‘India are definitely capable of winning the T20 World Cup 2020’ – Brian Lara
India, who hosted the last T20 World Cup, went into the tournament as massive favourites but a couple of no-balls in the semi-finals were enough to oust them from the competition.
Updated - Jan 2, 2020 1:31 pm
The year 2020 is finally upon us. And, for all cricket lovers, 2020 should be a year of riveting, pulsating and edge-of-a-seat Twenty20 Cricket. Just like in 2019 were the increased focus of all the sides was on building up for the marquee fifty-over World Cup in England, the year 2020 will be about team’s re-jigging their jigsaw puzzle masquerading as T20I squads as they aim to lift the coveted trophy when the T20 World Cup kicks off Down Under in October.
Twenty20 is a format where its dangerous to predict anything. It is such a fickle format that a game can change in a matter of a few balls, let alone overs or spells. And, we have seen that in the past. India, who hosted the last T20 World Cup, went into the tournament as massive favourites but a couple of no-balls in the semi-finals were enough to oust them from the competition.
Four years later, India’s weakest format is probably T20 cricket. However, former West Indian legendary batsmen have tipped the Men in Blue as one of the favourites to lift the T20 World Cup in Australia.
“I think they are definitely capable of winning all tournaments that they play. I think what Virat Kohli and company and the Indian team has to appreciate the fact that everybody sort of target India. Everybody knows that some point of time one team is going to play that important match against India. If it’s a quarter-final, semi-final and final,” Lara was quoted as saying by India Today.
India has ample opportunities to prepare for the T2O World Cup
Team India is yet to zero-in on the ideal combination in T20 cricket, but they’ll have enough opportunities leading into the event, to try and sort out the balance of their set-up. The Men in Blue will play three T20Is at the start of the year against the visiting Sri Lankans, following which they’ll travel to New Zealand where they’ll compete in their first-ever five-match T20I series.
The series against New Zealand will be followed by a string of T20Is in Sri Lanka before all the Asian teams converge for Asia Cup T20I. Post the Asia Cup, the Men in Blue will play three T20Is against England and as many games in Australia before the marquee tournament gets underway.