The T20 World Cup 2022 to be hosted by Australia, is set to begin on 16 October 2022. Eight teams divided into two groups will play 12 qualifier matches. Four teams will join the already qualified eight teams in the Super 12 stage of the competition.
Defending champions Australia will try to exploit a home advantage in a bid to retain the title they won last year. However, several other teams, especially India, could make it tough for the Aussies. This is something I take into account in my T20 World Cup predictions. You can also learn about top T20 World Cup betting sites.
What Are My Predictions for the 2022 T20 World Cup?
In this T20 World Cup predictions article, I provide my comprehensive predictions for the 2022 T20 World Cup. As a cricket enthusiast, I would like to share the following predictions. Note: My every ICC T20 World Cup prediction is based on my expertise borne of experience.
T20 World Cup Prediction Astrology
My T20 World Cup prediction astrology is based on the current form displayed by various teams. Often, teams play well in bilateral series but fail on the big stage. For every T20 World Cup match prediction, I have also considered the performances in the last World Cup competition. The tables below are the points tables from the T20 World Cup 2021.
T20 World Cup Group 1 Points Table:
T20 World Cup Group 2 Points Table:
T20 World Cup Predictions by Group Stage
T20 World Cup 2022 is due to begin on 16 October with the qualifiers. In the qualifiers, 8 teams divided equally into groups A and B will compete for four spots in the Super 12.
Afghanistan, Australia, England, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and South Africa have already qualified for the Super 12 by virtue of their performance in the T20 World Cup 2021. In this part of my T20 World Cup predictions, I consider which team in each group has the highest chances of topping the respective group.
Qualifiers Group A
This group consists of Sri Lanka, Namibia, UAE, and the Netherlands. In my view, Sri Lanka will top this group. Of the rest, the Netherlands are the strongest. However, I believe that Sri Lanka’s vast experience will help them to weather the challenge.
Qualifiers Group B
West Indies, Scotland, Ireland, and Zimbabwe are the four teams in this group. This group is much more competitive than Group A. However, West Indies have enough firepower to be able to fend off the rival teams.
ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Super 12s Prediction
The 12 teams of the Super 12 will be divided into two groups, 1 and 2. A1, qualifier group A winners, and B2, qualifier group B runners up will join group 1. Likewise, A2, qualifier group A runners up, and B1, qualifier group B winners, will join Super 12 group 2.
In my T20 World Cup predictions, I foresee that Sri Lanka will top group A, followed by Namibia in second place. Likewise, West Indies will top group B, with Zimbabwe in second place. Thus, the Super 12 groups will be as follows:
- Group 1: Afghanistan, Australia, England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe
- Group 2: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Africa, West Indies, and Namibia.
In the following tables, I have shown the compositions of qualifier groups A and B. I have also included the odds reflecting their chances of winning the World Cup. Note that the odds are subject to frequent changes. To get the latest ones, please visit the operator’s site.
|Group A Teams||Odds as per 1xBet|
|Group B Teams||Odds as per 1xBet|
Super 12 Group 1
This group includes Australia, New Zealand, England, Afghanistan, and two qualifiers. I favour Australia to top this group. England and New Zealand are strong sides capable of upsetting Australia’s applecart. However, Australia’s home advantage could prove too much.
Super 12 Group 2
India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Africa and two qualifiers define this group. The competition for the top spot in this group is between India and Pakistan. I believe India are stronger man-for-man and should register one more win over their traditional rivals and top the group.
The top two teams from each Super 12 group will advance to the semi-finals. I predict that India, Pakistan, Australia, and England will reach the semi-finals.
T20 World Cup Semi-Final Predictions
Next, I dedicate my T20 World Cup predictions to commenting on the semi-final matches. I predict that India will beat England, and Australia will beat Pakistan, in their respective semi-final games.
T20 World Cup 2022 Final Predictions
I believe that India will beat Australia in the final to win their second T20 World Cup trophy.
T20 World Cup Top cricket player predictions
Now, I come to what are definitely my favourite T20 World Cup predictions: top batter and top bowler.
Which Batter Will Score the Most Runs?
The players with the most opportunities are obviously the opening batters of the various teams. For instance, India has Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. Likewise, Australia have a top candidate in David Warner. Jonny Bairstow of England will fancy his chances, as will South Africa’s De Kock and New Zealand’s Devon Conway.
Pakistan’s Babar Azam and M Rizwan will also stake their claims. The top batter is likely to belong to a team that plays the final. That narrows down my choices to players from Australia and India. I will stick my neck out and predict that India’s KL Rahul will be the highest scorer of T20 World Cup 2022.
Which Bowler Will Take the Most Wickets?
There are several outstanding bowlers in the fray. India’s Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Yuzvendra Chahal are prime candidates to take the most wickets. Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi needs no introduction. Australia have Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, while South Africa boast a potent pair in the form of Rabada and Nortje.
New Zealand’s Trent Boult is a threat to any rival batter. As in the case of the top batter, the top bowler will also belong to a team that features in the title clash. I predict that the honour will go to India’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar, with his penchant for grabbing wickets in the powerplay overs.
