The T20 Cricket World Cup is Here Again! Will Team India Go the Distance?

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  • Even the die-hard cricket fans would admit that the surfeit of matches happening around the world would sometimes lead to viewer saturation simply because staying glued to and/or showcasing perpetual eagerness/excitement is impossible. As you are aware, the recently concluded 17th edition of the T20 Indian Premier League was immediately followed by the ongoing T20 World Cup jointly hosted by the Caribbean Islands and the United States of America. Yes, the USA getting into the thick of action vis-à-vis cricket makes for a smart marketing sense as the International Cricket Council presses ahead with the agenda of spreading the game to nook and corner of the world. What better way than to start the spread from a lucrative market like the USA?

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  • Of course, the Indian diaspora spread around the world – especially in the USA – makes any international cricket quite lucrative since the attendance in the stadiums will be humongous. Indeed, wherever Indians go, they tend to take cricket along with them. No wonder, whenever the Indian team tours, the attendance in the stadiums is always filled to the brim with overseas Indians occupying the majority of the available seats. Moreover, Team India is extremely popular around the cricket-playing world by possessing some of the biggest names in the cricketing world. Why not? World-renowned names like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ravindra Jadeja are synonymous with quality cricket with proven performances around the world.
  • Team India has embarked on yet another journey and the quest for the elusive ICC trophy continues. The Rohit Sharma-led Team is a fine blend of experience, youth, dynamism, and enterprising dare-devilry ideally suited for the shortest form of the game. The talismanic Virat Kohli is in staggering form after an extraordinary IPL where he was crowned with an orange cap for being the highest run scorer. Rohit has not hit the right form yet often blowing hot and cold. But we all know what he is capable of when on song. The top-ranked batter in T20Is Surya Kumar Yadav is a maverick player who can change the complexion of the game in no time with his improvised and unorthodox batting pyrotechnics.

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  • The inclusion of Rishabh Pant as a first-choice batter-keeper will lend solidity to the side. Then there is the bowling allrounder in Hardik Pandya who has a point or two to prove. Of course, the likes of spin bowling allrounders Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel are a formidable force to reckon with. Most hearteningly, the bowling department is led by the indefatigable pacer Jasprit Bumrah who is a top draw in any format ably supported by the ever-improving Mohammad Siraj. The spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yajuvendra Chahal are vastly experienced in the format to deliver the results. Team India has all the ingredients in place to go the distance and bring back the much-coveted ICC trophy after 13 long years. Will they be successful? The time will reveal the answer.