ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020

T20 World Cup 2020

Over the years, Twenty20 cricket—T20 as it is also known as—has delighted audiences across the world. Cricket’s shortest official format, which traces its origins back to England in 2003, has its share of passionate following, thanks in good part to the rise of global T20 leagues such as the Indian Premier League (IPL), Big Bash League (BBL), etc. In fact, the IPL— which was created the year after India clinched the inaugural T20 World Cup 2007 (then known as ICC World Twenty20) and soon rose to prominence—is the most-attended cricket league in the world.

Now in its seventh edition, the T20 World Cup looks set to break viewership records it had set last time. Held in India in 2016, Carlos Brathwaite memorably carted England’s Ben Stokes for four consecutive sixes and, in so doing, took West Indies to their second T20 World Cup title with just two balls to spare. The cumulative in-home viewership for the event in India alone was 730 million, besides 83 million in Pakistan and 1.4 million in the United States. The final saw a peak audience of 2.4 million in the United Kingdom, a record at the time for any cricket match broadcast on Sky Sports.

The numbers on digital and social media platforms were even more staggering: 320 million views were recorded across the tournament website, app, and the ICC’s social spaces. Audience engagement on Facebook was nearly 50 million, while Twitter saw 5.75 billion tweet impressions related to the T20 World Cup.

Four years hence, it promises more. Experts, fans and cricket betting players alike have their picks and favourites ready as all eyes are on Australia, the hosts of the ICC T20 World Cup 2020. The men’s edition will take place from October 18 to November 15, 2020.

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T20 World Cup 2020 Details

Can Team India reclaim the T20 World Cup in 2020?

Since their triumph in the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, there have been 11 other ICC events (across the ICC World Cup, Champions Trophy, and T20 World Cup) and Team India has reached the knockouts seven times. To put things in perspective, the ‘Men in Blue’ have made at least the semi-final in seven of the last eight ICC tournaments, commencing with the title run at the 2011 World Cup and now, most recently, a semi-final showing in the 2019 World Cup (lost to New Zealand).

The good news? The Indian cricket team has been in promising touch at such seminal events. The not-so-good news? They haven’t been able to get over the line. Of the seven times they made the knockout rounds, they went on to win the title on just two occasions, neither of which was a T20 World Cup (2011 World Cup, 2013 Champions Trophy).

Recently, Sourav Ganguly—former captain and now president-elect of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)—stated that he’d like to see the Indian team management focus on winning more ICC events. So, it goes without saying that the topic of India’s silverware, rather the lack thereof since 2013, is an elephant in the room. The anticipation comes because of the form Indian cricketers have shown across formats. The Indian team is not new to dealing with expectations and the proverbial ‘hopes of a billion people’.

Can Virat Kohli Rally The Troops?

Virat Kohli, the current captain, is among the best batsmen in world cricket irrespective of the format and he is ably supported by the likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and his predecessor, MS Dhoni. While Dhoni may be losing his touch as a finisher, the squad has added spunk in the form of Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey and all-rounder Hardik Pandya, among others.

The bowling resources have been firing too, with Jasprit Bumrah leading the way. Not too far behind are Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal and the newly-recruited Deepak Chahar. Veterans such as Ravi Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina may not be shoo-ins, but are formidable names any day given their experience in Twenty20 cricket. What’s even more enticing is the form they have all consistently shown in a demanding tournament like the IPL year after year, which—lest one forgets—features cricket stars from other countries.

Coming to how India has fared in Twenty20 Internationals, the numbers are impressive. The Indian team has a winning (or level) record against every country it has faced, except New Zealand. Interestingly, the Blackcaps have been India’s bogey team in ICC events (the Kiwis lead 8–3 across the three different limited overs ICC tournaments). As luck has it, India and New Zealand are in separate groups in the T20 World Cup 2020 and can only face off in the semi-final or the final.

From a conditions perspective, India has played nine T20Is in Australia, winning five times and losing three times, one of which was a close affair. In fact, in each of the five wins, they had lost the toss.

Do India Have A Chance Of Winning The T20 World Cup 2020?

All said, writing off India’s chances at the T20 World Cup would be silly. Results speak for themselves. While Kohli continues to pile up runs and records with ease, he has a well-rounded unit around him which can score big and skittle the opposition. What’s more? They have proven their mettle in different conditions.

India’s T20 Head-To-Head Records

Opponent Matches Won Lost Tied No Result Win %
Afghanistan 2 2 0 0 0 100%
Australia 20 11 8 0 1 57.89%
Bangladesh 8 8 0 0 0 100%
England 14 7 7 0 0 50%
Ireland 3 3 0 0 0 100%
New Zealand 11 3 8 0 0 27.27%
Pakistan 8 6 1 1 0 81.25%
Scotland 1 0 0 0 1 N/A
South Africa 15 9 6 0 0 60%
Sri Lanka 16 11 5 0 0 68.75%
UAE 1 0 0 0 0 100%
West Indies 14 8 5 0 1 61.53%
Zimbabwe 7 5 2 0 0 71.42%

Betting Odds: Who is the favourite going in to T20 World Cup 2020

Betting markets have been offering attractive odds for T20 World Cup 2020. They will get busier as the tournament nears.

Australia has been a challenge for touring teams. But the hosts are under pressure themselves for they have never won a T20 World Cup. While playing conditions will favour them, here are some of the cricket betting odds for the ten top teams.

