2020 was a disappointing year for sports lovers, with lockdowns postponing many major sporting events, while others went ahead to empty stadiums. Cricket, soccer, baseball, basketball, hockey and other popular sports suffered from the pandemic. However, by the end of 2020, most governing bodies were able to put sports back on track by enforcing smart restrictions such as limited crowds. Finally, sports fans may have something to look forward to this year!
This comprehensive guide to the best sports teams in the world right now will inspire you to watch them in action during 2021.
Team India had a dream start to 2021 with the surprising test series victory against Australia on their home turf. Australia won the first test match of the four-match series but India bounced backed to claim the series 2-1. Do not forget that Virat Kohli was back home to welcome the birth of his first baby, meaning the team relied on India’s new talent, which continues to amaze us. Team India now awaits the final of the ICC Test Championship against New Zealand at Lord’s in June 2021.
The reigning ICC ODI World Champion, England is arguably the most dangerous One-Day and T-20 team in the world right now. The likes of Stokes, Butler, and Archer, and Morgan continue to perform under challenging circumstances to take their team to victory most of the time. England’s recent tour to India brought a bit of controversy once again as they managed to win the first test match against India, but surprisingly rough pitches for the following matches helped India win the series.
Despite their disappointing 2-1 defeat against India, the Aussies are still confident, as always. Tim Paine must have gone through tough times after India stole the series on the last day at Brisbane but the team is sure to strike back in all forms: T20, ODI, and Test Cricket. Australians on the cricket field are always a team to watch. Even though the glorious era from 1999 to 2007 is over, they can always put on a show out of nothing. They are still one of the most dangerous attacking teams in the cricket world, unleashing not only batting and bowling skills, but also astonishing feats in fielding. They have the most widespread fan base in the world mainly for their ability to turn a seemingly lost match into a memorable victory.
· Manchester City
This team has everything it needs to repeat the likes of their 2017-2018 performance. Under Guardiola’s leadership, the club started 2021 with top-flight wins, 10 in a row by defeating Everton 3-1. For the first time in Premier League history, a team started the new year with 10 victories in a row. This exceptional performance made Manchester City the most dangerous club in the league. This is definitely the club you must not miss in action this year.
· Manchester United
The club started the 2020-21 season as its 46th top flight in a row. Manchester United, a 13-time winner of the English Premier League is now participating in UEFA Europa League and FA Cup in addition to the Premier League, finishing 3rd in their group in UEFA Champions League. Manchester City defeated Manchester United in the RFL Cup semi-finals. They are one of the best teams in the world right now entertaining soccer fans across the globe.
· Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich is considered by many to be the strongest football team in Europe if not the world right now. Not only is their revenue double the second most revenue-generating club in the league, Dortmund, but they also have a history of impressive victories and season titles. This is the club most of us expect to secure a position in the Semi-Finals of the Champions League. Watching the world-class talent including David Alaba, Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller, and Benjamin Pavard playing together is a feast for fans.
Talking about entertainment value, Liverpool stands out even though the sleeping giant Jurgen Klopp is yet to fully wake up. Their 30-year-old thirst for the Premier League trophy was truly satisfied through the last two seasons. Liverpool is arguably the best sports team in the world right now for its exceptional attacking unit.
· The New York Mets
Mets fans have been on a rollercoaster of late, as the New York Mets outclassed most of their opponents since Steve Cohen took over the team. Despite the questionable hiring process, the team continues to perform well. For baseball fans, New York Mets are undoubtedly the team to watch in 2021, with strong chances for top-five rotations with Taijuan Walker coming in.
Thanks to quick learning and timely decisions, most sports are back on track in 2021. Full attendance is still not an option, but a restricted crowd still provides the motivation players look for. We can only hope that this trend continues as the pandemic is brought under control and we’ll be back in full stadiums sooner or later!