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Exhilaration and Anticipation for the Cricket World Cup

This October, the Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup, consisting of shorter three-hour games, is returning to the United Arab Emirates and Oman. Cricketers from across the world train and practice tremendously to represent their nation, looking to bring home the majestic trophy. The world’s finest cricket teams come together and face-off until one is crowned victorious at the International Cricket Council (ICC) event.  

The Super 12 is one of the stages of the T20 Cricket World Cup. Afghanistan, Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, and the West Indies teams will play against four other yet-to-be-decided teams in a round-robin tournament. The four teams will be from either Bangladesh, Ireland, Namibia, the Netherlands, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, or Sri Lanka. Out of all 12 teams, the four with the most points will make their way to the semi-finals. The top two teams will progress to the Knock-Out stage.  

There are many players to keep your eye on in this tournament, including legendary Indian cricketer Virat Kohli (32) also known as the “King of Cricket” and “King Kohli.” Virat Kohli is a top-order batter, captain of the Indian national cricket team. His stats in T20 cricket are sensational, having scored a whopping 9235 runs and a strike rate of 139.04. He is an outstanding player.  

The most anticipated game in the tournament is India against Pakistan, a 69-year-old rivalry. Since the T20 Cricket World Cup started, India and Pakistan have played a total of five games. India has won four. India is looking to take the victory this year, but it won’t be easy. India is not used to playing in the extreme heat of the United Arab Emirates or Oman. Furthermore, India has not played many T20 matches in the past couple of months. It will take them a considerable amount of time to adjust.  

The conditions may be challenging, but I believe that India will win the tournament. India has exceptional bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja and formidable batters like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. India has also won seven of the Asia Cup Championship tournaments, making them one of the most successful teams in the world. This tournament will be a wildly competitive clash between every team and will be enjoyable no matter what. 

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