Michael Atherton believes India are worthy favourites for this yr’s T20 World Cup however says the match won’t be a ‘cakewalk’ for Virat Kohli’s aspect, with England and West Indies additionally contenders.
India laid down a marker forward of the match with a Three-2 collection win over England, the top-ranked crew in T20 cricket.
Eoin Morgan’s England will try and safe a World Cup double later within the yr, having received the 50-over competitors on house soil in 2019.
The likes of West Indies, Australia, Pakistan and New Zealand may also be assured of having fun with productive runs within the match, however India are the clear favourites, in line with former England captain Atherton.
Requested whether or not India’s victory over England proved they’re the favourites to win the subsequent T20 World Cup, Atherton advised Sky Sports activities: ‘I believe so.
‘They most likely have extra energy in depth due to the IPL and the T20 cricket they play and the very fact they’ve simply overwhelmed England with out most likely three essential bowlers.
‘Put all these issues collectively, and the very fact they’re enjoying at house, then they’re the crew to beat.
‘It received’t be a cakewalk – England are an excellent aspect and West Indies and different sides are harmful as properly – however should you priced it up, you’d say India are favourites.’
India produced an excellent batting efficiency within the collection decider towards England on Saturday, with Kohli (80*), Rohit Sharma (64) and Hardik Pandya (39*) firing the hosts to 224-2.
England had been then restricted to 188-Eight regardless of Dawid Malan and Jos Buttler scoring fast fifties, as Bhuvneshwar Kumar completed with very good figures of 2-15 from 4 overs.
‘It was an entire recreation for us, we completely outplayed the opposition,’ Kohli stated on the post-match presentation. ‘Just like the final recreation we defended a complete once more after getting runs on the board.
‘It was an entire recreation – the very fact Shreyas and Pant didn’t bat and we nonetheless bought near 230 exhibits what we will do with the bat when everybody fires. It was a scientific recreation for us.’
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