After a yearlong delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic and change of host nation twice, we are all set for the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. The tournament which was scheduled to be held in Australia in November 2020 had to be postponed and was to be held in India. However, the rise of Covid-19 chases in India led to a change in venue for the second time and the tournament has been shifted to the United Arab Emirates and is all set to start on October 17, 2021.
This will be the 7th edition of the tournament and one held after the longest gap with the last edition being played back in 2016. At BettingTop10 we are all geared up to cover this tournament which is expected to see intense competition being preceded by the Caribbean Premier League and the remaining games of the Indian Premier League also to be played in UAE. We shall bring to you the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 betting tips and ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 predictions for all the 45 games during this tournament.
Our cricket analysts have been closely keeping track of the progress of all the teams in the lead up to this tournament. The tournament is expected to see high scoring and competitive games as the United Arab Emirates is known for having the best batting conditions in the world. We shall keep the progress of the sides in the lead up to this tournament covering other leagues and bring to you the best ICC T20 betting tips to help you multiply your stakes during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.
T20 is the most exciting format of the game and one that is filled with uncertainty. We have already seen five different winners in the six editions of the tournament. There have been teams like India, Pakistan and West Indies that have produced consistent performances in this tournament while others have largely been in the periphery. However, this format of the game is always known to throw its surprises and here we look at the past performances of the side which might have a clue into their prospects in this edition of the tournament.
|This will be the 4th appearance for the side in this tournament and captain Pieter Seelaar would have his eyes set on the qualification into Round 2 of the tournament. They come here as the winners of the 2019 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier and there would be lots of expectations from the side which has players like Ben Cooper, Max O’Dowd and Roelof van der Merwe who have proved their talent in recent games.
|They have played in three previous editions of the tournament but never gone beyond the 1st Round. But Kyle Coetzer’s side would be one to watch out for in this edition as most of their players have done well in the last couple of years in different T20 leagues. They have a group of good T20 players that include the likes of Matthew Cross, Callum MacLeod, Tom Sole, Matthew Cross and Alasdair Evans and good performances would be expected from them.
|The side had debuted in the 2016 edition of the tournament and had registered its first win in the tournament. However, this wasn’t enough to take them to the next round. They were knocked out in the semi-final playoffs during the 2019 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier, but Zeeshan Maqsood’s side did show good promise during the tournament. The side would hope to see the likes of Aqib Illyas, Sandeep Goud and Suraj Kumar delivering in this tournament.
|They were one of the powerhouses among the minnows and have constantly done well in the ICC tournaments. They have played in all editions of the tournament barring the inaugural season and would be one of the sides to watch out for. Andrew Balbirnie would like his side to make it to the 2nd Round and he would count on the likes of Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Gareth Delany, Boyd Rankin and Harry Tector to work the magic for the side.
|This will be the first appearance for the side in the ICC T20 World Cup and this would be a proud moment for Assad Vala who has led his side from the front during the 2019 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier where they finished runner-up. It will be interesting to see how the likes of Charles Amini, Kiplin Doriga, Jason Kila and Lega Saika play as they are now in the league of big boys playing against the best in the world.
|Gerhard Erasmus would be debuting in this world, and it would be after an 18-year gap that the side would be part of the elite ICC tournament having played last in the 2003 50-over World Cup in South Africa. They had finished 4th in the 2019 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier and shall look to make it to the 2nd Round here. The side has promising players like Stephan Baard, Zane Green, JJ Smit and Jan Fryllinck who would like to prove their talent here.
|They won the tournament in 2014 and finished runner-up in 2009 and 2012, but Sri Lankan cricket has been on a downward slide over the last four years. The fact that they would have to play the qualifier round bears testimony to their drop in form. Dasun Shanaka would like to take it step by step and look to make it to the 2nd Round and do well from thereon. Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Wanindu De Silva and Lakshan Sandakan would have to rise to the challenge for the side to do well.
|Mahmudullah wouldn’t have liked being part of Round 1 of the tournament but their poor performances over the last few years have hit them hard. However, their recent show would serve as an encouragement for the side. The side has never made it to the knockouts of the tournament, and this would be the first aim in Mahmudullah’s mind. They have some of the best players in this format of the game including the likes of Shakib al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mustafizur Rahman and Mehedi Hasan and on their day they can defeat any side. The conditions in UAE would suit their style of play.
|Since winning the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2007, their wait for a second title remains unfulfilled. They were semi-finalists in the last edition and runner-up in 2014. Given the quality of players and bench strength Virat Kohli’s side has they would start favourites in the tournament. They have star performers like Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja in the side. However, Kohli would like to get over the jinx of failures in finals that has dogged them since their title win in the ICC Champions Trophy back in 2013. They have lost three semifinals and three finals in ICC events since then.
|Runner-up in 2007, champions in 2009 and semi-finalists in the next two editions, Babar Azam’s side has been quite a powerhouse in this event. However, in the last two editions, the side has failed to make it to the knockouts, and they would be looking to get over this here. They have been a good T20 side over the last few years and have good knowledge of the conditions in the UAE. Along with Azam the likes of Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez and Imad Wasim the side has a bunch of good players in this format of the game.
|They won the 50-over World Cup record five times but haven’t been able to crack the T20 puzzle. They failed to qualify for the semi-finals in the last edition and their best performances came in 2007 and 2012 where they made it to the Semis. The recent form of the side in this format hasn’t been too encouraging but Aaron Finch would like to lay his hands on the maiden title. They would like to see a strong show from players like David Warner, Steven Smith, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell to end this draught.
|They had won the title back in 2010 and finished runner up in 2016. It was quite a heartbreaking loss for the side against the West Indies in the final where they were undone by the heroics of Craig Braithwaite. Eoin Morgan would have different plans this time as he hunts for the title which would be quite an achievement after their 50-over World Cup title in 2019. They have players like Dawid Malan, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran who will look to make it tough for the opposition.
