The T20 World Cup 2021 is finally going to make a return after a long delay. The tournament had been scheduled to take place last year but was pushed back due to unavoidable circumstances.
It will be the seventh edition of the tournament. The Indian team won the first World Cup. It influenced the course of cricket history and gave birth to the Indian Premier League and other T20 leagues. Also, as T20 cricket started being taken more seriously, fans started getting interested in this format as well.
The West Indies team has won the T20 World Cup twice, with three of the six editions was won by an Asian team. Will West Indies be able to make it three, or will we see a new champion?
Let’s analyze the makeup of each team for the T20 World Cup 2021 and see which one has more potential to win the game.
10. Afghanistan (6/10)
Mohammed Nabi, who is the number one T20 all-rounder, will lead the Afghanistan team. Earlier, Rashid Khan was selected to be the captain of the 18-member squad. However, he resigned immediately from this position.
There have been a series of changes to the squad. Dawlat Zadran and Sharafuddin Ashraf have been left out. They will travel with the team as reserves. Fareed Ahmed is also the member of the 15-man squad.
Afghanistan has three of the best spinners in the limited-overs format in the form of Rashid Khan, Nabi, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman. They should be able to exploit the slow pitches in UAE.
Afghanistan’s bowling unit is pretty decent. The issue with the Afghan national team is their batting. Their fate rests entirely on Rashid Khan, which might affect their long-term prospects.
9. South Africa (6.5/10)
They are one of the most inexperienced in the tournament, with players like Faf du Plessis, Chris Morris, and Imran Tahir missing out on the squad.
Temba Bavuma will serve as the team’s captain in the T20 World Cup 2021. Quinton de Kock, David Miller, and Aiden Markram will be the three leading hitters.
Tabraiz Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj, and Bjorn Fortuin will handle the spin department. The likes of Kagiso Rabad and Anrich Nortje will take care of the fast bowling.
South Africa has two of the best fast-bowlers in the world. In addition, they have less experienced spinners, thus creating a problem for the team.