Who will be the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 champion?

who will win World T20 2016
Sri Lanka- Champion of 2014 ICC World T20
This question was originally answered on Quora. Answer below by quora user Rahul Shrivastava.

Being an Indian I will always want India to win the World Cup.
But let us rationally analyse each and every team participating in the WC 2016.
Warning: This answer is LONG!!


India has an added advantage of playing at home. They know the conditions well. Though they aren't allowed to make doctored pitches as ICC have a close look at the pitches, but the basic ingredient of spin will always be present. The batting looks formidable with top three among the runs consistently now. Dhawan was out of form for a while but now he has also played some confidence-boosting innings. Rohit and Virat are at their peak. Yuvi and Dhoni are master finishers though both of them haven't had much of batting practice in the matches. Hardik Pandya and Sir Jadeja and Ashwin (if you consider him an allrounder) will fill the spots automatically. So India will bat deep. Bowling has been a problem though Nehra and Bumrah has shown promise. Ashwin and Jadeja would be lethal. WC in India means Raina and Yuvi are also part time bowling options and Pandya can definitely chip in. So a very good side with all pieces well set.

Players to watch out for: Kohli, Rohit, Ashwin, Jadeja, Bumrah


Bowling has been Pakistan's main strength. But I only find a problem with variety in bowling. Irfan, Aamir and Riaz are all left arm seamers. Spin department is not so good with only Afridi being a regular option. Malik and Hafeez are part-timers. Nawaz and Wasim are left arm orthodox and still new to international circuit. They can surprise you with their batting with Afridi, Malik, Umar Akmal and Sarfraz. But again, it can't be banked on.

Players to watch out for: Afridi, Malik, U Akmal, Sarfraz, Aamir

Sri Lanka:

The Lankan lions will be without the services of Sanga and Mahela and Dilshan is out of form. Matthews has fought lone battle on many occasions. Players like Chandimal and Kapugedra need to step up. Bowling looks quite okay with Malinga, Herath, Chameera and Senanayake. Expecting from others will be a little too much. Siriwardana and Shanaka had shown promise but he needs to step up as well. A collective effort is what they would need to win!

Players to watch out for - Matthews, Shanaka, Chameera, Chandimal


Australia, any day are one of the prime contenders to win the tournament. Batting is formidable with Smith, Warner and Finch at the top. Maxwell, Marsh and Faulkner are power hitters. Watson is dangerous provided he is given opportunity at the top which looks impossible with the current set up. Fast bowling is decent with Hazlewood and Hastings. Only concern looks to be the spin department where Zampa, Agar and Maxwell will have to fill in. This can be a problem. Considering the pitches, this will be something that the opposition will target against them.

Players to watch out for: Smith, Warner, Watson, Maxwell

South Africa:

Recently South Africa has shown their class against England. Amla and the DuDes (duPlessis, deVillers and deKock) will be the key. Not to forget the ton-man QDK. Batting looks amazingly good with Duminy and Miller as well in the lineup. Steyn, Rabada will be the key to their bowling. Again spin department is the problem as you can't bank on Tahir and Phangiso. But their batting can win matches for them. The 360 ABD is alone to make that batting line up look like a Goliath. Spin is the problem.

Players to watch out for: DuDes, Amla, Steyn, Rabada, Duminy


Batting looks quite good with power hitters like Morgan, Hales and Buttler in the side. Root will provide stability. Stokes will be the key in the middle order and with the ball. Bowling looks quite shaky with lack of a quality spinner and even average fast bowlers. They can be taken to cleaners any day and we saw that in their last encounter with SAfrica.

Players to watch out for: Hales, Buttler, Stokes, Rashid

West Indies:

West Indies team have lone match winners. On their day Gayle, Sammy, Bravo, Russel can alone win matches for you. But their batsmen can't be banked upon. Gayle on his day will win you matches but ON HIS DAY! Bowling is really poor. Benn and Badree are good but not always. Fast bowling department also has loopholes. Holder and Taylor are good but they haven't been consistent. Watch this team out for some amazing cricket.

Players to watch out for: Gayle, Bravo, Russel, Badree, Taylor

New Zealand:

McCullum will be missed! Guptill, Ross and Williamson are key players and likes of Munro, Anderson and Santner will be fun to watch. They have the firepower in their batting. Pace bowling department is decent with Boult, Southee, Henry and McCleneghan. Spin bowling is raw with Sodhi, Santner and Nathan McCullum the options. Again, this team also lacks a quality spinner - the key to long run success on Indian pitches.

Players to watch out for: Williamson, Guptill, Santner, Munro, Anderson


They have played some decent cricket in recent times to earn to be in a position to be discussed. Batting will be a lot dependent on Shakib and Rahim. Others do have the potential (Shabbir and Nasir). Their slow bowlers will be the key. They have so many bowling options - that is the best part. Mustafizur has been good and so has been Taskin and Rubel. All in all looks a decent team. Only problem would be their inexperience of plying in India.

Players to watch out for: Shakib, Rahim, Nasir, Shabbir, Mustafizur
Other teams, IMO are way behind them to have a chance. They may cause upsets but winning the world cup is a distant dream.
This goes on to show that India looks to be the front-runners with conditions also suiting them. (Though, with IPL exposure all the teams have players who have played a lot in India and conditions won't be alien to them). South Africa, Australia, England and even NZ can win matches purely because of their batting. West Indies is a surprise. Bangladesh and Pakistan will rely heavily on their bowling. While Sri Lanka will need a collective effort to win the tournament.
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