Former England bowler Graeme Swann dubbed the Kieron Pollard-led West Indies cricket team as the favourites to win the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
West Indies has the ranks of power-hitters in their squad, which can take the bowlers to cleaners and post a gigantic total on the scoreboard. The likes of Chris Gayle and all-rounder Andre Russell makes West Indies the most destructive team in the world.
West Indies has the power-hitters in their squad for defending their title
They have Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons and Andre Fletcher at the top, all these players can go on blitzkrieg right from the start of their innings with Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran and Pollard can bludgeon the bowlers with massive hits in the middle.
Veteran all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who is supposed to retire after the World Cup, will play a key role in the death overs with his slower and short-pitched bouncers. Hayden Walsh Jr is the best finding in the recent bilateral series against Australia and South Africa. The Antiguan-American player will be handy to pick wickets in the middle overs.
The fact that ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is in the UAE, makes West Indies the favourites: Graeme Swann
In a video upload on Twitter by T20 World Cup’s official page, Swann said that he would have opted for India as favourites if the tournament would take place in their backyard. The former England spinner thinks that West Indies will win the World Cup in the UAE conditions.
“Well, now this might not go down too well in India. If this would have been in India, then India would have been the firm favourites. The fact that the tournament is in the UAE, makes West Indies the favourites in my view. They have got power, power and power through their batting and tidy bowling,” Swann said.
The showpiece event was going to take place in India but because of the raging COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) had to shift the tournament to Oman and UAE, where the Super 12 matches will take place.
West Indies are the defending champions of the T20 World Cup and they are also the most successful team in the tournament, having won it twice in 2012 and 2016.