Ravi Shastri T20 World Cup 2024 Picks

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Ravi Shastri's Predictions, Picks & Tips for the ICC T20 World Cup

As we all know, Ravi Shastri, the Indian cricket legend, is a man of immense knowledge and experience. His insights and predictions, backed by his illustrious career, hold significant weight in the cricketing world . A few weeks ago, we had the privilege of speaking to him about the IPL , and his expert thoughts and predictions got us excited. During our conversation, we couldn't resist asking him about the upcoming T20 World Cup , set to take place in the West Indies and, for the first time, the U.S.A.

In 2022, England beat Pakistan in a nervy final, simultaneously making them the holders of both the 50-over and 20-over world cups. Here are Ravi Shastri's exclusive interview with Stake.com , highlighting his ICC World Cup 2024 picks.

T20 World Cup 2024 Format and Schedule

The USA, the co-hosts, will face Canada in the opening match on June 1st. The tournament will last nearly one month, with the final taking place on June 29. The opening game

will take place in a stadium not familiar to the vast majority of cricket fans at Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas, while the final will be held in Bridgetown, Barbados.

The 20 teams who qualified for this tournament are divided into four groups of five teams. Each team will play against every other team in their group once. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super Eight stage, consisting of two groups of four teams. The top two teams from these groups will then move on to the semi-finals.

The Super Eight stage of the tournament will begin on June 19th, and the final game will commence on June 25th. By then, we will have only four teams. Then, the players will have a day's rest, with both semi-finals being played on the 27th. This will eventually lead to one team being crowned the T20 World Cup champions.

Which Teams Qualified for the T20 World Cup in 2024?

This year's edition will feature 20 teams, the most in a T20 World Cup ever. Alongside hosts West Indies and USA, the top eight teams from the 2022 tournament, England, Pakistan, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Australia, and the Netherlands secured automatic qualification. Afghanistan and Bangladesh also qualified automatically based on their positions in the men's T20I team rankings.

Ireland and Scotland advanced through the European qualifier, while Canada emerged victorious in the Americas qualifier. Nepal and Oman qualified from the Asia region, and Namibia and Uganda from Africa. Papua New Guinea clinched their spot by winning the East Asia-Pacific qualifier.

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Canada Australia Afghanistan Bangladesh
India England Papua New Guinea South Africa
Ireland Namibia New Zealand Sri Lanka
Pakistan Oman Uganda Nepal
USA Scotland West Indies The Netherlands

Ravi Shastri's T20 World Cup Picks & Predictions

When asked who he believes will be in the final four, Shastri unsurprisingly backed India, England, and Australia. The T20 World Cup will likely go to one of these three teams since they are the strongest on paper. They also have the luxury of playing their full-strength side more often than the other international sides competing in this tournament.

England are the holders of the ICC T20 World Cup and have several batters capable of winning games on their own. India is a team that ticks every box, while Australia is simply Australia. They win major cricketing tournaments even when it appears they are not the favorites.

Ravi Shastri's World Cup 2024 Dark Horses

Shastri has South Africa down as a potential dark horse. They are still chasing their first major international trophy but have some heavy hitters and potential match-winners with the ball.

He also backs the West Indies to surprise a few people. The West Indies, known for their unpredictable and exciting style of play, are unlikely to win the cricket T20 World Cup, but we can also see Shastri's logic in backing them as dark horses. They have a team full of athletes, and if everything clicks, they can win games of cricket. They have won this tournament on two occasions before, and it's the one discipline of cricket the West Indies are still capable of competing in on a consistent basis.

Sunil Narine was incredible for KKR in the IPL. We asked Shastri if he thought his inclusion would improve the Windies' chances of success.

"Yes, for sure, West Indies have some match winners with a lot of T20 experience, and Sunil Narine is one of them, so expect him to be a crucial part of the West Indies squad".

Ravi Shastri's Views on India's World Cup T20 Chances

When the Indian team steps onto the cricket field, they carry their hopes, dreams, and the weight of a nation's expectations. Their performance at the 50-over World Cup was nothing short of remarkable. They won every game until the final, when a resilient Australian side bested them.

The IPL demonstrates that India's talent pool is monstrous, so we thought we would ask Shastri about some decisions he would make if he were still in charge of this Indian team.

Firstly, we asked him if he was concerned about Shivam Dube's dip in form since the T20 WC squad was announced.

"Not really, because conditions and surroundings in franchise tournaments compared to World Cup events are much different, and it becomes all about the player's rhythm. Shivam Dube is in a good rhythm and mind space, so he should be able to perform well."

There will always be some fine Indian batsmen who do not make the starting XI, such is the level of talent available. With this in mind, we thought it would be fun for him to compare Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson. If Shastri could pick only one of these to play, who would it be and why?

"It will depend greatly on the Indian team's mindset, the conditions, and decision to stick with the left and right-hand combinations in their middle order. Both players are match winners, so that will be the captain's call in the end".

Virat Kohli is back to his very best after an incredible season with RCB, and Indian cricket fans are pondering where the great should bat in this Indian side. We asked Shastri if the Indian management might consider opening the batting with the legend.

"I think India needs a player of his quality and experience to come in at 3, considering Yashasvi and Rohit Sharma will be opening the batting. So, I don't see India changing their combinations too much".

How to Watch T20 World Cup Online on Stake

We know the process: First, you will scan the T20 World Cup 2024 odds right here on Stake sportsbook .. Are you one of those people who like to bet on a long shot? If so, check out the odds for Sri Lanka winning.

After that, you will want to watch all the action unfold live and free on our platform . Shastri told us in our interview that he is interested in watching more than just the big teams. The USA will be playing, and he is fascinated to see their capabilities. The great man will have the pleasure of being at the tournament, but we can bring you the next best thing with our streaming service.

Watching the T20 World Cup and the drama unfold couldn't be easier. Simply click on the live stream icon next to the selected event to watch all the cricket you desire. Visit our live streaming guide to learn more about how to watch your favourite games. Whether you're a cricket enthusiast or a casual sports fan, you can watch all major upcoming cricket games on Stake.com.