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India Favorite To Win World Cup

India has recently won their 8th consecutive T20I series, and that too against one of the top sides in the world, England.

With the comeback win, after trailing the series 1-2, India looks clear favorites to win the title for the second time in their own backyard. They won the inaugural 2007-edition beating arch-rivals Pakistan in a thrilling final.

T20 World Cup in India

Pandemic the culprit.

The last edition for the T20 World Cup was held in India when West Indies beat England, courtesy of the Carlos “Remember the name” Brathwaite blistering four sixes off the guy who won England their first 50-over World Cup three years later, Ben Stokes.

Now, after two World events of 50-over cricket (Champions Trophy 2017 & Cricket World Cup 2019), the tournament was slated in the October-November window in 2020 in Australia, who were bound to host their first such event. But that never happened.

Covid-19 had left everyone still and locked in, eventually postponing the event to 2022 in Australia as India was already bound to host the 2021 edition. So, the world and fans prepare accordingly.

What makes team India so strong?

Depth. Strength in every department. Recent form. IPL. Home grounds.

The features will make any team favorite for any event, but at the moment, those features are fitting in team India.

The recent dominant performances against Australia in Australia and England in India have totally shifted the swing in their way. Without their full-strength squads, the team has beaten two of the strongest teams in world cricket.

The availability of so many players will give some headaches to the selectors. The depth in the squad, the upcoming IPL, and the advantage of playing in the home conditions, simply made them favorites to win their 2nd title in the shortest format of international cricket.

Don’t leave England and West Indies behind

Yes, India is the favorite to win, but nothing is guaranteed in cricket.

England is currently the top-ranked T20I team, and you simply put the top team out of contention, can you?

With the likes of Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, and company, they have every chance to reach the final stages of the tournament and even one step better than the last time when they finished second.

West Indies. Well, you never under-estimate the power of big-hitting in cricket. They were not meant to win the previous edition, but they did.

They are the defending champs and somewhat the specialists in the shortest format.

The fire-power of Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, and others will be handy in the stadiums of India, where they have played many times in the IPL.

India the favorites? Who said!!!

Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Mike Atherton, and Michael Vaughan. All have said that team India is the favorite to win the 7th edition of the tournament.

Well, only time will tell who’ll lift the trophy this time in November when the 16 teams will meet each other in the town.

Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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