Early Betting Odds for the 2021 T20 World Cup
The next T20 World Cup was originally scheduled to take place in Australia between October and November 2020. But due to the pandemic, the tournament has been pushed back a year.
With India now hosting cricket’s leading nations at the end of 2021, we have plenty of time to assess the bookmakers’ odds, study the teams, and make our predictions.
The competition doesn’t kick off for ten months, but you can already bet on the next T20 World Cup. That’s why I think now is a good time to check out the bookies’ prices and discuss which teams could get their hands on the trophy.
Can-West Indies defend their title? Or will we see a different winner in 2021?
Without further ado, let’s get stuck into my 2021 T20 World Cup early betting guide.
Early 2021 T20 World Cup Betting Odds
All the top online betting sites view host nation India (3.50) as the favorite for the 2021 T20 World Cup. However, Australia (4.00) and England (4.00) aren’t too far behind.
The odds then take a significant jump to defending champions West Indies (10.00), with New Zealand (11.00), Pakistan (13.00), and South Africa (13.00) all tightly matched by the bookies.
Sri Lanka (41.00), Afghanistan (67.00), and Bangladesh (67.00) automatically qualified for the tournament, while the other six teams booked their place via last year’s qualifying competition.
Assessing the 2021 T20 World Cup Favorites
There are three clear frontrunners to win the 2021 T20 World Cup. Let’s take a closer look at the favorites.
India beat rivals Pakistan to win the inaugural T20 World Cup back in 2007, with a five-run victory coming in Johannesburg, South Africa.
However, the Men in Blue have only reached one final since then, suffering a shock defeat to Sri Lanka when Bangladesh hosted the tournament in 2014.
India actually hosted the previous competition, although they were knocked out in the semi-finals by West Indies in 2016. Needless to say, the hosts will be eager to go one better in 2021.
If their T20 results in 2020 are anything to go by, India should challenge for the trophy. At the beginning of the year, the Indians thrashed New Zealand 5-0 in a T20 series before securing a 2-1 series win over Australia in December.
KL Rahul is currently the number-three ranked T20 batsman in the world, while Virat Kohli remains a serious threat. With young spinner Washington Sundar and the super-economical Jasprit Bumrah also in the team, India will be difficult to stop.
Sure, India’s top order is strong. But it could be argued that Australia boasts the deadliest batting line-up on the planet right now.
Aaron Finch currently sits fourth in the T20 batting rankings, while Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, and Steven Smith need no introduction.
But for all their firepower, the Aussie have never won the T20 World Cup. They finished runners-up to England back in 2010, yet they haven’t had much to shout about in the shortest format of the game in recent tournaments.
Australia’s T20 results have been pretty inconsistent in 2020. The Baggy Greens beat South Africa 2-1 at the start of the year, but they went on to lose series against England and India by the same margin.
Still, the Aussies’ bowling attack is lethal. Spinners Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar can work wonders with the ball, while pacemen Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins can win games singlehandedly.
England cemented their status as the best one-day team in the world by edging New Zealand in a thrilling final at the 2019 ODI World Cup. Now, Chris Silverwood’s men will be looking to add the T20 crown to their trophy cabinet.
Having fallen at the last hurdle to West Indies in 2016, England heads to India with a point prove. The 2010 champions were heavy favorites to win the previous final, but they failed to deliver.
However, England’s recent T20 record is outstanding. With series victories over West Indies, New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia over the past couple of years, the Englishmen will be feared opponents in 2021.
In Dawid Malan, England has the world’s leading T20 batsman in their ranks, while Adil Rashid is third in the bowling rankings. With X-factor players like Ben Stokes and Jos Butler also in the squad, Silverwood’s side could easily go all the way in India.
My Top Sleepers for the 2021 T20 World Cup
The T20 game is evolving, with smaller nations now able to compete with the traditional big guns. Here are three teams that I believe can upset the odds at the 2021 World Cup.
West Indies (10.00)
We can’t talk about the next World Cup without mentioning the defending champions, right?
The West Indians are the only side to claim two T20 titles, beating Sri Lanka in the 2012 final before conquering England in 2016.
Granted, the team hasn’t had a lot to get excited about in recent times. Series defeats to England, India, and Afghanistan have seen West Indies slide down the T20 rankings. But when it comes to the World Cup, you simply can’t write them off.
Led by captain Kieron Pollard, the Windies’ squad is brimming with big-hitters. Dwayne Bravo, Andre Fletcher, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran – I could go on forever!
If they can get it right in India, West Indies are more than capable of defending their title.
New Zealand (11.00)
It’s fair to say that New Zealand has underachieved in the shortest format of the game, especially when it comes to major tournaments.
The Kiwis have been blessed with numerous world-class players in recent years, yet they have never been able to reach the final of a T20 World Cup.
But in 2021, that could change. Since the previous World Cup, the New Zealanders have sealed series wins over Bangladesh, West Indies, India, and Sri Lanka, as well as going all the way to the final of the 2019 ODI World Cup.
Colin Munro, Tim Seifert, and Martin Guptil are among the leading T20 batsmen in the game, while captain Kane Williamson is widely regarded as one of the best players on the planet.
With Tim Southee and Mitchell Santner spearheading a dangerous bowling attack, I can see the Kiwis causing the favorites plenty of problems in 2021.
Kane Williamson is now the No. 1 ranked batsman in Tests ?— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) December 31, 2020
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It is certainly an exciting time to be an Afghani cricket supporter.
The nation first appeared at a T20 World Cup in 2010 and has since featured in each of the previous three tournaments. But over the past few years, in Afghanistan, he became a genuine force in the one-day game.
With the number-one ranked T20 bowler – Rashid Khan – and the world’s leading all-rounder – Mohammad Nabi in their ranks, I’m expecting Lance Klusener’s side to upset even the best teams in India.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ibrahim Zadran, and Qaid Ahamad are a few more prodigies of Afghanistan’s golden generation to keep an eye on leading up to the tournament.
Yes, odds of 67.00 suggest that Afghanistan isn’t likely to win the 2021 T20 World Cup. But given the nation’s plethora of world-class youngsters, placing a small bet on Afghanistan could prove to be hugely profitable.
The 2021 T20 World Cup is scheduled to kick off in October 2021, with the final booked in for November 14.
Of course, it’s frustrating that we have to wait until the end of 2021 to see the best T20 cricketers on the planet battle it out once again. But at least it’s something to look forward to, right?
At this stage, I like the look of England. With batsmen like Malan, Stokes, and Buttler in their line-up, the Englishmen will be tough to beat in 2021.
But then again, India and Australia are seriously strong, too. And let’s not write off the outsiders just yet. West Indies could defend their title, while Afghanistan won’t go down without a fight.
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