Nasser Hussain: India is not the ‘clear favorites’ to win the T20 World Cup
However, the former England captain feels that India is one of the strong candidates for the title. India will begin their world cup campaign against arch rivals Pakistan on the 24th.
Nasser Hussain has said that he does not see any clear frontrunners for the T20 World title due to start on Saturday.
He cites the recent performance of the Indian side in the ICC tournament being the reason for his claims.
India had last won an ICC tournament in 2013, when they won the Champions Trophy, beating England at home in the final. However, since then their record in the ICC tournament, despite going deep was not enough to show for the kind of squad India boasts.
India lost the final of the 2014 T20 World Cup against Sri Lanka who avenged the 2011 ODI World Cup final loss.
They reached the semi-finals of the 2015 ODI world cup but lost to eventual winners Australia.
They reached the semi-finals of the 2016 T20 World cup and lost again to the eventual champions West Indies. The men-in-blue fell short of the final hurdle once more, this time against Pakistan in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, and lost to New Zealand in the semi-finals of the 2019 ODI World Cup.
Nasser Hussain says India lack a plan B
Taking the example of India’s game against New Zealand in the semi-finals of the ODI World Cup, Hussain pointed out that India does not have a plan B.
“When they get to a stage – you look at the last World Cup against New Zealand – and suddenly it’s a low-scoring game and they don’t have a Plan B, they got rolled over by a very good New Zealand side. So that’s going to be an issue for them.
The knockout game, the expectations, everyone thinking that they will win. And the reason people think that is when you look at that line-up on paper, it has everything,”
Hussain pointed this out in his interview with Sky Cricket.
He also said that the expectations the Indian players carry on their shoulders will also get heavier as they progress throughout the tournament.
This T20 World Cup will be the last assignment of Virat Kohli as the captain of India’s T20 side. He will look to lift his elusive ICC trophy as a captain.