For every Indian, cricket is a sensation that supersedes anything and everything in their life. If Indians devote their unconditional passion to something, it is only cricket. After the pandemic, when most of the matches in the stadium were shut down, these fanatics had to confide their love for the game on online platforms.
During this time, fantasy cricket games became very popular worldwide as they provided the only connection to the sport for ardent fans. Here people could choose their players based on their performance and participate in a fantasy cricket league to win awesome rewards and prizes.
In this post-covid scenario, everything has gotten back on track and is trying to catch up to its earlier pace. In this new decade, fans can visit the stadiums again and enjoy live matches with friends. Since the T20 World Cup is just around the corner, let us go through a list of top contenders that have a chance at grabbing the much-awaited 2022 T20 champion’s title.
At the moment, New Zealand is the top international team that has the best players in the upcoming T20 series. They showcased their talent by winning an astonishing five-wicket over England last year. However, the last five years have also shown the Black Caps to slowly improve their performance in all-rounder fields and push in the right players for every tournament format. As a result, New Zealand only lost to England in the final of the 2019 ODI World Cup due to a simple boundary count.
The team’s top players and individual players are skipper Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill. They are extremely well in their respective positions and hold the match tightly wherever there is a large target to achieve. However, the team does not completely rely on them for all the moral support, and if they were to falter, Jimmy Neesham and Daryl Mitchell are more than capable of picking up the mantle. In addition, the bowlers are more than competent to put up a great show against the top batsmen. In 2022, it will take more than hard work to beat this New Zealand team, who are in their absolute prime.
As game creators, they have lived up to their names in most of the tournaments of yesteryear. Still going strong at second place, England has delivered in some of the greatest recent games that supplant them in this position. In 2019 they showed their grit and strength as the calmest player by grabbing a smooth win at the 2019 ODI from under the noses of the New Zealanders. The most mentionable player on the team is Chris Woakes, a terrific bowler with legendary precision. Amidst the English cavalry, he is a force to be reckoned with. Dawid Malan is another great batsman who has contributed to the victory of the English team in the new decade and proved his worth as a great opener for most of the international matches. With Eoin Morgan as the captain, the squad will surely achieve some herculean feats this year in the world cup.
The reigning champion of the T20 World cup has been Australia for the last few installments. The team consists of Aaron Finch, who is set to demolish any team with his unchallenged captaincy in the last couple of years. As the captain, he is young and perfect to lead this year’s T20 team.
The leading specialist batsmen in the team are Aaron Finch, Steve Smith, and David Warner, along with four all-rounders that keep things in balance. Another new addition to the team this year is Josh Inglis, whose recent performance has readily prompted his selection to the national team.
On the bowling side Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, and Mitchell Swepson create a strong element that adds a sort of good defense to the team that is bent on most aggressive players. Australia is tough to beat this year with their all-rounder stars, and opponents need to find out the right loopholes in their armor to even make a dent in their perfect plays.
The team of India comes in fourth on the list, but it is not to be underestimated. The incredible celebrity of a player, Virat Kohli, is leading the team in this format. He has stunned worldwide audiences more than often with his devoted game style and committed captaincy. However, in recent news, after failing to perform in an important game, K.L Rahul has been replaced in the team by Ruturaj Gaikwad, who has performed exceptionally well in the T20 matches. It is with high hope that the other players in the Indian team are banking on his recent performances in IPL so that he can deliver equally in the crucial international games.
The last dramatic win for India was in 2019 when they played against West Indies and won ODI and T20I by 3-1 and 20-1, respectively. The condition of India does not look the best as in the past they have had much better form. One can hope they improve their performances in the coming few months and cover up any lingering weaknesses before the October World Cup.
Staying honest about their age-old rivalry Pakistan comes right next to India on the list as a possible contender for the T20 cup. Babar Azam is a hot player in their arsenal, and his average of 73.42 in the last 7 test innings proves that he is a player who is consistently evolving. In these matches, he could also score four hundred in the cumulative of all games. Another specialist batsman in the Pakistan team is Mohammad Rizwan, a terrific wicketkeeper. People could say that what Dhoni is to India, Rizwan is to Pakistan. The bowling lineup is a bit weak for the new Pakistan side, and they need to work on it in the next few months if they want to surprise the other top teams. With other decent batsmen and a decent track record in the past year, Pakistan can make a possible impact in this year’s T20 installment.
In the upcoming world cup, choosing your favorite from the roster is very dicey as most of the teams have peak performers lined up to play their best games in every match. Given the present circumstances, anything could happen, and even an underdog can emerge as a probable champion. The pandemic has seemingly impacted the players’ performance, and all of them are pushing hard to make a difference, make up for the lost time, and give fans the best show. This list is handpicked after careful observation and displays the condition of all the present international teams and their chances in October 2022.