Out of all the sides arriving at the 2022 T20 World Cup, few can claim to match the hype and expectation of Rohit Sharma’s India. With over 1.3 billion fans back at home and around the world, the Indian Cricket team is one of the most intensely-followed sporting organisations in the world, with names like Sharma, Kohli, Shami and Pandya all elevated to godlike status once they don the famous blue jersey. Check out SinkorSwimSports as we run you through exactly why we think India are a good bet to back with our World Cup cricket odds.
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Who Are India Bringing With Them?
India come into this World Cup with a new captain in Rohit Sharma and a new deputy in KL Rahul, both leading from the front at the top of the batting lineup.
India’s side will be coached by the legendary Rahul Dravid, and have once again opted for experience over anything else when it comes to their squad list for the tournament. Only two players in the squad are below the age of 27, with nine over the age of 30.
One player who won’t be with India’s squad for the World Cup will be Jasprit Bumrah, with the side’s star bowler missing out due to an injury.
Why India Will Win The World Cup
For starters, India are the number one ranked T20 side in the world. The team come into this World Cup ahead of England in 2nd, Pakistan in 3rd and South Africa in 4th. They also look set to take advantage of Australia, with the host nation and 2021 World Champions all the way down in 6th in the rankings.
The team also have some genuinely impressive results coming into the tournament; India beat England and the West Indies away, and Australia and South Africa at home.
In Suryakumar Yadav, India have a player currently ranked as the 2nd highest-rated T20 player in the world. The 32-year-old shot to everyone’s attention with a stunning century against England earlier this summer, His 117 came off just 55 balls, becoming only the fifth Indian to hit a century in T20Is.
Alongside Suryakumar, the batting pedigree of Rohit, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant and Kohli should also never be underestimated.
As for with the ball, Arshdeep Singh could be one of the biggest success stories to watch unfold as the tournament unfolds. Having only made his T20I debut against England in July, the Kings XI Punjab man has already taken 19 wickets at 19.78, becoming renowned for his superb death bowling with a crunching in-swinging yorker delivery.
India T20 World Cup Record
India have been ever-presents at every single T20 Men’s World Cup, playing as one of the top seeds in every edition. The country hosted the 2016 tournament, and won the inaugural T20 World Cup back in 2007, albeit their sole triumph to date.
They finished as runners-up in 2014, after three consecutive R2 exits in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
In the 2021 T20 World Cup, India slumped to a lacklustre group-stage exit. In the 200th match between two of the fiercest rivals in the game, India opened their campaign with a 10-wicket loss against Pakistan. It was the first time the team had lost by such a margin, and the first time Pakistan had beaten India in 13 World Cup fixtures.
India would also lose to New Zealand by eight wickets after only posting 110/7, capping off a dismal tournament that Virat Kohli’s side had been favourites for in most World Cup cricket odds.
2022 World Cup Cricket Odds
BetUS have supplied our latest 2022 World Cup cricket odds, and have priced India’s chances of going all the way in the tournament at 7/2. This actually puts them behind Australia and England at 11/4 and 3/1 respectively, making them a solid outside bet to follow across the competition.
India’s 2021 T20 World Cup and 2022 Asia Cup records might have gone some way in influencing these odds, and the injury to Bumrah certainly deprives the team of one of its biggest assets; however, we think a far bolder bet would be to wager against the side making the final four at least.
The bowling department showcased their skills in the series wins over England and Australia, and it’s hard to imagine a world where Rohit, Rahul or Virat don’t have a stellar tournament. Factor in the effect the likes of Hardik, Yadav or Pant can have, and the sky is the limit for Dravid’s men.
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