The eighth iteration of the competition, the T20 World Cup 2022, will take place in Australia from October 16 through November 2022. It was initially planned to take place in India in 2020, but the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced in July 2020 that they would postpone the event and it would take place in 2022 instead.
According to the ICC, Australia will host the redesigned World Cup. Australia is the reigning World Cup champion and will host the competition in the future. We’ve compiled what to anticipate from the ICC event in case you are anxiously anticipating the upcoming matches in the tournament.
16 teams will compete, and the management has divided the top 8 teams into the following two groups:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
Let’s discuss the main competitors who could finish in the top four in the competition.
In order to advance in the competition, Team India had a season from the previous edition to forget. India was unable to advance to the knockout stage after suffering two humiliating losses—the first against rival Pakistan and the second against New Zealand.
Rohit Sharma has led India’s team with ease, and for the T20 World Cup 2022, you can anticipate him to be in top shape and capable of playing matches confidently. India can come out on top if they maintain their composure and play flawlessly.
Pakistan played their game under the leadership of Babar Azam in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, showing the world what they are capable of.
Azam, Rizwan, Hafiz, and Malik performed with outstanding discipline for the Pakistani team. Afridi and Ali helped them get the win with one of the greatest pacing attacks in the league.
Australia is the reigning ICC World Cup 2021 champion and will be a strong contender for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2022. Australia demonstrated to the globe why they can be a challenge for the other teams while Aaron Finch served as captain. With Warner, Maxwell, Finch, and Wade on the team, they boast one of the strongest batting lineups in the league.
Australia has a powerful arsenal, especially their speed bowlers, who have the ability to thwart an opponent’s bowling attack and take the lead in the score. Additionally, Australia will have the advantage of playing on home soil.
What Gives India a Chance of Winning?
Due to the following factors, India may have a possibility of winning in the next T20 World Cup 2022 matches:
- Virat Back in Form
Virat was criticized in previous years for his underwhelming performances, but in reality, he is back in form at the Asia Cup, which is a huge advantage for team India. In addition to his critical 71st century in international play against Afghanistan, Kohli hit 276 runs, including two half-centuries. Virat won’t be anxious about his position in the team heading into the T20 World Cup 2022, despite prior results. He is under no obligation to score a huge enough goal for the side to win. Another significant benefit for the club is Virat’s remarkable capacity to turn an innings. He demonstrated this in the Asia Cup game against Pakistan, and it is expected that he would do the same in the following competition.
In Bangladesh for the 2014 T20 World Cup, Kohli amassed the most runs, according to the cricket news. In that game, Kohli played brilliantly, averaging 106.33 with a strike rate of 129.14 in 6 matches.
In the important competition, he struck four half-centuries, including 50+ totals against Sri Lanka and South Africa in the semifinal and championship games, respectively, however India lost to Sri Lanka.
- Bumrah and Patel in the Lineup
Both Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel have been regarded as wise choices for India. The Indian team played without the duo at the Asia Cup, particularly during the final few overs of the game. A player of Bumrah’s calibre would be a challenge for Australia on the pitch, according to the former captain of Australia, Ricky Ponting. India’s team, which lacked options for collecting wickets during the Asia Cup competition, now boasts the best bowling lineups in the squad thanks to the return of proven wicket-takers. The opponents in the next games will have tests from spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Hardik Pandya beginning with Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah in the middle overs.
In the seven seasons since his IPL debut in 2012, Harshal Patel has participated in 41 games. While Harshal hasn’t exactly created an impact to be a regular player in an IPL game, he has contributed enough to be included in the squad for the upcoming season. Although Harshal has a reasonable strike rate for wickets, the squad has struggled with his economy. He conceded runs at a 9.54 economy rate when playing for Delhi last year, and he averaged 8.66 in the IPL.
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