The main responsibility of the batting of the Pakistani team will be on the captain Babar Azam.
– Jaideep Verma
In the T20 World Cup 2021, the first ICC tournament to be held after the Corona epidemic, the coin of the one who will make the least mistakes. Between the team bubble and the constant testing, the impact of fatigue on the players is visible more than ever. Obviously this is the time to deal with more mental challenges than physical ones. The 50-over World Cup match of 2019 was the most memorable in the history of ICC tournaments, as there was a fierce competition in many matches. Despite the fact that the most favored team managed to win the tournament, the gap between the top teams was much less than before and no team could turn the tide of the match on any given day.
However, it is also a fact that in T20, there is not as much variation as is seen in a 50-over match. This probably also happens because the team does not have much time in T20. Even if there is a tie between the two opposing teams, who will be the winner, it depends on how strong the willpower of which team is. In a short span of time, the importance of this aspect increases even more in this format of the match. For these reasons, Pakistan is being considered as a strong contender to win this tournament. The way New Zealand and England have recently treated Pakistan and both teams abruptly withdrew from their respective tours without giving any evidence of “terrorist threats”, Pakistan looks ready to teach them a lesson.
It is not right to underestimate Pakistan
The reality is that for some time now this team is being treated like untouchables in world cricket. After the attack on Sri Lanka’s visiting team in 2009, Pakistan made the United Arab Emirates their home and gradually became the number one Test team, setting an example in the world of cricket. Anyway, Test has less crowd than T20 and only 70% crowd will be allowed in this tournament. But compared to other teams, Pakistan will get the most support from this crowd. As the chairman of the Pakistan Board recently pointed out, their uneasiness runs deeper because 50% of their budget comes from the ICC and 90% of the ICC’s earnings come from India.
It is clear that the tournament is entirely dependent on India (about which there is a lot of whispering), and it is also a fact that Pakistan is the only country that is not allowed to participate in the IPL (it faced a lot of humiliation in 2010). also had to do). Also, the way New Zealand and England cheated Pakistan on occasion, it seems that Pakistan will enter the field with more courage than any other team. Those who keep a close watch on international cricket know that the spirited Pakistani team is considered to be very powerful due to its strong middle order batting.
Pakistan has not lost in UAE
And it is not that Pakistan is getting this support unnecessarily. Pakistan’s team has emerged very strong in the T20 format for some time now. The Pakistani team has proved to be the fourth best performing team in the history of the tournament (since 2007, when they were runners-up) amidst the best competitive standards of the PSL. At present, he is not in third place in T20 without reason. Ever since the era of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan began (exactly two years ago), they have lost only three out of ten T20I series – to Australia, England and New Zealand.
He played eleven T20 matches in the UAE in the last five years and won every match. Actually T20 has become his strong fort. Apart from excellent skills, all kinds of new and experienced players are present in his team to give life to the game. Motivation, form and venue – all three of them can create a storm in T20 tournaments.
How are the rest of the teams?
England: England’s success in white-ball cricket under the leadership of Ouen Morgan has been spectacular. After the 2019 World Cup, the England team has played eight bilateral T20I series, and lost just one (2-3 in India). Morgan’s T20 team has come a long way as compared to other English teams. However, the kind of slow pitches seen in the IPL does not suit his playing style. Apart from the team getting injured (Stokes, Archer are injured) their squad will also be suffering from mental fatigue. Apart from Jason Roy and Moeen Ali, no English player was in good form during the IPL. Morgan himself appeared in poor form. But several key members in his squad have opted out of the IPL so that they can rest well and refresh themselves ahead of the tournament.
But the question is whether he will be able to adapt himself to the changed environment, because the sooner he gets used to it, the stronger his form will be. However, the hopes of being the favorite team are pinned on them. This tournament will certainly be a big test for them as they will not have the home crowd to cheer them on like 2019 and the flat pitches that suit their game. But his positive attitude can at least take him to the semi-finals.
India: Who is also technically the host (the tournament would have been played in India had it not been for COVID), is a strong contender. Just like England was during the 2019 World Cup. The Indian team has not lost a single T20 series in the last two years (except the second XI series against Sri Lanka). India is undoubtedly unmatched in bench strength and quality of the game, but the situation is not in their favor. Playing the second consecutive tournament after a grueling tour of England can prove to be a tough test. Especially when the problems of the senior players of the team are well known.
Rohit and Kohli are not in good form. Even if he does not open and Kohli bats at number 3, it can be said that this is not the strongest team at the moment. It will be difficult to make room for Ishan Kishan. Ashwin’s choice is beyond comprehension, so Chahal’s absence in the team is a strange thing. Apart from this, Shardul Thakur’s decision to drop Axar Patel in place of injured Hardik Pandya, who cannot even bowl, was not rational. Apart from the form of Rahul and Bumrah, the best opportunities for the team will rest on the hungry players like Suryakumar Yadav, Kishan and Varun Chakraborty.
