The T20 World Cup 2022 is less than a month away and we are looking to pick the teams who will start as favorites in the tournament. Some of the teams who start as favorites in the tournament are world champions Australia, India, England, etc. We will discuss this more in detail.
The T20 World Cup already had 7 seasons completed in which we saw 6 different teams winning the title. West Indies is the most successful team in T20 World Cup, winning the title 2 times (2014 and 2016). Other than West Indies (WI), India (2007), Pakistan (2009), England (2010), Sri Lanka (2014), and Australia (2021) won the title once.
The T20 World Cup 2022 is the 8th edition of the marquee tournament. We will now see the teams who will start as favorites in the T20 World Cup 2022.
Teams who will start favorites in the T20 World Cup 2022
The first name in this list is the current world T20 champion Australia. Australia played outstanding cricket in T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE last year. They only lost one game in the tournament.
Aussies beat Pakistan in the semi-final in a crunch run chase. M Wade came to the party and smashed Shaheen Shah Afridi in the death overs and won the game for Australia. In the finals, they beat the Kiwis (New Zealand) by 8 wickets.
Australia has a very good T20 team and a very good balance in the team. They covered all the basics in the batting and bowling department with some of the match-winning all-rounders.
Their pace attack is one of the best in the world and A Zampa, the leg spinner is also there to compliment them. He is a wicket-taker, especially in the middle overs. All n all, Australia are favorite to win the T20 World Cup 2022 again this year.
Since the 2015 WC omission, England has been a very different side in the limited overs format. We saw glimpses of that in the next year’s T20 World Cup in 2016. They reached the final of the tournament but failed to cross the line in the final. B Stokes got hit for 4 sixes while defending 19 runs in the last over against C Braithwaite.
Since then, England completely changed their way of playing limited overs cricket. Their approach is to go from ball one despite the conditions. They are the most dangerous team currently when it comes to limited overs cricket.
England lost their captain E Morgan as he retires from international cricket. They also dropped J Roy who has been an integral part of this England side for the last few years. But still, they have a very good mixture of players in the team and they will be one of the favorites in the T20 World Cup 2022.
As usual, India always starts favorites in the ICC tournaments. Team India had a dismal T20 World Cup last year in UAE. They performed far poorer than the expectation despite having a good team.
This year, they will look to improve their performance in the T20 World Cup 2022. India also has a very good team for the T20 World Cup 2022. Their only concern is that one of the best all-rounders R Jadeja. He is injured and will not feature in the tournament. But A Patel, who is a like-for-like replacement of R Jadeja has done well and made full use of this opportunity.
As we saw in the Asia Cup and Australia series, A Patel has done well in the bowling and he is a much-improved batsman now. Team India also has V Kohli in form, SK Yadav is firing and H Pandya is in his top-notch form again.
Team India will also start as one of the favorites in the T20 World Cup 2022.
4. South Africa
South Africa has also done well in the last year’s T20 World Cup. They were marginally short to reach the top 4. The Proteas fell short due to the net run rate.
South Africa also has a very good balance in the team with some match winners in the team. They only have a concern which is their poor track record in the ICC tournaments. They will look to break this tag and will come good in the T20 World Cup 2022.
South Africa has some of the match winners in Q de Kock, D Miller, A Markram, KG Rabada, T Shamsi, A Nortje, etc. So they are also one of the favorites in the T20 World Cup 2022.
Pakistan is always a dark horse in T20 cricket. And the way they are playing in T20s is evident that they are one of the best T20 teams in the world for the last few years. They fell short in the semi-finals of the T20 WC 2021. But this year, they will be a threat to other teams.
6. New Zealand
Last but not the least, New Zealand will be one of the favorites in the T20 World Cup 2022. Usually, people underestimate New Zealand in the ICC tournaments, but they proved this in the last few years by reaching a few of the finals and also winning the World Test Championship in 2021. We cannot underestimate the Kiwis. Last year also, they reached the finals but couldn’t cross the line.
So these are the few teams who will be one of the favorites to win the T20 World Cup 2022. There are a few other teams as well who can surprise us in this year’s T20 World Cup like West Indies, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan.
Let’s see who will win the title this year. What will be your opinion on this topic? Who will be the team who wins the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia this year? Comment your answer below.
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