Which Team Has More Chances to Win T20 World Cup
Bookmakers make defending champions Australia joint-favourites with India to lift the T20 World Cup trophy in 2022. In this part of my T20 World Cup Predictions, I consider six teams that can win the World Cup.
In the following table, I have shown the odds attracted by these top teams. I have also added their %-age chances of winning. This should help answer the question, which team has more chances to win the T20 World Cup?
2022 World Cup Predictions Cricket:
|Team||Odds||Percentage Chances of Winning|
Australia are the defending champions. Moreover, they will be playing the T20 World Cup 2022 at home. In the T20 World Cup 2021, they qualified for the semi-finals with wins over South Africa, West Indies, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.
The loss to England did not affect Aaron Finch’s men as they had a better NRR than South Africa. In the bargain, they beat Pakistan in the semi-final before going on to trump New Zealand in the title clash.
Not surprisingly, Australia are considered joint favourites alongside India to win the T20 World Cup 2022. Since (and including) T20 World Cup 2021, Australia have played 16 matches, winning 12, losing 3, and tying one. But after the World Cup, the defending champions have only played against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
Having said that, Australia recently registered an impressive 2-1 win over Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. Importantly, that series win was built around an impressive bowling performance. In the absence of their best bowler, Pat Cummins, Australia bowled out the hosts twice for less than 130 runs. Starc, Hazlewood, Jhye Richardson, and Kane Richardson took wickets, as did Glenn Maxwell.
The series was also a test of Australia’s batting strength. On sub-continental wickets that favour spin, their batters showed the ability to adjust to the conditions. Earlier, in April, a new look Australian squad registered a convincing win in a one-off T20I match versus Pakistan. As the World Cup will be held in familiar home conditions, the hosts have good reason to feel confident.
Players to watch out for:
The batting looks reliable, with David Warner, Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, and Marcus Stoinis doing duty. The bowling looks ominously good, with the right combination for hard Australian wickets. I expect Cummins and Hazlewood, in particular, to be more than a handful for rival batters. Another player who could come good when it matters is all-rounder Marcus Stoinis.
India had another disappointing experience at an ICC competition, exiting at the group stage in T20 World Cup 2021. They lost their opening game to Pakistan and went on to lose to New Zealand. Their subsequent wins over Afghanistan, Scotland, and Namibia were not enough to get them to the semi-finals.
However, India have returned to their dominant best since that World Cup debacle. They have played 24 games of which they have won 20 and lost 3, with one game ending without a result. They won their most recent series versus West Indies, 4-1.
India have an embarrassment of choices in every department. However, there lies the problem. The team management will need to find the right combination. India have been experimenting with several combinations in the last few months. Fortunately for India, Pakistan are the only team that could trouble them in the Super 12 group.
Though South Africa can never be underestimated, India have had the measure of them in recent matches. Qualification for the semi-finals seems a likely prospect. Thus, India can afford to experiment in the matches against Bangladesh and the two qualifiers in their group. The team management will have to make hard decisions at the semi-finals stage.
Will they play Pant if Karthik is included as a finisher? Can they afford to play more than one spinner on Australian wickets? If India can get their batting combination right, there will be no stopping them. The prospect of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar handling the new ball is a reassuring thought.
Chahal should play as the lone spinner, though Axar Patel is the better bat. Hardik Pandya’s ability to bowl a full quota could prove to be the winning difference.
Players to watch out for:
Hardik Pandya is the first name that comes to mind. The champion all-rounder will be key to India’s fortunes. Sharma and Rahul at the top of the order, followed by the in-form Suryakumar Yadav, will give rival bowlers plenty to think about. A fully fit Jasprit Bumrah could tilt the balance decisively in India’s favour.
England did very well in the T20 World Cup 2021. They beat West Indies, Bangladesh, Australia, and Sri Lanka to qualify for the semi-finals from their group. They had only a solitary loss to South Africa and qualified for the semi-finals by virtue of a better NRR. Though they lost in the semi-final to New Zealand, they set a reasonably high target of 167, batting first.
Since that World Cup, England have played 11 matches, won 7, and lost 4. In fact, they have lost three bilateral series 2-3 against West Indies, 1-2 versus India, and 1-2 versus South Africa. These performances belie the bookmakers’ odds that make England the third-most likely title winner after Australia and India.
Having said that, England are still experimenting with their squad to finalise the best possible eleven. They visited the Caribbeans with a new-look squad. Many of their regular players featured in the home series versus India and South Africa. To their credit, England have had a few great innings in which their batters have played to potential. For instance, in the latest series against South Africa, they smashed 234/6 in the first game.
That score was made possible thanks to fifties by Bairstow and Moeen Ali. In the previous series versus India, they registered an innings of 215/7 in which Dawid Malan scored a quickfire half-century. In the bowling department, England have found a new talent in Topley, who was among the wickets in both those series.
Players to watch out for:
Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler are the go-to batters for England. Either man on his day can win a game on his own. Liam Livingstone has explosive talent, too, though he has not been consistent.
In bowling, Jordan is the most reliable player, and his experience could prove crucial. Topley has been a brilliant find and could use the occasion to advertise his wares. Moeen Ali, who brings all-round flair to the party, could also play a key role.
