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Kevin Pietersen Betway blog: T20 World Cup week 2 05 11 21

05 Nov | BY Kevin Pietersen | MIN READ TIME |
Kevin Pietersen Betway blog: T20 World Cup week 2 05 11 21

The Betway ambassador discusses why Eoin Morgan’s side are huge favourites to win the T20 World Cup and sympathises with India’s bubble fatigue.

England should win the World Cup

England now have a fantastic chance of winning this World Cup.

They have been dominant in every facet of the game – brilliant with the bat, the ball and especially in the field.

Anything can happen in a one-off T20 match, of course, but realistically the only team that can stop them is Pakistan on a used, slow pitch.

People might say Eoin Morgan’s haven’t been tested yet, but that’s only because they have beaten top teams Australia and West Indies very comfortably. When they had a close match against Sri Lanka, they came through it.

If they are on any sort of decent wicket, it doesn’t look like they can be beaten.

Nothing but respect for New Zealand

I didn’t even consider New Zealand as contenders at the start of the tournament but they are proving, once again, that they are a force to be reckoned with in all formats.

I have so much admiration for them. It is a small island with a small population and they continue to be one of the best teams in the world.

Their beating of India, which puts them in a fantastic position to qualify for the semi-finals, was a victory for team spirit, camaraderie and playing for each other. Not every team has that.

Of course, you need a couple of star performers. Ish Sodhi is a very good, underrated leg-spinner and they know that Kane Williamson and Trent Boult will always perform.

But what stands them out is their spirit. Who knows how far that could take them in this competition.

Bubble fatigue explains India’s struggles

A few weeks ago, Virat Kohli tweeted a picture of himself tied up in a chair, with the caption: “This is what playing in bubbles feels like.”

The circumstances that these players are dealing with cannot be forgotten. It continues to affect performance and consistency levels.

The players are mentally fatigued – particularly India, who spent the summer touring England in a bubble, returned home for the IPL and have come straight into this competition.

To be honest, I think the players are over these bubbles and I don’t blame them.

I covered The Hundred in the summer and players were allowed to move around freely. It’s the same in the Premier League in England now. If you want the best from these players, they have to be allowed to live.

Of course, India are not out of this tournament yet, but their struggles are understandable.

Social media abuse of India team is disraceful

What do players do when they have nothing else to do other than sit in their hotel room? Read social media.

So the level of abuse I have seen sent towards the India players on social media is nothing short of disgraceful.

No sportsperson goes out there to lose. A real fan is somebody who understands that, somebody who is disappointed but not abusive.

I’ve been in dressing rooms when you’re annihilated and humiliated and there’s nothing more you can do. You still tried your best.

For the India team to be on the receiving end of such abuse when they’ve lived in bubbles in order to entertain the public for the last few months is ridiculous.

It’s also counter-productive, because a combination of poor form and continual abuse can send a player into a downward spiral. It won’t help.

Rahul Dravid is an exciting appointment as India head coach

Rahul Dravid is an absolute legend. He’s a great friend of mine, who helped me a lot with my batting during my career.

He’s a terrific appointment – somebody who understands Indian cricket, what it takes to represent India, and what’s required to be successful at the highest level.

I wish him all the best.

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Kevin Pietersen

World T20 and four-time Ashes winner, who retired as England’s second-highest run scorer of all time with 13,797 across all formats.

Kevin Pietersen

World T20 and four-time Ashes winner, who retired as England’s second-highest run scorer of all time with 13,797 across all formats.