Once thought of as a glorified hit and giggle, Twenty20 cricket has established itself as one of the most popular and respected formats in the sport over the past decade. Its non-stop action and unpredictability has inspired the next generation of cricket fans – and those fans will have the opportunity to witness the best in the world go head-to-head in October and November when the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup gets underway.
Taking place in Australia, there are a number of nations who have a real shot of winning it – and with that in mind – read on as we take a look at who the bookies believe are the three greatest chances.
Looking for back-to-back World Cups, the t20 world cup odds favourites Australia will be hoping their home-field advantage and overall depth will prove the difference. Known for their stellar pace attack which includes elite seamers Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc – that shouldn’t be an area of concern for the Andrew McDonald-coached outfit. It’s their batting line-up that will need to be on-song.
There’s no doubting the prowess that David Warner, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis possess with the willow – however – it’s their consistency which has at times let their team down. If they can remain diligent at the crease and play to the best of their ability, there’s a good chance that Australia can justify their favourites tag and further add to their laundry list of cricketing silverware.
Subcontinent teams always remain a threat – particularly in a knockout tournament. One such team who will be hard to beat is India, a nation that consistently provides a production line of incredibly talented cricketers. This year’s World Cup is no different, as their squad is yet again a strong mix of experience and youth that will be sure to cause opponents plenty of problems.
Many fans and pundits will be watching on with great interest as to how superstar Virat Kohli performs. Widely regarded as one of the generation’s greatest players, the 34-year-old has experienced a rough run of form – which has seen him record just one century across all three formats in 2021 and 2022 to date. However, Kohli is the last player you want to write off – and if he can turn the clock back and perform at the level he was prior to the pandemic – India is a huge danger.
If you look at their form across all three formats, the English cricket team are in exceptional shape heading into the World Cup. The newfound confidence the team has played with under the stewardship of recently appointed coach Brendon McCullum is profound – and if the members of their squad can maintain the form they exhibited over the summer – you could make the argument that they deserve to be the favourites.
Their batting line-up in particular is a daunting challenge for any bowling attack, with Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan and Ben Stokes heading up one of the most talented top orders in the entire tournament.
For those who are after some cricket tips, South Africa, Pakistan and New Zealand have also been heavily backed, with the three nations garnering pre-tournament odds of 7/1, 8/1 and 8/1 respectively.