March 25, 2014
World T20 history: Theses boys must be wondering when its there turn after coming runners up in 2009 and 2012 on home soil.
Star man: Kumar Sangakkara has become one of the best batters on the international scene. He oozes class and is a joy to watch in all forms
Verdict: With their experience and good blend of youth they have to be contenders. Also with one of the best T20 bowlers around in Laisth Malinga could this finally be Sri Lanka’s year?
World T20 history: England won the trophy in 2010 in the West Indies but have failed to get past the super 8’s since
Star man: With England suffering a big dent in their confidence this winter. Only one man has shown any promise that being Chris Jordan. If he can continue his success with the ball and hit a few big ones at the end of an innings, England will be better off for it
Verdict: After a disappointing winter England will be looking to bounce back. Would like to see them turn it around but can’t see them doing it here
World T20 history: They were the favourites in 2009 but only made the semi finals. Since then they have not made it past the super 8 stage
Star man: Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock has been in incredible form for the Proteas. He hit three successive centuries in the recent ODI series against India
Verdict: With the squad the South Africans have they should be right there till the end. They will be looking to get rid of the label “chokers”!
World T20 history: Got to the semis in 2007 at the first tournament but since then they haven’t made it through the super 8 stage
Star man: Big-hitting left-hander Corey Anderson has the quickest century scored in all formats of the game. 100 off of 36 balls
Verdict: The Kiwis are for me the dark horses of the tournament and I can see them getting to the semi’s who knows maybe winning it
World T20 history: Beat England in the opening game of 2009. Then they got thumped by Pakistan and failed to qualify
Star man: Left-arm spinner Pieter Seelaar is one of two from the XI that beat England in this year’s squad, also a handy asset in their attack
Verdict: Without the Dutch main man Ryan ten Doeschate their chances look very slim. Also we’ve seen their hitting prowess in the qualify stages. I can’t see them causing too much trouble this time around
World T20 history: Made the Super Eights at West Indies’ expense in 2007 but have not won a game since and lost to Ireland in 2009
Star man: Tamim Iqbal is a hard hitting left hander opener who if gets going can really take the game away from you. Bangladesh will be relying on his power hitting to get them out of the group stage
Verdict: Considering a couple of weeks ago they lost to Afghanistan in the Asia cup. Bangladesh will be glad they had some revenge in a must win game. This should give them confidents but can’t see them causing too much trouble amongst
the big boys
World T20 history: Champions in Sri Lanka in 2012. Also were semi-finalists in 2009
Star man: After causing England some trouble on slow Caribbean pitches in the lead-up to the tournament. Trinidadian spinner Sunil Narine has to be considered a threat on the slow turning pitches in Bangladesh
Verdict: No Kieran Pollard this time around but still have a good all round squad. If Chris Gayle finds form lookout!!
World T20 history: Won in there backyard in 2007. Got a semi in 2009
Star man: For me India’s star player has to be Virat Kohli – in the short format of the game he is there future for sure. Everything he does turns to gold. Did you know that if Virat scores 40+ India win 80% of their games in T20
Verdict: Will be very confident being so close to home in similar conditions. Captain Mahendra Dhoni is a great leader and having the four spinners in his side to call upon when needed. Finalists for sure!
World T20 history: Theses boys are one of the most successful teams in the T20 history. They were finalists in 2007, Winners in 2009 and semi-finalists on the last two outings
Star Man: For me Umar Gul – He has all the experienced needed to bowl at the depth in theses big games. Pakistan will rely on there spinners but if Umar Gul can take wickets at the end he will win games for them
Verdict: Pakistan are always unpredictable, but I personally think this helps with there success. How can you prepare to play against a side when you don’t know what you’re going to get? Can they find the form and confidents to go all the way who knows?!?
World T20 history: They were runners-up in 2010 and semi-finalists in 2007 and 2012. This is the only cup Australia have yet to win
Star Man: Opener Aaron Finch is rated the best T20 batsman around at the moment. I have no doubts he will show why in due course
Verdict: Very strong on the batting front. Their only weakness will be the spin department. Can 43-year-old chinaman bowler Bradd Hogg and 20-year-old leg-spinner James Muirhead step up on the big stage