Subsequent to the Asia cup, another cricket extravaganza – ICC World T20 is set to commence from Tuesday. All teams are well prepared to launch a modest competition to each other in the 20-day long tournament.
Along with the hosts, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Bangladesh stances in the same group, out of whom only two will sail through knockouts. Based on their calendar year, here is the form guide of teams from Group 2.
Since the start of calendar year 2016, Australia have been in a recovering phase. Out of six T20 international matches played this year, Australia have won two matches after four consecutive defeats. In the recently concluded T20I series against South Africa, Australia clinched the series 2-1 to recover from a struggling form as the Aussies lost to India a clean-sweep 3-0.
With a winning percentage of 60 percent, Bangladesh have been fair in this calendar year. Starting with a draw against Zimbabwe in the 4-match T20I series, the Asian Tigers presented a great run in the Asia Cup. India were the only threats to them as the man-in-blue stunned Bangladesh twice in the T20 tournament.
Hovering through a winning momentum, India will try their best chances on the home soil. Winning 10 matches out of 11, played in the calendar year, India possess 2 series wins (Australia and Sri Lanka) and Asia Cup title. Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led blue battalion seems unstoppable at the moment and biggest contenders for the crown.
Exploiting the home pitches to the extent, New Zealand have pocketed a T20I series win against Sri Lanka (2-0) firstly and Pakistan (2-1) later in the year. With 4 wins out of 5 in total, New Zealand’s calendar year shows them in bright light. Kane Williamson-led Kiwis have not won a single title at World T20, for which they will put their souls to seal.
Battling through the political the hassle, Shahid Afridi-led Pakistan have finally made their way to India to participate in World T20. In the calendar year, Pakistan have won 3 out of 7 matches in all. During their series against New Zealand and Pakistan, return of tainted pacer Mohammad Amir, was the moment that lifted Pakistan to a stronger phase.