Australian cricket coach Ricky Ponting has disclosed his two favourite teams, which, according to him, are likely to reach the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, which will be held in Australia this year.
The experienced Ponting, who has spent much time watching cricket games and commentating, said that luck is always required when winning such big tournaments. He has inspected the best players from all over cricketing grounds and has shared his thoughts about the teams who will reach the final and the one who will be grabbing this world cup’s trophy.
Talking about the two teams reaching the final, he said:
“I think India and Australia will be the two playing in the final and I will just have to say that Australia will beat them in the final,” Ponting declared.
“The reigning champions have got home conditions and that was one thing that made Australia’s win in the last World Cup, not remarkable, but that little bit sweeter for them.
“The fact that a lot of people, me included, thought when they went to UAE, the conditions that they were going to have to face on the back of the IPL, I thought the conditions might have been the thing that might not have allowed them to win it.
“I actually think England are an outstanding white-ball team and they have an outstanding white-ball setup,” Ponting said.
“I just think the three teams on paper that look to have most class and the most match-winners are India, Australia and England.”
Further, talking about team Pakistan, Waqar Younis said that his team is capable of wining this T20 World Cup 2022 tournament in Australia but Ricky thinks that team Pakistan has not shown much quality performance to qualify for the final, they rely more on the captain Babar Azam and pace bowler Shaheen Afridi. He added further that:
“If Babar doesn’t have a great tournament, I don’t think they can win,” Ponting said.
“I saw him up close and personal a couple of years ago out here in a Test series against Australia and I said it then, I thought the sky was the limit for this guy as far as Test match batting and, if anything, he’s probably got better and better in the last couple of years.
“Their openers are very important and their new-ball bowlers are very important, but that role of the spin bowler in Australia might be a little bit more difficult with wickets that probably won’t give them assistance.”
“I know the game too well and any of New Zealand, Pakistan or West Indies even – we know how they tend to love playing this game and they’re probably most suited to the T20 format.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if any of those sides find their way through to the final.”
India and Australia are thus the favorites who are to qualify for the final of this mega event according to Ricky Ponting. But even if Pakistan, New Zealand or West Indies qualify, it won’t be surprising for him as these teams are experts in this T20 format.