a continuation of that winning habit in subsequent series, but the form of some key individuals will be a cause for concern. Both Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow have shown technical frailties at test level that have damaged their self-belief. They need to be back to their best if England are to get those all-important runs on the board early doors. Still, England has strength in depth, and a middle order comprising the likes of Buttler, Stokes and Moin represents an engine room that’s ready for anything.
As every cricket enthusiast knows, a basic axiom of the game is that you never rule out Australia. Incredibly, they have yet to win a T20 World Cup, and have only made one final. Don’t be taken in by that modest track record, though. If two out of Finch, Warner and Smith fire at the top of the order, any game can soon be taken out of reach. Justin Langer famously labelled Starc the best white ball bowler in the world, and in Agar and Zampa, Australia has found a new generation of spin twins that can beguile and befuddle the best in the world. It’s an impressive formula, and those 7/2 odds might be looked back on as the deal of the century.
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