Canít remember another world cricket event as open as this one: Harsha Bhogle

Mar 22 2014, 18:49 IST
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SummaryRealistically, any of six teams can win it, a seventh is a very strong dark horse and the eighth, well it depends on whether they believe they can!

and Sammy, they always seem to have a bowler extra. I am surprised they have left out Kevon Cooper and Jason Holder but Santokie and Badree are probably the horses for courses bowlers.

South Africa have been going under the radar a bit but du Plessis, Miller and de Villiers are all matchwinners, de Kock is a star in the making and Duminy is just the all-rounder they could be looking for. Phangiso is a good spinner and quick bowling has never been an issue and it helps that two of them, Albie Morkel and Parnell are fine strikers of the ball. Can a team of Amla, de Kock, du Plessis, de Villiers, Duminy, Miller, Morkel, Parnell, Steyn, Phangiso and Morkel win it? It will be a tough call to say they canít!

Little to fuss about

There is a noticeable lack of fuss around Sri Lanka too but I believe 50 overs is their stronger format especially for players like Jayawardene and Sangakkara. Dilshan is not getting younger and Chandimal hasnít really announced himself yet. I suspect bowling is their stronger suit and opponents are always recalibrating their targets when Malinga has two overs left. Those two should be favourites to qualify from their group.

That leaves a strong dark horse in New Zealand and a rather under-rated team in England. If the pitches are good, New Zealand present a daunting batting line up with Guptill, McCullum, and Taylor followed by the most versatile lower order in Munro, Anderson, Ronchi and Neesham. Spin bowling could be a weakness and indeed, playing it could be too and dare I say the flatter the tracks the better New Zealand will look.

In 2012 in Sri Lanka, England put up the most woeful performances against spin and seem to have struggled in the West Indies as well. That might be a big factor though it might favour them to be as low key as they are. I donít think teams are losing sleep playing England though and the only surprise this World T20 can throw up is if they win it.

I am expecting a great tournament though I hope the pitches are good enough given the amount of action they have had, especially at Mirpur. And I do wish the effect of the dew gets minimal as we go along. You can argue it is the same for both teams for the evening games but

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