T20 Cricket World Cup 2020 Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips
The T20 Cricket World Cup 2020 takes place in Australia from 18 October to 15 November 2020. The host nation are the favourites to lift the trophy for the first time after losing out to England in the 2010 final. No host nation has ever gone all the way in their own tournament, but Australia look very capable of changing that trend.
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T20 Cricket World Cup 2020 Winner Betting Odds
Australia are $3.75 favourites ahead of the likes of India, England, and South Africa in the T20 Cricket World Cup 2020 winner odds. Odds from bet365 and correct on 2 February 2020:
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T20 Cricket World Cup2020 Contenders
On paper, Australia have the easiest Super 12 group to navigate. Yes, New Zealand, Pakistan, and West Indies are all tricky opponents, but they have avoided the real heavyweights in India, England, and South Africa.
This will be Australia’s first time hosting the T20 Cricket World Cup, so apart from impressing in front of their own fans, the motivation to become the first hosts to lift the trophy will give them that extra boost teams need in a competition such as this. They fell short in 2010 when they lost to England in the final, so righting the wrongs of the past will be high on the agenda.
Australia have a very well rounded T20 side, with David Warner, Steve Smith, Aaron Finch, and Glenn Maxwell the types of batsmen who can take a game away from you in a matter of overs. Throw into the mix the likes of Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, and Nathan Coulter-Nile as star bowlers, and you will struggle to find a side who are as dangerous in all aspects of the game.
It will be a little strange for India to go into the tournament as second-favourites. The reality is that India are incredible in all formats of the game, so there is always an element of surprise when they are not on the top of the odds sheet. The Asian giants have had a mixed time of it at the T20 World Cup in the past. They have reached two finals, winning one. Maybe the expectation for them to win in the past has weighed heavily on them?
Virat Kohli is obviously the star attraction as far as India are concerned. His natural talent and incredible ability to occupy the crease mean he is the one man every opponent wants to get out – because if you don’t, well, the match will likely get away from you in a matter of overs.
The last time India toured Australia in 2018, they played three T20 matches. Both sides won a game, while the second clash was rained out. In early 2020, India played a five-match T20 series in New Zealand. India won all five matches (two in a super over), so they will confident in their abilities heading into the T20 World Cup in Australia.
England go into the T20 World Cup as the holders of the ODI World Cup. Yes, they may be different formats, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that the English have a very well-rounded team, and one that is equally adept at the shortest version of the game.
All-rounder Ben Stokes has grown into one of the finest cricketers on the planet and will be a very key figure for the English. His strength is in his power hitting (a big part of any T20 side), while his wicket-to-wicket bowling makes him an incredibly difficult bowler to get away. Stokes will no doubt give England the edge in tight matches.
Like India, England have reached two finals of the T20 World Cup – winning one and losing the other. Their triumph came in 2010, beating Australia, while they fell short in 2016 to an electric West Indies outfit. The last time England ventured to Australasia for T20s was for the Trans Tasman Tri Series in 2018. Australia gave the English a hiding in their two matches, while the English won one and lost the other to New Zealand in their two matches. England are not always the best travelers, which could mean their second T20 World Cup win will have to wait.
Where to start with South Africa? The Proteas are currently going through a transitional period, but that is often when a side is at their most dangerous. The West Indies proved in 2016 that often the sides that are underestimated are the grafters, so that is why South Africa are still considered contenders, rather than outsiders.
There is talk of AB de Villiers coming back into the South African fold. Should that happen for the 2020 T20 World Cup, he will without doubt be the star man. However, Quinton de Kock has proven in the past that his explosive nature with the bat is a bowler’s worst nightmare at the top of the order. Should de Villiers come back, who knows how far this side could go with him and de Kock taking bowling attacks apart…
However, as far as South Africa are concerned, until they actually win a major tournament, they will continue to be considered the ‘chokers’ of the world of cricket. The pressure has time and again got to them when it really matters, and that will be a big concern heading into the tournament. You can have the best players in the world in your side, but if you don’t have that killer instinct and ability to adapt to situations, you will always come up short. This is why South Africa will likely fall short once again.
T20 Cricket World Cup 2020 Outsiders
In the history of the T20 World Cup, only once has a ‘favourite’ won the tournament. That was India in the inaugural tournament in 2006. Ever since, the likes of West Indies, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka have all claimed glory.
In 2020, it is advisable for the ‘favourites’ to once again beware the outsiders. New Zealand will only have a short trip to make to the tournament – and are likely to be as unpredictable as ever, while defending champions West Indies will be as explosive as ever – albeit blowing hot and cold. Then you come to the likes of Pakistan and Sri Lanka. These two sides, like the West Indies, can be brilliant one day and terrible the next. However, you only need to be brilliant a few times in a tournament like this to actually win it.
In terms of the so-called minnows, Afghanistan have made huge strides in the world game, and will be no push overs. Beware Ireland and the Netherlands, too with both having claimed some huge scalps in previous T20 and ODI World Cup competitions.
T20 Cricket World Cup 2020 Name Stats
Australia have a favourable draw for the 2020 T20 World Cup.
Australia did not lose a single T20 match in 2019.
West Indies are the only side to have won the T20 World Cup more than once.
South Africa have never won a World Cup in any either format.
2020 T20 Cricket World Cup FAQ
Where can I live stream the 2020 T20 Cricket World Cup?
You can check out our live streaming calendar for the 2020 T20 Cricket World Cup live stream online.
Where will the 2020 T20 Cricket World Cup be held?
The 2020 T20 Cricket World Cup will be held in Australia.
When will the 2020 T20 Cricket World Cup be held?
The 2020 T20 Cricket World Cup will be held from 18 October to 15 November 2020.
When is the 2020 T20 Cricket World Cup final?
The 2020 T20 Cricket World Cup final will be held on 15 November 2020.
Where is the 2020 T20 Cricket World Cup final?
The 2020 T20 Cricket World Cup final will be staged at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) in Melbourne, Australia.
Who are the defending T20 Cricket World Cup champions?
The West Indies are the defending T20 Cricket World Cup champions.
How many T20 Cricket World Cups have there been?
There have been seven (7) previous T20 Cricket World Cup tournaments.
Has any side managed to win the T20 Cricket World Cup on more than one occasion?
The West Indies are the only side to win the T20 World Cup on two occasions (2012 & 2016).
Has the host nation ever won the T20 Cricket World Cup?
No host nation has ever won the T20 Cricket World Cup.
Who are favourites to win the the 2020 T20 Cricket World Cup?
Australia are favourites to take the 2020 T20 Cricket World Cup at $3.75 with India in hot pursuit at $4.50.
Have India ever won the T20 Cricket World Cup?
India won the inaugural T20 Cricket World Cup in 2007 hosted by South Africa.
Will AB de Villiers feature for South Africa at the 2020 Cricket World Cup?
He has not confirmed as yet but there is a willingness from both parties to make it happen.
Who are the previous T20 Cricket World Cup winners?
2007 - India 2009 - Pakistan 2010 - England 2012 - West Indies 2014 - Sri Lanka 2016 - West Indies
Which country has made the most T20 Cricket World Cup finals?
Sri Lanka is the only side to have played in three finals, winning one of them in 2014. In 2009 and 2012 they finished as runner-up.
Australia won all their T20 matches during 2019 and home ground advantage will surely count in their favour. I'm backing them to claim their first T20 Cricket World Cup title at $3.75.
Best Bet: Australia Win Tournament Win Market @275 at BetMGM - 10 Units