Former Indian wicketkeeper batter and ex-member of the senior selection committee Saba Karim believes a formidable Australia are favorites to win the ICC T20 Men’s World Cup trophy starting on their home soil from next month. Australia will compete as defending champions in the eighth edition of the T20 World Cup from October 16, after winning their first title in 2021, beating New Zealand in the final to be played in Dubai. With the final scheduled for Melbourne Cricket Ground on November 13, the Aaron Finch-led team is supported by many, including Karim, to defend their title at home.
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“I think they remain a formidable squad and are the favourites. Especially as they play on Australian soil and the kind of changes they have brought to the team reflects that they are in sync with what it takes to win such tournaments in Australia.” , Karim said on Sports18’s “Sports Over The Top” show.
Of the squad that won the 2021 T20 World Cup in the UAE, there is only one change with great finisher Tim David replacing leg spinner Mitchell Swepson as Australian conditions don’t call for many spin bowling options .
David, who gained a reputation for his finishing skills in franchise T20 cricket around the world, hit a 14-ball 18, hit a four and a six in his Australian T20I debut against India in Mohali and racked up 62 runs for the sixth wicket partnership with wicketkeeper Matthew Wade (45 not out of 21 balls) to guide Australia in chasing 209 and taking a four wicket win.
“Big ground, so you need a little more power hitters, so they fill up that kind of portion on the side. So they’ve got Tim David and Glenn Maxwell. For example, on this team (on tour of India), you don’t” t have Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis, both very high in terms of punching power, so this kind of combination makes them a very strong side to hold the T20 World Cup again,” Karim added.
It is Australia’s first time hosting the Men’s T20 World Cup after hosting a record-breaking women’s event, which was held in February – March 2020, where the Meg Lanning-led side emerged as champions. It was originally scheduled to host the mega event in 2020, before being postponed due to Covid-19 and rescheduled for this year.