Friday, April 30, 2010

ICC T20 World Cup: Who is Favorite?

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Twenty20 (T20) Cricket seems to have overshadowed the International Cricket. After 42-day extravaganza of IPL, Twenty20 World Cup (T20 World Cup-2010) is going to start from April 30.

This year will see the third edition of T20 World Cup. The inaugural T20 World Cup was won by India in 2008 when they beat archrival Pakistan in the Final. The second Twenty20 World Cup was won by Pakistan, beating Sri Lanka in the Final. This year T20 World Cup will be played in West Indies.

The question everyone is asking now is who will win the Twenty20 World Cup-2010. The answer, of course, is not easy!

Pakistan has the best record in Twenty20 World Cup, they are the only team to reach the final of the first two T20 World Cup tournaments, could only won the last T20 World Cup in 2009. Pakistan also has the best winning ratio in Twenty20 World Cup with 22 wins, 7 losses and 1 no-result.  However, Pakistan team for Twenty20 World Cup-2010 misses key senior players due to injuries/bans. Shahid Afridi, the skipper, is sure to make his team fight hard to win Twenty20 World Cup-2010.

Another favorite of T20 World Cup-2010 is India. India also has the privilege
to win the First T20 World Cup in 2008. For third T20 World Cup, team India is still favorites despite the unavailability of the master batter Virendar Sehwag.

MS Dhoni, the proud Chennai captain (that won IPL-2010) is not too optimistic about T20 World Cup. Some critics believe IPL will not help India in Twenty20 World Cup. In fact, IPL fatigue might create problems for Team India in T20 World Cup-2010. India will have to work hard to win T20 World Cup-2010.

To me, another favorite for Twenty20 World Cup-2010 is Sri Lanka, another South Asian team. SL is the only third team to reach the final of T20 World Cup so far. Sangakara-led SL is always a favorite for the T20 World Cup. A mixture of experience and young legs, SL has all the rights to lift the trophy of T20 World Cup-2010.

The records suggest the South Asian teams have dominant power in the T20 World Cup. Luckily for them, the wicket and conditions in third T20 World Cup in WI will support them too. It is widely believed that Spin bowling will play a crucial role in the Twenty20 World Cup.

With every passing day, Twenty20 cricket is getting bigger. This year’s Twenty20 World Cup is also bigger and more challenging. Keeping in mind the format of Twenty20 Cricket, its next to impossible to predict the winners. Therefore, it is highly believed that most of the teams will fancy their chances to lift the Twenty20 World Cup trophy.

My favorite teams are: Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka. 

Which are your Favorite teams in Twenty20 World Cup-2010? Tell in your COMMENTS!

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