Dubai: Former Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has said that no team is a clear contender to win the ICC T20 World Cup trophy. The tournament will start from October 17 in Muscat, the capital of Oman, while its final match will be played in Dubai on November 14.
‘Any team can lift the trophy’
“The most exciting thing about the T20 World Cup 2021 is that no team is clearly a contender,” Muralitharan said in a column for the ICC. Coming to tournaments in UAE and Oman, it seems that there are no standout sides and as a result, any team from the larger pool of teams can lift the trophy.
‘Powerplay most important’
Muralitharan believes that the powerplay overs will be crucial for the teams, be it batting first or bowling. He said, ‘The important factor will be the first 6 overs. Teams need to focus on this, whether they are batting or bowling. I think 70 to 80 per cent of the game depends on those first six overs and the result is how well you perform in that period.
‘Good start needed’
Muralitharan said, ‘People will look at the later overs and of course they are also important, but if you don’t get it right in the beginning, then there is very little time to catch. It is not like an ODI match or a Test match, everything depends on a good start. That’s why I think the World Cup is wide open.
Murali spoke on Sri Lankan team
Regarding Sri Lanka, Muralitharan said that the current team is not playing well due to which it is not in the Super-12 stage of the tournament. He said that Sri Lanka need to enjoy the game and not get under pressure.