The Biggest Cricket Event ICC T 20 2022 World Cup is less than 100 days away and the countdown has already started. It is only the second chance of the tournament being held in consecutive years since 2010. Having won the tournament last year 2021, Australia will begin as one of the favorites. Additionally, they will also have the advantage of playing at their own home ground.
With the multi-nation contest inching closer, it is high time for the teams to address their respective areas of concern to the best of their abilities. With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the minus points of the top five T20 teams.
Weakness of Top 5 T-20 Teams Ahead of ICC Men’s WC T 20 2022
Although Australia will go into the contest as defending champions, they aren’t necessarily that enough strong. One of the big causes for concern is their skipper Aaron Finch. Finch is not good nowadays as before of his destructive self over the last 18 months. He won the Player of the Series away at Sri Lanka in the T20I series, but his return to form was short-term as he could only manage 120 runs in the ODI series, including two ducks out.
4. South Africa
After a time-lapse of transition, South Africa once again has a formidable group of cricketers, but this time no pressure than their predecessors had. Like Australia, one of their major concern is their captain. It’s perhaps an even bigger issue than the Aussies as Temba Bavuma has never been a good T20 player, unlike Finch, who could be a match-winner player if he rediscovers his form.
Bavuma has just one fifty in 24 innings and strikes at 120.6. There is a catch, however. Given that he is not as great a name as Finch, he could potentially be replaced as a skipper. The Proteas will play 5 T20I in England and Ireland. With Bavuma kicked out due to injury, good performances from the likes of Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller could make them strong contenders for the leadership in the upcoming ICC T 20 2022 WC.
Pakistan will want to improve on their semi-final appearance from the last World Cup, where they won all five group stage matches, including a victory over arch-rivals India. They have 2 high-quality opening batters in Babar Azam and Mohammed Rizwan, but outside of them, their batting unit looks quite dull. They’re all proven PSL good performers but have struggled to translate that into an international game.
None of them manages an average of over 25 in T20Is. Iftikhar Ahmed could potentially replace Haider Ali, but he has averaged 13.83 over the last 2 years. Promoting Shadab Khan up the order could be their best possible solution as they’ve often under-utilized his batting power and not let him flourish as he has in the PSL games.
After the retirement of Eoin Morgan, England will have a new skipper in the form of Jos Buttler for the Men’s T 20 2022 WC and he’ll hope to announce his arrival as captain with a title winner. However, it won’t be an easy thing to do for him.
Jason Roy’s recent form is a matter of concern for the team management as he has struggled with scoring runs and strike rate. However, one would expect them to go with him despite the form because of his ability to handle the pace and bounce with skills, something that’s a necessity on Australia’s side.
Nine years without lifting an ICC title is simply too much for India given the quality they possess. While Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have struggled to score in the IPL, that hasn’t been the case for India. They have managed to average 30.3 and 47.5, respectively, in T20 games since 2021 while scoring at a good rate.
The duo usually to be amongst India’s finest players of pace bowling and have incredible records in Australia. Thus, it is clear that they are going to be vital to the team and there should be no doubt about their places in the squad for the World Cup T 20 2022.
Dinesh Karthik, Suryakumar Yadav, and Rishabh Pant will fight it out for the remaining two batting slots. Karthik could grab one of them, given that he is a specialist fine finisher, something India needs. Yadav and Pant, meanwhile, will be looking for the No. 4 position, and both have equally valid arguments to notice.