Former England captain Michael Vaughan has been recently seen speaking about Team India’s ‘favourites’ tag. The tag has become trendy due to the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Virat Kohli and Co. has been seen playing exceptionally well in T20I in the last few years and records are up to the mark too.
The team also won over England, New Zealand, and Australia in the T20I series in the last couple of years. Well, many fans and experts have been looking forward to the victory of Men in Blue in all the upcoming matches. Well, The former England international reckoned India have been a long way off in the last few tournaments. Vaughan also stated that England are the favourites to win the championship.
He stated many big names being in the ranks and besides the Three Lions, Vaughan also stated that West Indies and Pakistan can be threats. Vaughan told BBC Test Match Special, “England for me are the favourites. I don’t know how India get the ‘favourites’ tag in T20 cricket. I just think they’ve been a long way off in the last few tournaments. West Indies and Pakistan will be threats. I wouldn’t write off Pakistan either. New Zealand have high-class players and you know they will come up with strategies to win games.”
The 46-year-old former player also said that Glenn Maxwell would enjoy a good time in the competition. He further added, “I’ll say it now, I don’t give Australia much chance. In T20 cricket they’ve struggled. Glenn Maxwell’s exceptional so he will have to have an incredible tournament. But I don’t see the Aussies doing too much. England, India, West Indies, New Zealand, one of those four and maybe Pakistan because of the conditions.”
Talking about the competition, Vaughan spoke about the track conditions. He said it would be critical in deciding the fate of all teams. “The pitches will be interesting because they’ve been used and slow [during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021]. I think 150-160 might be defendable scores,” he stated. Well, recently the team of India as well as England was spotted meeting each other in a warm-up match.
Virat Kohli’s led team was successful in winning over the England team and won the match. The Men in blue dominated the contest and registered a comfortable seven-wicket win against the other team.