T20 World Cup 2021: Morgan dubs India as favourites, while Kohli says England will be the team to beat

ICC confirmed the group draws for the T20 World Cup 2021 on July 16.

Eoin Morgan and Virat Kohli | GettyEngland’s white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan has tipped Team India as favourites to win the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

According to Morgan, the Virat Kohli-led side has depth in their squad and have all bases covered for the marquee event, slated to be held in UAE and Oman from October 17 to November 14.

“India are going to go into the World Cup as favourites – and I think it is justified. They are a really strong team, they have a lot of depth in their squad as well and have all bases covered. We’re on a different journey at the moment than we were going into the 2019 50-over World Cup,” Morgan was quoted as saying in ICC’s media release.

In a ceremony held in Oman, ICC on Friday (July 16) confirmed the group draws for the T20 World Cup 2021, as per which, defending champions West Indies are slotted in Group 1 alongside England, Australia, South Africa and the two qualifiers from Round 1.

On the other hand, arch-rivals India and Pakistan feature in Group 2 along with New Zealand, Afghanistan and the two qualifiers from Round 1.

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While Morgan termed India as favourites, Indian skipper Virat Kohli reckons England will be a tough team to beat in the showpiece tournament.  

“England will be the team to beat. They’re the number one side in the world and the prime focus will be on them. All other teams will be wary of the strengths they bring to the park. Every other team will agree with me,” Kohli stated.

The groupings:

Round 1

Group A: Sri Lanka, Ireland, the Netherlands and Namibia

Group B: Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Oman

Super 12s

Group 1: England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, A1 and B2.

Group 2: India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, A2 and B1.

(With ICC inputs)


By Salman Anjum - 17 Jul, 2021

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