Who Will Win ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 Title?

T20 World Cup 2024 Title: After the Indian cricket team defeated England in semi-final match by 68 runs, there are higher chances for the men-in-blue to lift the trophy by triumphing over South Africa in the finals of the T20 World Cup 2024.  Also, by winning the upcoming final match, Team India would succeed in lifting an ICC trophy after 10 years and add an ICC silverware to its name under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy.

At the same time, the South African cricket team shouldn’t be underestimated since they have managed to enter their first ICC final after a long wait. As a result, the Aiden Markram’s led side will be in the hunt to clinch their maiden World Cup trophy.

Mainly, the 55th match of the tournament marks the electrifying clash between the unbeaten sides of the tournament. Interestingly, the Proteas after securing a 9-wicket victory against Afghanistan in the 1st semi-final match, holds the record of joint highest number of wins in the T20 World Cup, and another victory would make them rank at leading position in this list.

Let’s scrutinize the SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis of India to predict their chances of winning against South Africa to become the defending champions of T20 World Cup 2024.

Team India’s SWOT Analysis for T20 World Cup 2024 Finals

The Indian Cricket Team’s SWOT analysis highlights the potential for winning against South Africa in the T20 World Cup 2024 finals:

1. Strengths:

  • Rohit Sharma’s comeback:
    • There has been huge criticism about Rohit Sharma’s form and fitness. But, the 36-year-old Indian skipper proves to the cricket world that age is just a number for him by scoring back-to-back fifties in two consecutive games against Australia in the Super 8s and England in the semi-finals.
    • Currently, Rohit Sharma — the Hitman, is the 3rd highest run scorer of the tournament by accumulating 248 runs in 7 innings at an average of 41.33 and strike rate of 155.97. He still needs 34 runs to surpass Rahmanullah Gurbaz (281 runs in 8 innings) to become the leading run scorer of T20 World Cup 2024. This proves that Rohit is not only a great captain but also a core opening right-handed batter for his team.
  • Suryakumar Yadav’s supportive role: With 196 runs in 7 matches, Suryakumar Yadav has played a crucial role in anchoring his team’s innings and strengthens the middle order batting unit.
  • Hardik Pandya’s finishing skills: Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya has played a perfect role of a finishing batsman with his power hitting abilities and has guided his team to competitive totals in several matches of this tournament. Additionally, his abilities as a pace bowler can provide a perfect backup to the bowling unit.
  • Perfect Combination of Spin and Pace in Bowling Department: The bowling lineup is well-equipped with two pacers (Arshdeep Singh and Jasprit Bumrah) and three spinners (Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav). If required, the fast bowling all-rounders Shivam Dube and Hardik Pandya can play a supportive role for Bumrah and Arshdeep.

    With 15 wickets in 7 matches, Arshdeep Singh ranks as the 2nd highest wicket taker and needs 3 more wickets to overtake the leading position held by the Afghan pacer Fazalhaq Farooqi (17 wickets in 8 matches).

2. Weaknesses:

  • Weak Opening Combination: Ahead of the tournament, there were high expectations about the Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (popularly known as “Ro-Ko” combination) to become one of the successful opening pairs in the T20 World Cup history. In contrast, the “Ro-Ko” combination as the opening batters have been ineffective by not even achieving a 50-run partnership in the 7 matches played so far.
  • Virat Kohli’s poor form: The run-machine Virat Kohli has experienced one of his worst World Cup campaigns by scoring just 75 runs in 7 innings at an average of 10.71.
  • Rishabh Pant’s failure with the bat: Although Rishabh Pant has secured his spot as one of the best wicketkeepers, but wasn’t able to deliver an exceptional performance batting at No.3 position, especially on the West Indies pitches. Unlike his masterclass innings played on the USA grounds (96 runs in 3 innings), Pant managed to score just 75 runs in 4 matches on the Caribbean soil.
  • Shivam Dube’s struggle against pacers and pacers: Despite having the power hitting abilities, Shivam Dube faces a huge trouble facing against the spinners and pacers. Mainly, the 31-year-old all-rounder has scored just 106 runs in 6 innings due to his lack of footwork techniques and inability to freely swing the bat, which makes his position uncertain in the playing XI for finals.

3. Opportunities:

  • Change in batting order: The Indian team management should plan to include the left-handed batter Yashasvi Jaiswal in place of Shivam Dube so that the batting line up gets strengthened up in the following ways:

    • Team India could get a perfect right and left-hand opening combination if Jaiswal could get a chance to open the innings with Rohit Sharma. As a result, the top order gets strengthened, thereby allowing the middle order batters to score runs freely without any pressure.
       Yashasvi’s slot as an opening batter makes Virat Kohli gets an opportunity to bat at his favorite No.3 position and has chances to get back into his best form. This helps him to make valuable contribution for his team.
    • Rishabh Pant could play his natural game batting at No.4 position.
  • Take advantage of South Africa’s pressure: The South African cricketers might get pressurized in their first ICC final by having the fear of getting choked up in a crucial phase of the tournament. This could be the perfect opportunity for Rohit Sharma and his men to play with an aggressive approach and try to maintain their domination against South Africa throughout the match. 

4. Threats:

  • Challenge to break the jinx: Similar to South Africa, Team India needs to break the jinx that has been haunting them in the ICC tournaments since the last 10 years. Despite qualifying into the knockout stages, the men-in-blue has faced a disappointment by not triumphing in the tournament. Even though the Indian cricket team managed to reach the finals of T20 World Cup in 2014, ODI World Cup in 2023 and World Test Championship (WTC) in 2021 and 2023, they still concluded as the runner-up and failed to clinch an ICC trophy.
  • Lack of bold decisions: Team India’s skipper Rohit Sharma hasn’t been bold with his decisions and has maintained the same batting line-up starting from their first match of the tournament against Ireland to the recent semi-final clash against England. Whereas in the bowling department, there has been only one change compared to the group stages and Super 8s — Kuldeep Yadav (spinner) was included in place of Mohammed Siraj (Pacer). 

    Despite Shivam Dube’s poor form, the Indian team management hasn’t made an attempt to experiment the batting order by including deserving talents such as Yashasvi Jaiswal and Sanju Samson. Rather, he was given additional chances to bat at the same position.

Although, the men-in-blue have won all the matches in the tournament so far and managed to reach the finals, several experts recommend implementing a change in batting line-up to deliver an outstanding performance against South Africa in the finals.

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