The 2021 T20 World Cup has started in the Middle East. Four teams, namely Ireland, Netherlands, Oman and Papua New Guinea, have already been eliminated from the competition. 12 teams, namely India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, New Zealand, Namibia, Scotland, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Australia, South Africa, West Indies and England are still alive in the race. The one big question in the mind of fans is – Who will win the Man of the tournament?
The Super 12 round has just kicked off with a star-studded match-up featuring 2010 T20 WC runners-up Australia and the hosts of the inaugural tournament, South Africa. There are some highly-anticipated matches in the second round of the T20 World Cup. Fans expect the star players to bring their ‘A’ game to the table. Winning the Man of the Tournament is perhaps the biggest individual achievement for a player in the T20 World Cup. In this listicle today, we will predict the five names who are the favorites to win that title in 2021.
1. KL Rahul can win Man of the Tournament
Indian batter KL Rahul has enjoyed batting in the Middle East. Last year, the right-handed batter won the Orange Cap in IPL 2020 which was hosted by the UAE. This year, he played a fantastic knock against the Chennai Super Kings in his last league game played in the UAE. Also, Rahul looked good in the warm-up matches.
Captain Virat Kohli has confirmed that Rahul will open the innings along with Rohit Sharma. Rahul will have the freedom to play his natural game. If he continues to play the way he has over the past two years, it should not be a surprise if he takes the Man of the Tournament award home.
2. Glenn Maxwell
Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell was in phenomenal touch during the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League. He made his Royal Challengers Bangalore debut this season and ended up scoring more runs than the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Devdutt Padikkal. Maxwell also contributed a bit with the ball.
Again, if Maxwell is able to perform in a similar manner for the Australian side, he will be a top contender to win the Man of the Tournament prize.
3. Shakib Al Hasan is ahead in the race to win Man of the Tournament
Shakib Al Hasan was in action during the first round of the T20 World Cup 2021. He played three games for Bangladesh and ended Round 1 as the leading wicket-taker among all teams. The southpaw also scored well with the bat.
Since the entire tournament will come into consideration, Shakib can take the Man of the Series title home if his form remains the same when he plays in the Super 12 round.
4. Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson is perhaps an underrated T20 batter. However, fans should remember that he played exceptionally well for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2018. Also, he has been a consistent performer for the New Zealand cricket team.
Williamson has played a lot of cricket in the UAE over the last two years. Thus, the right-handed batter will be one of the favorites for the Man of the Tournament winner of T20 World Cup 2021.
5. Jasprit Bumrah
The final name on this list is of Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah. Like KL Rahul, Bumrah performed brilliantly for his IPL team in the matches played in the UAE. Bumrah will lead the Indian pace attack in the 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup.
The Gujarat-based pacer should take the Man of the Tournament title home if he manages to continue his IPL form. Bumrah is the hot favorite among all bowlers.