ICC T20 Cricket World Cup Predictions & Betting tips
The T20 Cricket World Cup promises to be a highly entertaining competition. All the top countries will be battling it out to become world champions.
T20 World Cup
The five-year wait for a T20 World Cup is almost over. The pandemic has delayed the seventh tournament but from 17 October to 14 November, 2021 in the United Arab Emirates, there will be 20 countries battling it out to become the world champions. Will the West Indies retain their title and become the only side to lift the trophy on three occasions. It promises to be a thrilling four weeks of actions with fours and sixes aplenty being struck by some of the best T20 batsmen in the world.
Usually there are qualifiers to decide who takes part at World Cup finals. That's not the case with the T20 World Cup. At the end of December 2018, the T20 rankings decided which teams would automatically go into the Super 12s and who would play in the First Round and get one of the four remaining positions. This led to Sri Lanka, who won the title in 2014 and have lost in two finals, placed in the First Round. The two First Round Groups are as follows:
- Group A: Sri Lanka, Ireland, Namibia and the Netherlands
- Group B: Scotland, Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea and Oman
Games in these groups take place between 17 October and 22 October. The top two teams in each group go into the Super 12s. They begin on 23 October, concluding on 8 November. The top two in each group qualify for the semi-finals. The Groups are:
- Group 1: West Indies, England, South Africa, Australia, Winner Group A and Runner-up Group B
- Group 2: India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Winner Group B and Runner-up Group A
The semi-finals are as follows on 10 and 11 November
- Winner of Group 1 v Runner-Up Group 2
- Winner of Group 2 v Runner-Up Group 1
The T20 World Cup final takes place on 14 November.
T20 World Cup Statistics
Statistics are so important and are almost a way of life in the sport of cricket. There are so many of them and all can be useful in making correct selections. There have been six T20 World Cups and only the West Indies have won the tournament twice. The other four have been won by India, Pakistan, England and Sri Lanka. The last final was in 2016 when the West Indies stunned England with an amazing last over to win the title. You'll notice that neither Australia, New Zealand or South Africa have won the cup. Australia have only made it to one final, that was in 2010 when being beaten by England. South Africa have reached two semi-finals, as have New Zealand.
The largest ever win in the T20 World cup was achieved by Sri Lanka, who beat Kenya by 172 runs in 2007.That game saw Sri Lanka hit a record 260 runs in their 20 overs. Over the years, four games have been won by a margin of just a single run. The lowest ever score was a meagre 39 by the Netherlands against Sri Lanka seven years ago. What a game was played between England and South Africa in 2016, there was an amazing 459 runs scored in that match. The lowest ever number is 79, seen in that Netherlands v Sri Lanka game in 2014.
The highest run chase in the T20 World Cup was in that England v South Africa runfest. England scored 230-8 in the second innings of that match to win. The second highest run chase is 208-2 by South Africa against the West Indies in 2007.
Who's the highest runscorer? It's not Chris Gayle of the West Indies, he's second on 920 runs. The top scorer is Mahela Jayawardene with 1016 runs at an average of 39.07. It's New Zealander Brendon McCallum who has the highest ever individual score. He hit 123 agaist Bangladesh in 2012. The second highest score is 117 by Chris Gayle against South Africa in 2007. Alex Hales of England hit 116 not out against Sri Lanka in 2014. The best average is 86.33 by Virat Kholi (below).
Strike rate is so important for batsmen (or batters as they are now to be known but old habits die hard) and the highest is 164.12 by West Indian Darren Sammy. That's followed by Australian Glenn Maxwell on 160. Chris Gayle is the only player to have scored two centuries, while he shares the record of nine fifties with Kholi. The fastest ever century was scored by Gayle against England in 2016. It took just 48 balls to reach three figures. Gayle also has the second fastest century, that took him 57 balls. The record for the fastest 50 is just 12 balls by Yuvraj Singh for India against England in 2007.
Bowlers have a rough time in T20, all the fans want is to see them being hit for six. Some have had plenty of success though with Shahid Afridi holding the record for most wickets, with 39. The best bowling analyisis is 6-8 by Ajantha Mendis for Sri Lanka against Zimbabwe nine years ago. How many of these records will be beaten in this year's T20 World Cup?
How to Predict T20 Matches
T20 matches are an exciting form of the game. It'll never match test match cricket though! When you bet on a T20 match, there are some factors that you need to take into consideration to boost your chances of success.
- Look at the form of the teams and the players. The players who are finding the middle of the bat or the bowlers who can't stop taking wickets or bowling dot balls are the ones to go for.
- What is the state of the wicket - Is it going to be helpful to the spin bowlers or will the ball be moving around early on? I
- Which side has the longest tail? - Sides that have a large number of batsmen who can score runs will always have an advantage. Then again, a side whose lower order has too many players who can't be relied on to get good scores will struggle.
- Don't just bet on who will win the match - Often, the odds on a team winning won't be too high. Look at all the different markets that are available. Top scorers, top bowlers, how many runs in the match etc are all good ones to bet on.
- Follow the game live - There are plenty of betting opportunities, so follow the game live. In-play betting can give you the chance to get more profit if your selection is doing well. If they are struggling, you can try to retrieve the situation.
- Make sure you know the team news - It's best to place your bets after the teams have been announced. Keep an eye on the news to see who is injured or may be rested.
- Are teams good at chasing a score? - Some teams love to bat second and chase down a total. Others prefer to bat first and set a total.
Who are the Favourites to Win the T20 World Cup?
The rankings have changed a great deal since the last tournament. England come into this T20 World Cup as the number one ranked team in the world. They have a strong batting line-up with players such as Roy, Morgan, Bairstow, Buttler and are strong in the bowling department too. Willey, Rashid, Jordan and Wood can all cause problems for their opponents.
India are the second ranked side in the world. They won the first T20 World Cup and would love to end their 14 year wait for a second. India face Pakistan in their first match, that's a game that will tell us a lot about the form of both sides. Whoever wins that match will certainly have momentum. New Zealand have never reached a final but do possess an excellent record in one-day cricket. South Africa are world ranked fifth but always seem to find a way to lose. The West Indies most certainly can't be ruled out, could it be Gayle's last chance to again hit some quick scores? Australia are the seventh ranked team in the world and yet to win this competition. If Warner, Finch (above), Maxwell, Starc and Hazlewood are on form, a first title can't be ruled out. They'll be happy to beat England ahead of the Ashes.
Odds to win the T20 World Cup
- 5/2 - India
- 13/4 - England
- 6/1 - West Indies
- 13/2 - Australia
- 34/5 - New Zealand
- 10/1 - Pakistan
- 47/4 - South Africa
- 40/1 - Sri Lanka