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Man’s Life 2022 ICC T20 World Cup Predictions

2022 ICC T20 World Cup Predictions
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The 2022 T20 World Cup gets underway on the 22nd of October, and here are our predictions of how the tournament might unfold over the next three weeks in Australia.

Man’s Life 2022 ICC T20 World Cup Predictions

Top Scorer – Jos Buttler (England)

 

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Sometimes the simple answer is the correct one. Jos Butter is one of the top three T20 batters in the world, opens the innings for England, and is highly likely to get to the final, thereby increasing his chances of winning this accolade. Buttler enjoyed a record-breaking 863-run IPL season in 2022 and scored another blazing half-century against Australia in the lead-up to the World Cup. Jos Buttler has enough experience of playing T20s in these conditions, and the England captain has also developed an incredible level of consistency over the past few years that makes him the favourite for this title.

Top Wicket-Taker – Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)

 

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The pacers are expected to be amongst the wickets at the T20 World Cup in Australia, and our pick for this award is Kagiso Rabada. The South African speedster is one of the premier pacers in world cricket and will bowl primarily towards the back end of the innings, where batters tend to take more risks and hence gift more wickets to the opposition.

Player of the Tournament – David Warner (Australia)

 

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This award tends to go to the team that wins the whole thing, and with Australia backed to go and defend their T20 World Cup title, our pick for player of the tournament is David Warner. The Australian opener was also the star man in their last T20 World Cup victory in the UAE in 2021, and the stage is set up for him to repeat his heroics in his home country. The southpaw has missed some matches recently with injury but has been back to his best in T20 cricket in 2022 in the IPL and could be the one that takes the hosts to the T20 World Cup title.

Breakout Star – Tristan Stubbs (South Africa)

 

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One player who could announce his name on the world stage in a big way at this T20 World Cup is South African middle-order batter, Tristan Stubbs. Stubbs is one of the few players at this World Cup with precious little experience on the international stage, with the 22-year-old making his debut for the Proteas in June. However, Stubbs has dominated the domestic circuit in South Africa – which also earned him an IPL contract for the Mumbai Indians – and has gone on to impress in national colours.

Stubbs has a strike rate of 191 in nine outings for his country in T20Is and is a phenomenal player of spin and pace bowling. The right-hander’s game is well suited to the conditions in Australia, and he could be the one to make a statement at the T20 World Cup for South Africa and burst onto the scenes.

Finalists and Champions – South Africa vs Australia

 

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Teams filled with batters that can smash a hard length and play off the back foot and bowlers that can bowl with pace and rattle the opposition are likely to do well at the T20 World Cup. England, Australia, and South Africa are the three nations that fulfil both criteria adequately and my pick for the finals is a matchup between the Proteas and the defending champions.

South Africa have one of the most fearsome pace trios in the tournament in Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, and Lungi Ngidi, and their middle-order batters – Rossouw, Markram, Miller, and Stubbs – should thrive in Australian conditions. The hosts have an even more dangerous batting line-up with the added power of Warner and Finch at the top of the order and Matthew Wade at seven, as well as the famed pace triumvirate of Starc, Hazlewood, and Pat Cummins.

There is almost nothing to choose from between the two sides in a one-off, but Australia gets the edge due to the home advantage and the higher number of match-winners littered across their starting XI.

How far will team India go? – Semi-finals

 

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With Jasprit Bumrah in the side, team India would be our favourites to win the entire tournament. However, with the pacer ruled out due to injury, the Men in Blue’s chances of winning their first T20 World Cup title reduces significantly. While the batting line-up is world-class, team India lack the firepower and pace with the ball to beat the best teams in Australia and are likely to fall short due to the one-dimensional and pedestrian nature of their fast-bowling quartet.

Rohit Sharma’s side might have enough to edge out Pakistan and reach the final four, but a likely match-up against Australia or England in the semi-finals doesn’t match up well for the Men in Blue.

 

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