The next mega-event of the T20 World Cup is just a couple of months away. All the teams are in preparation mode for the big event. A total of 16 teams will compete for one of the most prestigious trophies in the game of cricket. The defending champions, Australia, will defend their crown at home in front of their home crowd. But who will be those two teams who will play in the grand finals of the T20 World Cup?
Former Australia World Cup-winning captain Ricky Ponting has revealed the names of two teams that he thinks will face off in the mega event’s finals. The World Cup will take place between October 16 and November 13. Speaking of the favorites going into the event, the 47-year-old chose two teams.
Notably, the former Australian captain has watched a lot of T20 cricket. He was an assistant coach for the Australian team under Justin Langer’s coaching. Ponting has also been serving as the head coach of the Delhi Capitals (DC) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the last five years. He also works as a commentator for Big Bash League (BBL) matches.
Ricky Ponting picks two teams as favorites for the upcoming T20 World Cup
So, there’s no doubt that Ponting already saw and studied the best players and teams up close and personal. Thus, his opinions are quite prominent. In an interaction with Sanjana Ganesan on the cricket show called “The ICC Review,” he chose India and Australia as the two favorites to win the World Cup.
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. 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.”
Furthermore, he also termed England as a danger to India and Australia. He said that England’s white-ball team is one of the most dangerous sides that can turn the game totally. Speaking of Pakistan’s chances, he said that they would more rely on Babar Azam. Ponting said, “If Babar doesn’t have a great tournament, I don’t think they can win.”
When asked about any team that could surprise, he suggested Pakistan, New Zealand, or the West Indies. Ponting concluded, “It wouldn’t surprise me if any of New Zealand, Pakistan, or West Indies find their way through to the final. Because they’re probably most suited to the T20 format.”