|The side has always struggled in ICC events and this tournament has been no different. They have been in the semi-finals twice in 2009 and 2014 but the young Temba Bavuma would like to get rid of the chokers’ tag this year. They aren’t in the best of form in this format over the last two years and there is lots of work to do for the team. They would count in players like Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde and David Miller to script history in the tournament.
|They won the ICC Test Championship recently, their biggest trophy to date and skipper Kane Williamson would like to add another jewel to the crown with their maiden title in this tournament. They have been semi-finalists twice and shall look to go beyond that this time around. The side has several good players among its ranks including Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, Trent Boult, Colin Munro and Glenn Phillips and the onus would be on them to deliver.
|Kieron Pollard would like his side to start from where they had left in the last edition of the tournament. The defending champions would come here with their confidence high having some of the best players in this format of the game in their squad. With two title wins, they are the most successful team in the tournament’s history and players like Andre Russell, Shimron Hetmyer and Evin Lewis would like to have a crack at their opponents. However, Pollard would like to guard against complacency which has always troubled the side.
|With all doom and gloom back home with the country torn by war, the Afghan side would like to heal some wounds with their performance in the tournament. This will be their fourth straight appearance in the tournament, and they would look to improve their show which hasn’t been great so far. Rashid Khan would look to lead his side with pride, and they have several exciting players in their ranks that include the likes of Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb ur Rahman and Hashmatullah Shahidi.
The best T20 stars from around the world will feature in the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. As the role of data analytics in cricket increases, more teams now include player matchups in their strategies. The role of individual players is better defined and it allows them to focus on delivering what is expected of them. This has resulted in an abundance of match-winning players around the world.
Here are some of the top impact players to watch out for in the upcoming tournament –
|India has never won any ICC trophy under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, the greatest batsman of the modern era. Kohli announced that he will be stepping down as the T20 captain post-2021 T20 World Cup. And as such, this tournament has gained a lot more significance for Kohli and the Men in Blue. His batting has come under scrutiny lately due to his lack of big scores in Tests and in IPL.
Nevertheless, the numbers speak highly of the number 4 T20I batsman in the world. In 2021, Kohli has scored 231 runs in 5 T20I innings at an average of 115.50. He will be in a key role as India’s number 3 batsman and his attacking approach to the game as a captain will also be a deciding factor in India’s World Cup journey.
|The New Zealand skipper may not have the best numbers as Virat Kohli in 2021, but has a proven record of winning matches for his IPL franchise. In 2020, Kane Williamson amassed 218 runs in 5 innings averaging 54.50 at a strike rate of 155.71. He also delivered some impactful knocks in the UAE for SRH in the 2020 IPL season.
While there are many upcoming T20 stars in the NZ squad such as Glen Phillips, Tim Seifert, and Devon Conway, the experience of Kane Williamson in the middle will be of most importance. In a run-chase, there is no other batter more reliable than Kane Williamson. New Zealand will play India in Dubai on 31st October and Kane Williamson will be the one to watch out for in the NZ camp.
|A strong finisher known for his unorthodox style of batting and the ability to hit the ball all around the park, Glenn Maxwell is a force to reckon with. His recent figures at the international stage may not speak highly of the batting all-rounder, but his current form in the IPL is a sign for the rest of the teams to brace themselves for the Maxwell impact.
Following a poor run in the 2020 season of IPL, Maxwell completely turned things around, becoming the 5th highest run-getter in the league stage in 2021. Along with Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell will be a crucial figure in the Australian middle-order. His familiarity with the conditions in the UAE will give Australia an edge over other teams in their group.
|Jos Buttler has been in tremendous form in the last couple of years in the limited-overs format. The wicket-keeper batsman from Somerset, England has scored 320 runs at an average of 53.33 in 2021. Along with his teammate, Jonny Bairstow, Buttler also has experience playing in UAE during the previous IPL season.
In a star-studded team that features big-hitting batters throughout the order, Jos Buttler has carved his own place. He has the ability to play a longer inning and will be key in run-chases. His role will be particularly significant given the struggle of their skipper Eoin Morgan to score runs in the T20 format of late.
|The Trinidadian batting all-rounder has been very impressive in T20Is in the last year. His scoring rate has been very high irrespective of the opposition and his 6-balls 6 sixes against Sri Lanka at home were the highlight of his year in T20Is. It is not just his big-hitting that has made the biggest impact for his national team and T20 franchises, but his ability to provide breakthroughs at key moments in the match is also noteworthy.
Pollard’s form will be very important for West Indies as they start their title defence. While there is no dearth of talented T20 players in the West Indies squad, Pollard’s role as a match-finisher has great significance. Andre Russell’s fitness has been a concern not only for Windies but also for his T20 franchise, KKR. As such, the team cannot rely completely on Russell for his services as a finisher, and Pollard, being the leader of the pack, will be responsible for adding finishing touches to the team total.
Punters already have their eyes set in on the outright winners’ market for the ICC Men’s World Cup 2021. The bookmakers have already worked on their outright winner odds and there are not too many surprises considering the recent form of the 16 teams that would be part of the tournament. Here are the outright winner odds for the tournament –
The tournament would be played in two stages with 8 teams divided into two groups taking part in Round 1 with the Top 4 progressing into Round 2 to battle it out with the bigger sides. There would be 45 games in all played during the tournament. Here is the schedule –
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 is expected to get bigger and better this edition with most sides coming here riding good form. We expect to see close contests during the tournament where matches are likely to be decided on thin margins. At Betting Top 10 we are all geared up to bring you 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup match predictions for all the games during the tournament and shall keep a close eye on the progress of the teams.
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