There is plenty of cricket taking place in 2021 due to the disruptions that the Covid-19 pandemic caused in 2020, but the highlight of the cricketing calendar year will be the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. This tournament was originally planned to take place in Australia in 2020, but it has now been moved to India and will take place in October and November 2021. What makes this tournament so exciting is that there are a number of teams who generally believe that they can lift the trophy, and this will just raise the stake in cricket betting online! Below we take a look at the T20 World Cup 2021 and predict who we think will win it.
World Cup T20 2021 Teams and Qualification
The ICC Full Members ranked in the top 9 in the rankings plus India as hosts qualified directly for the T20 World Cup 2021, while six other countries had to go through qualifiers to book their place at this prestigious tournament.
India, Pakistan, England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Afghanistan, and the West Indies will start the tournament in the Super 12s, while the other eight teams will take part in the group stage. The teams in the group stage will be Ireland, Sri Lanka, Oman, and Papua New Guinea in Group A, while Group B will be made up of Namibia, the Netherlands, Scotland, and Bangladesh.
The top two teams from each group will join the eight other teams in the Super 12 stage.
World Cup Group Stage Prediction
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are the standout teams in the group stage and should easily make it through to the Super 12s. In fact, we would be pretty surprised if both teams did not top their respective groups with consummate ease. We fancy the Netherlands and Ireland to also qualify for the Super 12s, but we would not be too surprised if Namibia qualified at the expense of one of them.
World Cup Super 12s Prediction
The top two teams from Group A will join Pakistan, Australia, West Indies and New Zealand in Group 1. The top two teams from Group B will join India, England, Afghanistan, and South Africa in Group 2.
At the time of writing, England, Australia, Pakistan, and India are the top four ranked teams and many believe that one of these teams will go on to lift the trophy.
Michael Vaughan, a former England captain, believes that India and England will compete in the final, and that England will win the T20 World Cup in 2021.
England recently played a 5-match T20 series in India and before the decider, Vaughan tweeted the following:
“I reckon today’s T20 final could be the T20 World Cup final in eight months…At the same venue…England to win…”
Our T20 World Cup 2021 Betting Prediction
India were favorites to win the last T20 World Cup tournament, but they came up against an inspired West Indies team in the semis. With this event being played on home soil, they will definitely fancy their chances of being the first hosts to lift the trophy.
We definitely fancy their chances of lifting the title too, but we certainly cannot rule out England lifting the T20 World Cup trophy for the second time. Like Michael Vaughan, we also believe that the T20 World Cup final will be contested between India and England, and we feel that the vaster experience that the Indian players have playing in high pressure situations in the IPL will see them over the finish line, but not by much. India to win the 2021 T20 World Cup.
Whatever the outcome of this tournament, one thing is for certain and that it that we will all be highly entertained!