Australia (host) 11/4
India 7/2
England 9/2
New Zealand 7/1
South Africa 13/2
West Indies (defending champion) 9/1
Pakistan 10/1
Sri Lanka 25/1
Afghanistan 50/1
Bangladesh 100/1

Successful teams in T20 World Cup history and in T20 International cricket

Across six previous editions, five nations have hoisted Twenty20 International cricket’s most coveted trophy. West Indies is the only team to have won the T20 World Cup more than once, having triumphed in 2012 (defeated Sri Lanka) and 2016 (defeated England). Overall, surprisingly, the men in maroon only have a 46.3% winning record in the format. In World Cup matches, their record is a credible 58.3%.

Sri Lanka, champions in 2014 (defeated India) and two-time runners-up (2009 and 2012), have a 64.3% win percentage in T20 World Cup games, and 50.42% overall.

Timeless rivals India (63.7%) and Pakistan (62.7%) are among the most successful teams in all of Twenty20 International cricket and have each won the T20 World Cup once. India beat Pakistan in the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007, a last over thriller no less, and Pakistan triumphed in the second staging of the event in 2009 (defeated Sri Lanka).

Meanwhile, South Africa’s cricketing woes have continued in the game’s shortest format. While they boast a respectable 60.1% win percentage overall, they are yet to reach the final of a T20 World Cup, let alone win it.

Australia Is Still Looking For Their First T20 World Cup

England, the only other winner of the T20 World Cup in 2012 (defeated Australia) have a 51.9% record, whereas Australia—giants of Test and One Day International cricket, and hosts of the T20 World Cup 2020—are still searching for their first title. The Aussies have a winning percentage of 53.5% and New Zealand, their Trans-Tasman rivals, come in at 52.1%.

Bangladesh has the lowest win percentage (33.3%) among the ten best teams in the format. Afghanistan might have the best ratio (68%), but most of their wins have come against minor countries such as Ireland, Scotland, Zimbabwe and UAE among others. It must be noted that they have beaten Bangladesh four times from six outings, but are collectively 1–11 against the other nations in the top 10 (yet to play Australia and New Zealand).

In recent times, Pakistan has reigned atop ICC’s Twenty20 International cricket rankings. Shoaib Malik, who was the first man to play 100 T20Is, is among the most successful run scorers in the format, while the likes of Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal have made merry with the ball. The four were instrumental during the victorious 2010 campaign, but only Malik (now almost 38 years old) remains active. Pakistan continue to hold firm. The exploits of Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman with the bat, and Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan with the ball, make them formidable opponents.

T20 World Cup 2020 Betting Tips and FAQ

What is the difference between ODI and Twenty20 cricket?

First and foremost, ODI cricket sees each team play 50 overs, while Twenty20 cricket—as the name suggests—is 20 overs a side. Power hitting is prominent in T20 cricket and the format is more dynamic: players need to be extremely proactive. Hence it is imperative for bowlers, especially, to inject variation. While the condition of the pitch is crucial in both formats, given the duration of an ODI game, reading the pitch becomes all the more important as changes in conditions become more apparent.

Leading men’s run-scorers in T20I cricket

Rank Player Runs scored Average/Strike Rate
1 Virat Kohli (IND) 2,450 50.00/135.28
2 Rohit Sharma (IND) 2,443 32.14/136.55
3 Martin Guptill (NZ) 2,283 33.57/132.42
4 Shoaib Malik (PAK) 2,263 30.58/124.06
5 Brendon McCullum (NZ) 2,140 35.66/136.21

Average for batsmen: runs per innings

Strike Rate for batsmen: runs per 100 balls

Leading men’s wicket takers in T20I cricket

Rank Player Wickets taken Average/Strike Rate
1 Lasith Malinga (SL) 104 19.02/15.7
2 Shahid Afridi (PAK) 98 24.44/22.1
3 Shakib Al Hasan (BAN) 92 20.58/18.1
4 Umar Gul (PAK) 85 16.97/14.1
5 Saeed Ajmal (PAK) 85 17.83/16.8

Average for bowlers: runs per wicket

Strike rate for bowlers: balls per wicket

ICC Men’s T20I Rankings

Rank Team Batsman Bowler All Rounder
1 Pakistan Babar Azam (PAK) Rashid Khan (AFG) Glenn Maxwell (AUS)
2 England Glenn Maxwell (AUS) Imad Wasim (PAK) Shakib Al Hasan (BAN)
3 South Africa Colin Munro (NZ) Adil Rashid (ENG) Mohammad Nabi (AFG)
4 India Aaron Finch (AUS) Shadab Khan (PAK) Richard Berrington (SCO)
5 Australia Hazratullah Zazai (AFG) Mitchell Santner (NZ) Mahmudullah (BAN)
6 New Zealand D’Arcy Short (AUS) Adam Zampa (AUS) Sean Williams (ZIM)
7 Sri Lanka Alex Hales (ENG) Andile Phehlukwayo (SA) Kevin O’Brien (IRE)
8 Afghanistan Rohit Sharma (IND) Shakib Al Hasan (BAN) Paul Stirling (IRE)
9 West Indies KL Rahul

(IND)

Mujeeb Ur Rahman (AFG) JP Duminy

(SA)

10 Bangladesh Virat Kohli

(IND)

Ish Sodhi

(NZ)

Thisara Perera (SL)