ICC world T20 2010 has started and we have 12 teams in fray.The minnows in T20 are also capable of major upsets and Bangladesh and Afghanistan have showed in their first match that they are no pushovers.
This the semifinal line-up I anticipate to see. And I base this on the team constitution and quality of captaincy.
They have a captain who can be rated among the best T20 players in the world. And he is lucky to have a team which will allow him to focus solely on cricket not on other unnecessary politics usually associated with Pakistan teams.Unlike his predecessors he has no egos to deal with in his team either.The youngsters will be keen to perform and Pakistanis usually seem to deliver when it matters most when there are no power struggles in the team.
I will not be suprised to see them make it to the final. They have a good batting and bowling line up with allrounders. Kallis is a match winner in good form. Graeme smith and Duminy’s form could be of concern here.But Smith’s captaincy complements his lack of form.
I am expecting Mccullum, vettori and ross taylor to contribute mainly to take this team to semis.Jesse Ryder again is capable of winning matches single-handedly for NZ. Return of Shane bond should help the bowling line-up .Again Vettori is a shrewd captain and that greatly augments NZ chances.
There is also slightly wishful thinking that it is India which makes it. India and WI both seem to have a weak top order at present with Gayle missing and Gambhir struggling.For WI, return of Gayle and Pollard could make a difference and there is the home advantage.India also don’t have the best bowling lineup.
For India if Yuvraj strikes form he could more than make up for the weak top order and solid batting order could overcome the bowling inconsistency.Again Dhoni is a way much better captain than Gayle.
Srilanka does not look very strong this time.Jayasuraiya and muralitharan are not very clever choices for T20 at world level. Also dilshan,mathews and sangakkara are not in very good form. And the most important factor for T20 is captaincy which is a big minus for SL.
Australia somehow have never been good in this format and I dont expect any change in their performance.Watson is the only bright spot here and I dont understand the exclusion of Bollinger in this squad.
I could be completely off the mark here as there are lot of new players in the fray and T20 can be quite unpredictable.Would love to see the predictions from others.