The much-awaited Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE and Oman will kickstart from 17 October. 16 teams will participate in the mega event and the final will take place in Dubai on 14 November. India will take on arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening match on 24 October. India is placed in group 2 alongside Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, and two more teams which will be decided in the Round 1 of the tournament.
Round 1 will begin on 17 October
Before the main tournament, round one will decide the final four teams who will join the eight teams in the Super-12 stage. the tournament will begin with the Round 1 Group B encounter between hosts Oman and Papua New Guinea on 17 October. Round one will be played in two groups of four teams each. The top two teams from each group will proceed to the Super-12 stage of the tournament, beginning on 23 October. A total of 12 matches will be played in round one.
Group A includes Sri Lanka, Ireland, Namibia, and Netherland. Whereas, Group B consists of Scotland, Bangladesh, Oman, and Papua New Guinea. The round will conclude on 22 October. Namibia and Papua New Guinea will be participating for the first time in an international ICC world tournament.
The second round of the tournament – the Super-12 stage – will get underway with the Group 1 contest between Australia and South Africa in Abu Dhabi on 23 October. The Super-12 stage will see Group 1 and Group 2 with 6 teams each. Group 1 includes England, South Africa, Australia, two-time T20 champions West Indies alongside the winner of group A and runner-up of Group B from round 1.
Group 2 includes India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan alongside the winner of group B and runner-up of Group A from round 1. The Super-12 Stage will conclude on 8 November follower by semis and final.
India’s record at T20 world cups
India was the champion of the initial T20 world cup which was held in South Africa in 2007. In the next three editions – 2009, 2010, and 2012 – India finished in the Super 8s. In 2014, team India missed out on the trophy as they lost in the final against Sri Lanka. India hosted the 2016 T20 world cup, as hopes were high but the team crashed out in the semis.