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Indian fans react as Michael Vaughan predicts Australia or England to win T20 World Cup 2020

'Bumrah bowls for India in 18th and 20th overs,' a user tweeted.

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan. (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images for Laureus)

Former England captain Michael Vaughan on Sunday predicted the probable winners of the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia next October-November. And soon the former batsman came under fire from Indian supporters for not choosing India among his favourites. The 45-year-old backed his own country and Australia as the probable winners of the next edition of the T20 World Cup.

England had a remarkable win over New Zealand in a five-match T20I series on Sunday when they won the deciding match in the super over, repeating their historic feat in the 50-over World Cup final earlier this year. After the match ended in a tie with both sides scoring 146 runs, the Three Lions went on to win the super over by nine runs.

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England are ranked third in the T20Is as per the ICC’s latest rankings while Australia, who recently defeated Sri Lanka and Pakistan in T20Is at home, were at the second position. The Kangaroos have played eight T20Is in 2019 and have won seven of them while one was inconclusive.

Here’s Michael Vaughan’s tweet

India, who are ranked fifth in the shortest format, haven’t had smooth sailing in the same over since 2018 beginning. While they beat South Africa, England and the West Indies in their dens, they lost to New Zealand on their soil and to Australia at home. Recently, they drew South Africa in a T20I series at home. And India went on to win a series against Bangladesh.

India, England have won T20 World Cup once each; Australia yet to win

India won the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup under Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s leadership in 2007 while England won it under Paul Collingwood’s captaincy in 2010. Both teams also ended up as the runners-up twice — in 2014 and 2016, respectively. Australia’s best result at the T20 World Cup so far has been ending up as the runners-up in 2010 when they lost to arch-rivals England in the West Indies. The T20 World Cup will be played next year from October 18 – November 15.

Here are some reactions that the Twitterati came up with against Vaughan’s prediction:

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