T20 World Cup 2021: Five reasons why India can win the tournament

T20 World Cup 2021: Five reasons why India can win the tournament

India last won the T20 World Cup in 2007 under MS Dhoni's leadership.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

The upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is going to begin on October 17 in Oman and UAE. It is at this stage where a player’s caliber, mettle and adaptability are tested the most. How well the team has performed in the past does not matter as any team can beat one of the stronger teams during the global event. The format of the T20 is also very unpredictable, and within few balls, the course of the match changes. So as cliché as it may sound it, is not over unless it is over.

As per the predictions of many experts, India, West Indies, and England are favorites to win the seventh edition of the T20 World Cup. All the above-mentioned teams have won the previous editions and know a thing or two about winning crunch games under pressure. But this time the majority of experts have gone with India as favorites due to their tremendous form and X-factor players.

The T20 World Cup will be played in UAE, which comparatively aids spinners more than the pacers. The BCCI selectors have naturally packed the squad with five frontline spinners and have opted to go with horses for courses formula. Apart from that, even the batting looks good, with usual suspects like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma controlling the innings well together. India does look strong and should be optimistic of bagging their second title after winning the inaugural edition in 2007.

Meanwhile, here are 5 reason why India are favorites to win the T20 World Cup 2021:

1. MS Dhoni as a mentor

MS Dhoni of India  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

The BCCI selectors bowled a googly of sorts and announced MS Dhoni as the mentor for the upcoming T20 World Cup. In the past six editions of the global event, the 40-year-old led India, and during this edition, he will play the role of a mentor. Without a doubt, Dhoni remains the best tactician of the game. His understanding of the pitches,  conditions, and players makes him one of the best.

The way he has led CSK in the ongoing IPL is a testimony to the fact that how well he has captained the side.
During one of the games played at Sharjah, Dhoni told the bowlers to maintain tight lines and lengths as the odd balls were keeping low. The bowlers followed what the captain said and restricted the opponent to a manageable total.

It is this very sound understanding of the game that Dhoni will bring to the table when he will be in charge of team India as the mentor. India skipper Virat Kohli also trusts him, and that is one of the crucial factors that will work well for the team. It is no guarantee that Dhoni’s presence will bring India the World Cup but one thing is sure there will be a sense of calmness in the proceedings.