The 2021 T20 World Cup is around the corner and Team India will have its eyes set up on this prized possession. The five-match T20I series against England is the only practice they will get as a team before the World Cup in October and the management will be hoping to find its ideal combination from this series itself.
Though it will be the last international T20 series that India will participate in prior to the main event, the Indian players have plenty of T20 cricket ahead of them with the all-new season of the Indian T20 League about to commence on April 9. There are plenty of people out there who believe India are the favourites for the 2021 T20 World Cup and rightly so. The team is packed with superstars and match-winners. There’s a problem of plenty at this current moment and it’s a happy headache to have for the team management.
Here are five main reasons why Virat Kohli and Co. can be on the podium lifting that coveted trophy on November 15.
ABUNDANCE OF BATTING TALENT
India as a country has always been blessed with quality batsmen over the years who have gone on to achieve amazing feats in the sport. This current generation of Indian cricket is also blessed with some greats in the batting department and are facing an issue to fit all these quality batsmen in the starting line-up.
Shikhar Dhawan who became the first player to score back-to-back hundreds in the Indian T20 League the previous season is the third-choice opening batsman. Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan, who are wonderful T20 players are finding their feet in the international circuit. A player of the calibre of Sanju Samson was actually dropped from the India squad for the England T20I series.
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya are the sure-shot picks in the XI are the backbone of the squad. Any team would love to have even one player of similar qualities.
PLAYERS WHO COULD HIT FROM BALL ONE
India won the inaugural T20 World Cup back in 2007 and has failed to replicate the same ever since. The biggest issue over the years has been the lack of firepower in the middle order. India has always struggled to find players who could hit fast bowling for sixes from the first ball they face.
This current Indian setup seems to have tackled that issue head-on. Players like Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan are exactly the kind of players who can make the middle phase of the innings super exhilarating. These are all audacious batsmen and can strike even good balls for massive sixes.
Jasprit Bumrah, T Natarajan and Mohammed Shami are all missing from this current squad which is playing against England but these three bowlers are India’s death-over specialists. With this trio back for the World Cup expect India to be choking out its opposition in the final stage of the innings.
ALL ROUNDERS GALORE
The beauty of this current squad is the kind of balance the starting XI can have as there are plenty of all-rounders to choose from. It’s possible that Virat Kohli can have an XI where he could have seven genuine bowling options. Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel and Rahul Tewatia are the all-round options to choose from.
The previous three ICC 50-over World Cups have been won by the host nation. In the women’s game, the previous T20 World Cup was won by Australia in their backyard. India certainly would start with the home advantage in their favour. The players would know the nuances of every venue and will have valuable insights on the pitches they will play on in the World Cup.
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