Ahead of the start of the T20 World Cup 2021, the former England captain Michael Vaughan has said that he doesn’t understand how the Indian cricket team gets the favourite tag in T20 cricket when they have been a long way off the mark in the last few World T20 tournaments they have played.
According to Michael Vaughan, England are the clear favorites to win the T20 World Cup and apart from England, West Indies and Pakistan are two teams that can turn out to be dark horses.
“England for me are the favourites. I don’t know how India get the ‘favourites’ tag in T20 cricket. I just think they’ve been a long way off in the last few tournaments. West Indies and Pakistan will be threats. New Zealand have high-class players, and you know they will come up with strategies to win games,” Vaughan said while speaking on the BBC test match special.
India’s performance was not “a long way off the mark” in T20 World Cup in 2014 and 2016
What Michael Vaughan has said about England can be considered fair enough because England has played an exciting brand of cricket in the last 5-6 years, but for him to say that India has been “a long way off the mark” in T20 cricket is a very inaccurate statement.
India has beaten England in three back to back T20I bilateral series since 2017 and not only that, even if we talk about India’s performance in the last two T20 World Cups, they qualified to the final of the T20 World Cup 2014 without losing a single game. Also, in T20 World Cup 2016, India were one of the four teams to make the semis.
The men in blue might not have won a T20 World Cup since 2007, but they have definitely not been a long way off the mark, as Vaughan has suggested. And, given the fact that the T20 World Cup 2021 is going to be on the slow pitches of the UAE, it’s obvious that India will be tagged one of the favourites to win the tournament.