Brad Hogg: T20 2021 World Cup: Hogg said India will pass easily if it starts with a win against Pakistan, while Babar Azamled’s team, facing New Zealand just a day later, will have a hard time recovering.
The Super 12 stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup kicks off on Saturday (October 23).
The two teams will meet for the first time since the 2019 ODI World Cup in England and many experts believe that the outcome of that game could determine how India and Pakistan will perform in this T20 World Cup.
Former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg said Pakistan could have a hard time advancing to the semifinals if they lose their first World Cup match to India in Dubai.
“If Pakistan gets beaten by India in the first game, they’ve got a short turnaround to play New Zealand. I think that will be a huge factor in whether Pakistan goes through or not. If Pakistan loses against India in the first game, I don’t think they will get through, India will get through. So watch that space,” Hogg said in an interaction with Deep Dasgupta on his YouTube channel.
However, the former left-arm wrist player kept India and Pakistan on his list. Of four semi-finalists for the T20 World Cup.
Hogg said India and Pakistan will advance from Group 2 to the semi-finals. While the West Indies and England will advance from Group 1.
“The teams that I think are going to go to the semis are England and the West Indies from Group 1 and from Group 2 I think it’s going to be Pakistan and India,” he added.
When it comes to preparation matches. India has shown by far the best team. With landslide victories over England and Australia, although they did not play their main players in the latter.
Also in the United Arab Emirates, conditions in India are said to favor spinners and batters. But reigning ODI world champions England are sure to be a challenge for India. Despite the absence of Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, and two-time T20 World Cup winner West Indies India.
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