Former England captain David Gower on Wednesday (October 13) said that India will be one of the strong favorites to win the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021. He also said India will be very competitive in the tournament and Virat Kohli has a good chance of winning his maiden ICC trophy in the UAE as captain.
India had won the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007 under MS Dhoni's captaincy, but since then the Indian cricket team hasn’t won the title and many are hoping that Kohli will finish his T20I captaincy on high by winning his maiden ICC trophy.
The T20 World Cup 2021 will start from October 17 in the UAE and Oman and India will kick off their campaign against Pakistan on October 24 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Gower told Times of India on Wednesday: “Virat will have a good chance of winning his maiden ICC trophy. India is a good side. India probably will be favorites.”
He further added, “The favorites tag doesn't mean much. You can be a great team, you can be a winning team, but if you make a mistake at the wrong time, you might still not win the competition. So, let's assume for instance that you make a mistake. You can lose by one run and you can lose by 20 runs. There's no doubt that India will be very very competitive.”
Noteworthy, Kohli is India's highest run-getter and the fourth overall in the T20 World Cup. The right-hander has so far played 16 matches in 2012, 2014, and 2016 editions of the T20 World Cup and scored 777 runs at an average of 86.33 with the help of 9 half-centuries.