The top teams from around the world have been preparing for the marquee competition for a while and with all their plans and strategies in order, it is now time for them to execute their plans on the field.
While preparations for the T20 World Cup have been underway for months, certain teams this year have been simply remarkable in the way they have approached the shortest format and their preparations for the cricket match. Redefining their style of play, these teams have seen tremendous success in the last 10 months or so and will be brimming with confidence.
TimesofIndia.com takes a look here at the top teams who have had the best winning records in T20Is in 2022 and are huge title favorites in the competition Down Under.
(All statistics in this article are updated till the ongoing T20 World Cup)
India (Matches – 32 | Wins – 23 | Losses – 8 | No Result – 1
After the debacle of last year’s T20 World Cup where India failed to qualify for the knockouts, the team went through a series of changes that included change in leadership and team management. In time, the results of the major overhaul began to kick in and India under Rohit was remarkable in the shortest format in the year 2022.
In the run-up to the T20 World Cup, India was the most successful T20I team.
In a total of 32 matches India have played since February, the team has won a record 23 of them – breaking Pakistan’s record for most T20I wins (20 wins in 2021) in a calendar year – and only 8 matches lost while one a no result.
The team kicked off the year with a 3-0 whitewash of West Indies, followed by another 3-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka at home. The series against South Africa ended in a 2-2 draw where the series decider was a no result.
The team then won away series in Ireland (2-0), England (2-1) and West Indies (4-1). In the Asia Cup, although India failed to make it to the final, Rohit and co. still won 3 of the 5 matches in the UAE. And just before the T20 World Cup departure, India concluded series against Australia (2-1) and South Africa (2-1).
Despite not having top fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah at their disposal for most of the year, India have been fantastic in 2022 and the confidence they carried into the T20 World Cup will make them one of the title favorites in the competition .
New Zealand (Matches – 15 | Wins – 12 | Losses – 3 | No Result – 0)
The ever-dependable and most consistent performers in world cricket, New Zealand, just like India, have been simply outstanding in terms of numbers in T20Is in 2022. With a winning percentage of 80, last year’s T20 World Cup finalists will once again be one of the teams to watch out for in the constant extravagance.
Their huge 89-run win against defending champions and hosts Australia in their opening game would have also been a huge blow in the arm for the Black Caps.
In 2022, the Kiwis did not play T20Is in the first half of the year, but Kane Williamson and co. made up for lost ground in the last 4 months, playing a total of 15 games and winning an impressive 12 of them.
Kicking off the 2022 T20I caravan in Europe, the team whitewashed the likes of minnows Ireland (3-0), Scotland (2-0) and Netherlands (2-0) before sealing a 2-1 series win in the Caribbean recorded.
Although the Blackcaps failed to secure the trophy in the NZ Tri-series which had Pakistan and Bangladesh as the other teams, they still managed to win three out of 5 matches against quality T20 teams.
Not known for their out-of-the-box thinking in major tournaments, the Kiwis have stuck with a tried and tested squad for the T20 World Cup and Williamson and co. will be looking to finish what they failed to do last time when they lost to eventual champions Australia in the final.
England (Matches – 21 | Wins – 10 | Losses – 10 | No Result – 1)
In the last few years or so, England have been one team that has completely redefined T20 cricket. Their strategy and all-or-nothing attitude may have backfired on a handful of occasions, but in most cases their style of play has nothing short of terrorizing the opposition.
With some of the most fearsome attackers in world cricket at their disposal, England have been a force to reckon with in the shortest format. The kind of cricket that Jos Buttler and co. played, they have been the biggest entertainers in the shortest format in recent times.
In 2022 itself, England saw some attractive one-sided victories, but along with them also came harrowing defeats that put their style of play under the scanner. Nevertheless, in the ongoing T20 World Cup England went in as one of the most successful teams in terms of numbers and no one will deny the fact that they are indeed one of the favorites to win the title. They also started well, with a 5 wicket win against Afghanistan in their opening game.
With 10 wins and an equal number of losses and a no result in 21 T20I matches in 2022, England have had a successful run considering the multiple changes and experiments they have carried out with their batting and bowling throughout the year.
That year, England lost series in the West Indies (2-3), against India (1-2) and South Africa (1-2) at home amid the retirement of white-ball titan Eoin Morgan. But with a thrilling 4-3 series win in Pakistan and a 2-0 win against World Cup hosts Australia, England hit the right notes at the right time.
Along with the guaranteed entertainment, England will indeed be a serious contender for the T20 World Cup title Down Under.
Can they become only the second team after the West Indies to win two T20 World Cup titles?