Covid-19 forced the BCCI to dial the UAE and play a host on their behalf. The coveted situation in India has not progressed to the point where the country can decide to host a 16-team world event. Emirates has realized and opened its gates for the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
Looking back, India will have all the reasons to be confident of overcoming the distance and as Suresh Raina said – win the cup for Virat Kohli. Virat, remember, decided to step down as India’s T20 captain after the tournament.
With home-like situations and tracks in the UAE, the team’s form increases its chances. On top of that, the players have recently had the experience of playing in the UAE for the first time, thanks to the second leg of IPL 2021 which ended on October 15th.
MS Dhoni’s return to the Indian camp as a ‘consultant’ and the prospects began to become more promising.
(BCCI has appointed MS Dhoni as India’s team mentor 2021 T20 World Cup – Photo courtesy of BCCI Twitter)
The statistics also support India.
Since the 2016 edition, the team has played 72 T20s, won 45 and lost 22. Two matches have ended and three have no results.
Series-based, India have played 25 series since June 18, 2016. Of these, 14 were away, 13 of which were bilateral and one was a tri-series in Sri Lanka. The other 11 homes had bilateral issues.
Breaking these numbers further, India have played 32 matches at home, winning 21 and losing 10 since the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup.
At the same time away from home the record fell to 40 matches, 24 won, 12 lost, 2 tied and 2 no results.