The 2022 ICC T20 World Cup is coming. Every elite cricketing side will clash once again for the biggest T20 competition in the world down under. The ICC T20 World Cup edition last year in the UAE was a success in which Australia comfortably beat New Zealand in the final to win their first-ever ICC T20 World Cup.
The Aussies became the fourth team after India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka to win all three ICC events (ICC World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy, and ICC World T20). Considering how they have performed since their T20 World Cup win, they would like to write more history in the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup edition as hosts.
The T20 format is all about unpredictability. Its unpredictable nature is the reason why it is the most-liked format among the fans. Even if you think that there are certain teams as favorites, the unpredictable nature of this format has resulted in some of the biggest shocks in cricketing history.
However, if we look at the competition and the quality of all the qualified teams, it is safe to say that it is too close to call in terms of the clear favorites for this year's competition.
Before the World T20, we also have the Asia Cup. It will give us a clear idea of where the subcontinent teams stand before the big event in Australia. Regardless of the unpredictability, we expect to see good cricket being played with the right spirit.
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Despite the unpredictable nature, there are still some of the teams we can safely say are favorites of this year's World T20. Firstly, we don't need to go any further than the defending champions, Australia.
After finally winning their first World T20 title, the Kangaroos look to be in fine form across all formats and they would like to bring the winning feeling in front of their adoring crowd.
Ever since the victory at the UAE last November, Australia has been on an outstanding run in the shortest format of the game. They beat Sri Lanka 4-1 in the five-match T20 series held in February.
On their first tour to Pakistan in more than two decades, they beat the Greens in the only T20 game of the tour. After that, they further imposed their T20 dominance by beating the Lankans on their own turf in a three-match series.
David Warner and Aaron Finch are performing extremely well at the top of the order. Most importantly, they are supported equally well by Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc in the bowling department.
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After Australia, we have to look at England. The 2010 champions have also shown incredible form in the shortest format of the game despite their shortcomings in last year's edition.
With Eoin Morgan retiring, it will be the first ICC event for the Three Lions under the captaincy of Jos Butler. Dawid Malan continues to show why he is one of the best T20 players in the world right now with effective knocks for the team.
Most importantly, Jonny Bairstow seems to have found his touch in all forms of the game. His recent knock of 90 against South Africa was just one example of how the 32-year-old has been performing as of late.
The biggest concern for England was the lack of quality in death bowling. Despite the struggles of Chris Jordan in recent years, he seems to be finding the line and length under Butler that made him an undisputed bowler in this format.
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India seems to be finding their feet again under the captaincy of Rohit. Like England, they have also experienced a change in captaincy after the stepping down of Virat Kohli. However, it is a surprise that India has become so competitive under their new captain.
In less than a year since becoming the captain, Sharma has already added one massive record to his name. The Mumbai Indians player has become the first-ever T20 captain to secure 13 consecutive wins.
Recently, they beat England in a three-match T20 series 2-1, which brought an end to their unbeaten run. However, it was another step in the right direction. If we look at the individual performances, you can basically name every single player in the team.
The emergence of Suryakumar Yadav has been eye-pleasing for Indian fans. He has gained a lot of fans after his remarkable hundred against England in the Third T20 of the series at Trent Bridge.
Moreover, Hardik Pandeya seems to be finally enjoying his cricket after being criticized by so many Indian analysts regarding his use in the team. Many people suggested that the 2021 World T20 would be his final tournament in Indian colors. Looking at his form right now, he should be the first name on the team sheet.
The biggest question mark for Sharma is the inclusion of former captain Kohli. Even though he has continued to trust the right-handed batsman, Kohli hasn't repaid the trust with so many poor cameos as of late.
Former World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev suggested that India should drop Kohli as they cannot keep picking him based on his reputation and block the pathways of the deserving players in the team. That is the question that only Sharma can answer.
With concrete planning and a depth of talented players, it definitely seems like the Blues have put the dark memories of the 2021 World T20 campaign behind them and look forward to this year's T20 World Cup.
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Speaking of unpredictability, which other team can you talk about other than Pakistan? The Greens led by Babar Azam continue to find ways to stun the cricketing audience with their passion and commitment to the game.
Captain Azam seems to be enjoying the form of his life as he is on the cusp of becoming the no.1 ranked batsman across all formats. Alongside him, Mohammad Rizwan was the best T20 player in the world last year and he looks forward to supporting his captain once again in this year's World T20.
If we talk about the bowling department, Shaheen Shah Afridi will once again be the center of attention. He has had the world on his feet ever since those two magical balls to Sharma and KL Rahul in last year's World T20 event. He always has had the habit of taking wickets in his first couple of overs and he would be hoping to do that again.
Alongside him, Haris Rauf has shown his express pace and bounce to stun the batsmen. Both Haris and Shaheen were pivotal to Lahore Qalandars' first PSL title this year. In the spin department, they will have the support of Shadab Khan and Muhammad Nawaz.
As they have broken the shackles of beating India in the World Cup editions last year, they would be raring to go again and put the disappointing semi-final loss against Australia behind them.
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