ICC T20 world cup is around the corner and it’s time to look at the weaknesses of the competing teams who are going to battle it out against each other in the popular cricket tournament. The mega event is all set to commence from October 17 and will culminate with the finals on November 14. Ahead of the start of the most-watched event by cricket fans around the world, the participating teams have been raking their brains on finalizing the T20 world cup team squad for the matches.
The tedious exercise of finalizing T20 world cup teams involves SWOT analysis of every player through discussions with cricket experts and surveys from fans to choose the best combination of players who can prove their mettle on the field. Each team would be aiming to induct their top performing players in the squad for the world cup and every side would be aiming to hit at the weakness of the other.
Listed below are few weaknesses of the participating teams ahead of the T20 world cup 2021 in UAE:
Currently ranked as the number one T20 team in the ICC rankings, England has a balanced T20 squad with a good combination of experienced and younger players. However, the team’s bowling department lacks good pacers and that can turn out to be one of their biggest weaknesses in the upcoming ICC T20 world cup. Though England is a strong team to reckon with, its inexperienced pacers in this format of the game are likely to impact their overall performance in the game. Thus, the England squad needs to ensure that its pacers give their best in the world cup and don’t let the team down in crucial matches.
India is the strong contender to win the coveted ICC world cup trophy this year as Virat Kohli and his teammates are rated as one of the most competitive sides for the tournament. However, the team’s prominent weakness is the performance of the all-rounders who haven’t been giving their best lately. Team India has few excellent all-rounders who can change the complexion of the game but their current form is a cause of worry for India. Captain Virat Kohli needs to focus on depth in the batting line-up and pace attack to shift the fortunes in India’s favor in the world cup. The Indian squad has a great opportunity to improve on the weaknesses during the ongoing second leg of the Indian Premier League and form a dynamic team ahead of the world cup that can meet the expectations of the selectors and the fans.
Despite its stupendous performances in all formats of the game, the Australian team is yet to lift the ICC world cup trophy. Their last best performance in this mega cricketing event was in 2021 when the team reached the semifinals in 2012. This time around, the Australian team would be looking to win their maiden T20 World Cup, but the team seems to lack behind in the middle order. Australian batsmen haven’t shown consistency in the middle order and this weakness could be a matter of concern for the side. The team has strong top-order batsmen but if their middle-order batting collapses, the tail-enders would not be able to get those winning shots to win the world cup matches.
The New Zealand squad is determined to show their prowess in the upcoming T20 World Cup after their marvelous test match performance against India. The team was considered as the underdogs in T20 format but that has changed over the years as they have been successful in removing that tag with their stunning performances.
However, New Zealand has to deal with the shortage of all-rounders in the squad and that can be a major weakness for the team. All-rounders play a crucial role in changing the complexion of the game and a format like T20 further increases their requirement in the team. There are few all-rounders like Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, and Mark Chapman in the NZ squad but they don’t pose enough threat to the opposition.