India go in as one of the top three teams that can win the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup which starts on 17 Oct and runs till 14 Nov in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). India, England and the West Indies who are the defending champions have a good chance to win the T20 World Cup.
India definitely has an edge going into the T20 World Cup as the second part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is currently taking place in the UAE. The 2021 IPL is set to conclude on 15 October and is the perfect platform for India to go in fully prepared to the T20 World Cup.
The 2021 IPL does provide an ideal platform provided you are having a good run in the IPL.
Unfortunately, a number of young players who are part of the Indian T20 squad for the world cup are struggling in the IPL and this does not bode well for India.
India selected a strong squad for the T20 World Cup which includes talented players like Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan who both play for the Mumbai Indians. The two players have struggled in the second part of the IPL and as a result Mumbai Indians are in the bottom half of the IPL points table and now need to win their next four games in order to qualify for the IPL playoffs.
The form of Hardik Pandya who also plays for the Mumbai Indians is under the scanner along with Mumbai Indian’s skipper Rohit Sharma. With four key players struggling into the 2021 IPL, it is indeed a concern for India.
Internal Issues Over Captaincy
When you look at betting on the 2021 T20 World Cup, you definitely need to factor internal issues. There are underlying tensions in the Indian dressing room with Virat Kohli announcing that he would give up the T20 captaincy after the World Cup. The BCCI has not announced his replacement but it looks like R Sharma will take over.
While the two players have a cordial relationship, there have been tensions in the past between the two. India will need to put these things behind them and play as a team. If they cannot look past these issues, we think India will struggle to make it to the T20 World Cup finals.