Morgan Backs India as T20 World Cup Favorites Despite Recent Struggles

Former England captain Eoin Morgan has named India the frontrunners to win the upcoming T20 World Cup, citing their immense talent pool and squad depth.

India retained most of their squad from the last World Cup, adding exciting youngsters like Yashasvi Jaiswal, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Sanju Samson.

“India is the strongest team, even if they face injuries,” Morgan declared on Sky Sports. “Their depth is incredible. We’re practically talking about the quality of players who didn’t even make the final 15!”

Morgan believes India’s batting prowess on paper makes them a force to be reckoned with. “If they perform to their potential, they can beat anyone in the tournament,” he asserted.

Tough choices were made during team selection, with established stars like Shubman Gill and KL Rahul missing out.

“My only disagreement,” Morgan revealed, “is that I would’ve picked Shubman Gill over Yashasvi Jaiswal. I know his mindset and work ethic. He’s a future leader, and big tournaments benefit from multiple leaders on and off the field.”

India’s recent lack of ICC trophies (their last win being the 2013 Champions Trophy) hasn’t dampened Morgan’s optimism. He believes the team can overcome past disappointments, including their humiliating 10-wicket defeat to England in the 2021 T20 World Cup semi-final.

“The memories of Adelaide will sting,” Morgan acknowledged, referencing India’s recent World Cup heartbreak. “But their spinners and batting will be crucial, especially if pitches get slower. Additionally, their power hitters can be the difference-maker. I expect Shivam Dube to shine in this World Cup.”

However, former England captain Michael Atherton offered a contrasting perspective. “Everyone credits the IPL for India’s T20 prowess, but ironically, they won their only World Cup title before the IPL even existed,” he pointed out. India triumphed in the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007 under the leadership of MS Dhoni.

Can India finally break their ICC trophy drought and emerge victorious in the upcoming T20 World Cup? Only time will tell, but their talent and depth make them a team to watch.

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