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Vaughan terms India favourites for 2021 T20 World Cup

Written by Abhishek Patil

Ever since England have commenced their tour of India, in early February 2021, former captain Michael Vaughan’s views and tweets have often created a stir. Vaughan, who is very active on social media platforms, often shares his views on the gentlemen’s game and his series of tweets criticising the pitches on offer for the four Tests and labelling Mumbai Indians’ (MI) as a better T20 team than Team India had irked many ardent Indian cricket fans.

On Saturday (March 20), Vaughan took a U-turn from his earlier analysis of Team India after they defeated Eoin Morgan-led England in the fifth and final T20I to win the series 3-2. Vaughan took to his official Twitter handle to mention that India adapted really well in the series, despite trailing behind twice, and will be stronger with the return of all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and ace pacer Jasprit Bumrah. He even went onto name Virat Kohli & Co. as favourites for this year’s T20 World Cup.

He wrote, “India have adapted brilliantly in this series … the better team have won … Add @Jaspritbumrah93 &  @imjadeja to this team in Indian conditions & they are favourites to win the T20 World Cup … Great series to watch .. #INDvsENG”

It is interesting to note that just before the commencement of the India-England fifth and final T20I, at the Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium, Ahmedabad, Vaughan had tweeted saying, “I reckon today’s T20 final could be the T20 World Cup final in 8 months … At the same venue … England to win … #INDvENG”

Morgan won the toss and asked India to bat first on a batting-friendly track. India rode on half-centuries from openers Rohit Sharma (64) and captain Kohli (80 not out) along with quickfire knocks from Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya to post a mammoth 224-2.

In reply, England were in the chase till Jos Buttler and Dawid Malan’s 130-run stand, for the second wicket, but the equation changed soon after the duo were sent back. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2 for 15) was adjudged Player-of-the-Match as India restricted England for 188-8 whereas Kohli walked away with the Player-of-the-Series award.

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Abhishek Patil