A 16-team tournament kicks off from October 16
- Australia are strong at home and will be favourites for the World Cup
- India have injury absentees, but remain a worthy competitor
- Sri Lanka and Netherlands favourites for the 1st and the 2nd game
The stage is set for the much-anticipated T20 World Cup 2022 which will begin on October 16th. Australia, who are the defending champions, will host the tournament down under.
The tournament will kick off with the first round fixtures, where eight teams will compete for the final four spots in the main stage that is Super 12s. Sri Lanka, Netherlands, Namibia and the UAE are placed in Group A, whereas Group B comprises West Indies, Ireland, Zimbabwe and Scotland.
The Super 12s stage begins from October 22nd with the clash between Australia and New Zealand in Sydney. The two teams are joined by England and Afghanistan in Group 1 with two more teams coming through. Group 2 includes India, Pakistan, South Africa and Bangladesh along with two teams from the first round.
Following the Super 12s, Sydney Cricket Ground and Adelaide Oval will host the two semifinals on November 9th and 10th. The tournament will conclude with the grand final taking place at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground on November 13th.
Who are the favourites?
Playing at home, Australia are favourites to win the T20 World Cup 2022. The defending champions have a strong squad, comprising a destructive batting line-up and a bowling attack suited best for these conditions. They have odds of 3.75 to be title winners.
India have shaped up well and their batting unit looks very good with the more attacking approach they’ve adopted. The bowling attack could be a concern in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah. But they still remain one of the favourites to clinch the trophy. They have odds of 4.35 to be title winners.
Noteworthy, South Africa have one of if not the strongest bowling attacks in the competition for the Australian conditions. Their batting unit has several in-form players and they’ve gelled well in recent times. South Africa have odds of 9.00 to be title winners.
Who can be the dark horse?
England were one of the favourites in the last edition of the T20 World Cup, however they haven’t been in great form this year. Nevertheless, England have a good squad, capable of reaching the semi-finals after which it’s a matter of having a good day. Hence, they presently have odds of 4.50 to win the T20 World Cup title.
David Warner was the player of the tournament in the last year’s T20 World Cup, where he smashed 289 runs at an average of 48 while striking at 147. Warner has incredible numbers in T20 cricket with over 10800 runs at 38 average and 141 strike rate. Australia will be looking for great starts from the opener in the event.
Hardik Pandya is the most valuable asset for India. He is fully fit and has been in magnificent form since his return from injury this year. Hardik has scored 436 runs in T20I cricket this year at an average of 36 while striking at 151. He’s going to be a key player for India with the ball as well. Hardik has picked 12 scalps in the year at an economy of 8.65.
David Miller blasted an unbeaten 106 off 47 versus India only recently. He’s been in fantastic form in the last couple of years, scoring 660 runs in 25 T20I innings since 2021 at an average of 51 while striking at 163. He has slammed one hundred and three fifties for South Africa in this period.
Games and Odds
- The T20 World Cup 2022 begins with Sri Lanka and Namibia facing off in Geelong. Sri Lanka, who are coming off a remarkable Asia Cup triumph winning five matches on the trot, will be heavy favourites to win this match. Back Sri Lanka at 1.10 to win the game!
- The night fixture on October 16th will see Netherlands and the UAE taking on each other. The Netherlands have a better side on paper and should win this contest. Back them at 1.74 to win this one!