Who Will Win the T20 World Cup?

Author: Last Updated: June 5, 2024
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Cricket in America, whatever next? The T20 World Cup is underway and it’s being hosted by the West Indies and the USA. England are the defending world champions, can they become the first country to win back-to-back titles?

England have twice won the T20 World Cup and their second triumph came in Australia two years ago. That win came ten years after they’d won the trophy for the first time. England are 5/1 at bet365 to win this tournament.

Ben Stokes hit 52 in the 2022 final to help England beat Pakistan. He won’t be in this tournament but the majority of the squad that won the trophy are playing. England don’t get to play in the USA, all their matches will be played in the West Indies.

Wood and Archer have plenty of pace and are both in good form. Can they stay fit for the whole tournament? With Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Tom Hartley and Sam Curran, England have a good bowling attack, though they failed to take a wicket against Scotland.

Their batting line-up is pretty impressive too, Josh Buttler (who is the captain of the side), Johnny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Ben Duckett, Phil Salt and Moeen Ali are all possible matchwiners.

They should have few problems qualifying for the Super 8s. In Group B, England take on Australia, Namibia, Scotland and Oman with the top two qualifying. Their opening match against Scotland was hit by the weather and the game was abandoned. They didn’t get the chance to bat against the Scottish side so we still don’t know what form the batters are in.

The Australians are 7/2 at William Hill to win this year’s T20 World Cup. Their only win was in 2021 but that’s the one time they’ve reached the final. A strong squad has been named for this tournament. 

Fast bowlers such as Starc, Cummins and Hazlewood will appreciate the speedy wickets. 11 of their squad are in their 30s and this is likely to be the last major tournament for 37-year-old David Warner.

India are Favourites


India are the favourites to win the T20 World Cup. They are 5/2 at BetVictor and have an incredibly talented squad. There shouldn’t be any difficulty making it into the Super 8s. Again, this is an experienced squad with ten players in their 30s. You can get 8/1 with BetVictor for Jasprit Bumrah to be the top bowler.

They again will have the legendary Virat Kohli in their side and he’s 13/2 with bet365 to be the top scoring batter.

Shaky hosts

No host nation has won the T20 World Cup and we can safely rule the USA out of becoming the first. The USA has an incredibly difficult draw in their first ever tournament. They’re up against India, Pakistan, Canada and Ireland. Finishing in the top two looks extremely unlikely but they did win their opening match against Canada.

Alongside England, the West Indies are the only country to have won the T20 World Cup twice. They are in Group C with New Zealand, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea and Uganda. Their new captain is Rovman Powell and he’s been in top form for them since being appointed. 

Spinner Akeal Hosein will cause plenty of problems in the powerplay and they have pace bowlers such as Obed McCoy and Shamar Joseph. They will need to improve on their less than convincing opening win over Papua New Guinea.

Pakistan can never be ruled out and have reached three finals, including winning in 2009. They struggled in the recent T20 series in England. Their group match against India will be one of the highlights of the group stages. They are 10/1 at BetVictor to win the title.

Bet365 have New Zealand at 10/1 to be champions and have the ferocious batter Finn Allen. Spinner Mitch Sandar loves bowling in the West Indies and they should make it to the Super 8s.  South Africa (7/1 at bet365) are also possible winners.

A great tournament looks certain here. England has a strong squad but India could well pip them to the title.

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