The players who shone during the IPL (Harshal Patel, Venkatesh Iyer, Rituraj Gaikwad, etc.) could not be selected for T20, the names added would only help the team in training. Compared to the current team, the team comprising these players would have proved to be a better contender for victory. Moreover, the fatigue caused by the prolonged stretch of the COVID-bubble coupled with the current squabbles and restlessness (Kohli-Rohit case; Dhoni’s appointment as ‘mentor’) can also affect the performance of the team and the team struggle to reach the playoffs. may have to. Those hoping to replicate what happened in Australia earlier this year may be disappointed.
New Zealand: Today is the most successful all-format team in the world. Winner of the Test Championship, Runner-up in the last ODI World Cup and currently ranked No.4 in T20Is. They are not unaware of this format. It is worth noting that out of the four IPL playoff teams, three are getting the training of Kiwi coaches. As always, he is being underestimated and not many expect him to make it to the semi-finals. But some of their main players have done well in the IPL.
New Zealand’s team is one of those international teams in which many new faces are present and they also have the quality and variety to cover long distances. He has won 7 out of his last ten T20I series including the tour of Sri Lanka. He was defeated by both England and India at his home ground. But, if the injury does not affect the team, then New Zealand’s current squad is much stronger on paper. They will try their best to at least reach the final and it is possible that they will clash with Pakistan.
West Indies They are the defending champions, but after five years they are surprisingly ninth in T20Is. Despite the West Indies having the most amazing power hitters in the history of cricket, they are still far from winning. Based on their recent performance (wins in only 3 out of the last 11 T20 series), it can be said that they are not playing to their potential. Is it because there are so many star hitters in the team that they leave the responsibility of scoring runs on each other? Is there a lack of collective cohesion or leadership in the team?
West Indies have a history of playing very fast in T20 World Cup matches (which is why West Indies are the only team to win the title twice). But he will have to show more tax this time. Walsh is a good spinner but inexperienced. The absence of Narine in the team is certainly a big mistake (who was not picked because he couldn’t pass the yo-yo test; though it’s hard to believe that Gayle passed). Therefore, he will have to make a lot of effort to put the strategy of the T20 match on the field well.
If they are able to take their power-hitting batting down the order and play with a positive mindset, it can be difficult to stop them. But for this he will have to work hard, while his franchise star players are not ready for it. However, if they continue to play in a haphazard manner, it will be difficult for them to reach the semi-finals.
South Africa There could be a hidden ruthlessness in this format match – at least to reach the semi-finals. They have an underrated team but the team has steely will and innovation, which can show some good results. They have lost only once in their last six T20 tours, beating West Indies, Sri Lanka and Australia at their homes, while the case was tied in India (which is no joke). They have a very poor domestic record, but some of their key players have benefited from good practice here in the IPL.
Like some other teams they can certainly prove to be very dangerous any day. Don’t expect much from them. But this may be his greatest strength. That is, if they continue to select their playing XI on the basis of merit and not on the basis of other factors, then surely this team can do something.
Australia: Sadly, the Australian team has been far behind in this format so far. Australia are ranked 7th after losing their last five T20I series (including 1-4 defeats to West Indies and Bangladesh). In the atmosphere of COVID, the mental makeup of the team is not raising any special hopes. Warner and Smith are looking disappointingly out of form and the new conditions, which demand a “pace-off”, will not be easy for their game. His luck may rest entirely on the shoulders of Glenn Maxwell, who has been in great form in the IPL. Maxwell’s game has amazing consistency – he scores runs in every innings without dropping his strike rate. His risky shots prove to be a boon for the team.
Bangladesh: Bangladesh, standing at the sixth position, can create panic in one or two matches. But does he have the ability to create a stir in such tournaments again and again? This is a big question. Based on the historical and current evidence and the mental make-up of the team, it can be said that they will take more time. Afghanistan is at eighth place and Sri Lanka at 10th place. But both the countries can make headlines anytime by giving some kind of shock. Those who believe that the game will benefit if someone other than the Big Three (India, England, Australia) wins the tournament should know that this time the semi-final line-up features Pakistan, New Zealand and South Africa. . Therefore, it is possible that instead of the Big Three, some other country can capture this title.
If the pitches are flat, as seen in Abu Dhabi when Mumbai hosted the last IPL match (and if dew doesn’t play a big role, with the advantage of winning the toss), England and West Indies are likely to win. Will increase a lot. If the batsmen around Maxwell get in form, then Australia can also do a lot to reach the semi-finals. But England (and Australia) will still be busy in the upcoming Ashes match. There is another IPL in India in just five months. Everything is set, but will this affect the hunger for runs?
So, in this historic cricket tournament after the pandemic, where the defending champions are the second-lowest ranked team, where India is the host, Pakistan will get a home-ground-like environment where the ICC will organize matches after 16 years in tax-free Dubai. We have been successful in doing this, there we will definitely be able to capture exciting and memorable moments in our mind. At least we are confident that the match will not be interrupted due to rain.
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