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ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Predictions - Winner, Runners-up, Highest run-getter, Top wicket-taker and more

Tabraiz Shamsi and Quinton de Kock celebrate a wicket
Tabraiz Shamsi and Quinton de Kock celebrate a wicket
England's Dawid Malan
England's Dawid Malan

Pakistan are all set to challenge India and England for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 title.

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The Super 12 stage of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 kicks off with the clash between Australia and South Africa on October 23 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Winner, Runners-up and semi-finalists

On the opening day itself, England lock horns with current title holders West Indies as memories of the last T20 World Cup final come to the fore again. As one of the leading contenders for the title this time around and the current ODI World Cup champions, England will be seeking sweet revenge.

The match will be followed by perhaps the most high-profile group match of this World Cup - the mother of all blockbusters between India and Pakistan on October 24, Sunday.

Pakistan have lost all their previous five matches in the T20 World Cup against India and will be looking to open their account. India, as the favourites for the title this year, have every chance to make it six-nil.

That said, Pakistan have a very good side and it wouldn't be a surprise if they pull off a historic victory.

The group stage will be followed by the two semi-finals on November 10 and 11, with the winners competing for the ultimate prize - the 2021 T20 World Cup Trophy on November 14 in Dubai. 

Given the current form and pedigree of India and England, these are the two teams expected to clash against each other in the final. By virtue of their suitability to the conditions, India have a golden opportunity of winning their second T20 World Cup title.

Pakistan and one of New Zealand or South Africa can be the other two semi-finalists and it’s going to be an interesting event for sports bets and cricket fans

Highest run-getter: KL Rahul

Pakistan's opening duo of Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam has been in fine form for a long time now and their consistency gives every reason to back them to finish among the highest run-getters this season.

Dawid Malan has been out of form for some time now but don't discount the number one-ranked T20I batter when push comes to shove.

However, the one player that stood out in the recent edition of the IPL is India's KL Rahul and the kind of form that the opener has shown, it will be difficult to get past him.

Most sixes: Jos Buttler 

Buttler has had ample rest after pulling out of the second leg of IPL 2021 and the hunger to make up for lost time has been visible in the warm-up matches. This augurs well for England and their title chances.

There has been a lot of debate around whether Buttler should continue to open or play the finisher's role for England. But, his consistency and firepower at the top of the order means that he will continue to open the batting. 

Buttler's team-mates Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow are also in contention. So are India's Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant, Australia's Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell Marsh, South Africa's Quinton de Kock and West Indies' Kieron Pollard and Evin Lewis.

Top wicket-taker: Tabraiz Shamsi

Spin to win has been the mantra for a long time in T20s and it is not expected to be any different in the conditions of the UAE.

Although the likes of Mitchell Starc, Jasprit Bumrah and Shaheen Shah Afridi are expected to make an impact, South Africa's left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi can end up as the highest wicket-taker.

Sri Lanka's Wanindu Hasaranga, Afghanistan's Rashid Khan, Australia's Adam Zampa and Bangladesh's Mustafizur Rahman will also be there or thereabouts.


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