New Zealand were the surprise packet of the T20 World Cup 2021 tournament. Placed in a strong group along with India and Pakistan, they qualified for the semi-finals by beating India, Afghanistan, Scotland, and Namibia. They went on to beat England in the semi-final, avenging their loss in the final of the ODI World Cup in 2019. Unfortunately for the Kiwis, they were yet again denied a World Cup title by Australia.
Since the World Cup, New Zealand have played 13 matches, of which they have won 9 and lost 4. Three of those 4 losses came in a 3-match series against India. In New Zealand’s defence, they were without their two best batsmen, Williamson and Conway, in that series. After that series, they went on to beat Ireland 3-0, Scotland 2-0, Holland 2-0, and West Indies 2-1, all in away series.
In the latest series versus West Indies, they were finally back to full strength. Barring India, all their rivals have been relatively weak teams. However, New Zealand have made the most of those practice matches to find their best eleven. The biggest find of recent times is Glenn Phillips who has had many good scores. His penchant for big shots makes Phillips a prospective finisher. Ish Sodhi gives the team a second spin option alongside Santner. Boult, Southee, and Bracewell are reliable seam bowlers.
Players to watch out for:
Devon Conway and Glenn Phillips could prove to be the most explosive New Zealand batters at the World Cup. Boult, an established match winner in possibly his last T20 World Cup, would want to prove a thing or two. Neesham, who played some crucial knocks in the last T20 World Cup, could do it all over again.
Pakistan had a brilliant T20 World Cup 2021. They won all their five group matches versus India, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Scotland, and Namibia. They went on to lose to Australia in the semi-final. Since that World Cup, they have played only 7 T20Is, winning 6 and losing one.
Pakistan won an away series 3-0 versus Bangladesh before beating West Indies at home by the same score-line. However, that was in 2021. This year, they have played (and lost) only one game, versus Australia.
Pakistan have been on a resurgent trail since Babar Azam took over as captain. A player of rare cricketing intelligence and uncompromising discipline, the Pakistan skipper has led by example. Importantly, the Pakistan selectors have cooperated with the captain, giving him the players he has sought.
In the process, Pakistan have put together a fine T20 combination, with the right balance of batting, bowling, and all-round strengths. They still have their old failings. For instance, Fakhar Zaman is a match-winning batter on his day. On another day, he could throw away his wicket without scoring. Somebody like Asif Ali could add precious runs in the death overs, as he proved in the last T20 World Cup.
Pakistan’s real strength lies in the presence of two responsible match-winning batters, M Rizwan and Babar Azam himself. However, overreliance on these players has been the team’s bane. If rival bowlers can prise the duo out early, that’s half the battle won.
Coming to the bowling, new ball operators Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Rauf can compete with the world’s best. Shadab Khan and Usman Qadir are great spin options who can keep rival batters quiet in the middle overs. With a little luck, Pakistan could go all the way.
Players to watch out for:
I have already mentioned Babar Azam, who is surely the world’s best batter across formats. Rizwan has been consistently among the runs for over two years. Shaheen Afridi has earned a fearsome reputation as a new ball operator. Knowing Pakistan, they could even throw up a new match winner, such as Naseem Shah, to turn the tide in the team’s favour.
South Africa turned out to be the surprise package of the T20 World Cup 2021. They were in the same group as Australia and England. Bavuma’s men sent shock waves through their group by beating England. As things transpired, Australia beat South Africa, and England beat Australia. Armed with a better NRR than South Africa, Australia and England qualified for the semi-finals.
After the World Cup, the Proteas have played 10 T20I matches, of which they have won 6 and lost 3. One game ended without a result. After drawing 2-2 in their series versus India, South Africa beat England 2-1 and Ireland 2-0 in the away series. Their performance against England, in particular, was impressive, considering that Rabada was absent due to injury. David Miller has been in piping hot form since the IPL.
The South African selectors have wisely handed him the captaincy. With several batters striking form, the top order looks solid. The likes of Hendricks, De Kock, van der Dussen, Markram, Klaasen and Miller are a handful for any opposition. With Rabada back in action, the bowling looks just as impressive. Nortje, Ngidi, Jansen, Pretorius, Maharaj, and Shamsi give the selectors an embarrassment of choices.
Players to watch out for:
The South African bowling line up is scarily effective. Rabada and Nortje are arguably the most potent new ball pair in T20 cricket. In the batting, Miller could prove key to South Africa’s plans to give their bowlers enough runs to defend.
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T20 World Cup predictions FAQ
I dedicate this section of my T20 World Cup predictions to answering some frequently asked questions.
Predicting who will win T20 World Cup 2022 cricket is tough, given the competition. However, I believe that India will fulfil their potential as favourites to win the T20 World Cup 2022.
Defending champions Australia will enjoy home advantage in the T20 World Cup 2022. However, bookmakers consider India joint favourites to lift the trophy. This is also intended as an answer to those who ask, will India win the T20 World Cup 2022?
The final of T20 World Cup 2022 will be held in Melbourne on 13 November 2022.
The T20 World Cup 2021 was won by Australia, who beat New Zealand by 8 wickets.