The T20 World Cup 2022 began with an upset as the Asia Cup 2022 champions Sri Lanka lost to Namibia. On the very next day, Scotland produced another upset as they thrashed the West Indies side in a comprehensive manner. This indicates that the tournament will be very competitive and it’s hard to make accurate predictions given the surprising elements involved.
While numerous cricket pundits are giving their verdicts on the ongoing showpiece event in Australia, former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has also named four teams whom he believes will play the semi-finals of the tournament.
The ‘Master Blaster’ picked India, Pakistan, Australia and England as his top four teams to battle out for the cup. However, he obviously wants the Men in Blue to lift the title this time. He also feels that New Zealand and South Africa are dark houses as they know the conditions well and can surprise others.
“Champion. I would want India to be the champion but my top four would be India, Pakistan, Australia and England. New Zealand is a dark horse, so is South Africa because they know the conditions and in South Africa, you get to encounter these conditions in September-October. Pitches are more or less the same, that’s why I am saying the same. But the top four would be these, the other two are dark horses who may sneak in from the back door,” Tendulkar told Sportstar.
India looking sharp ahead of Pakistan clash
Rohit Sharma’s side clinched a 6-run victory against the home side Australia in a warm-up game on Monday (October 17). Despite Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli’s failure to score big, other batters did well to post a total good on board. Mohammed Shami showed good signs as his last over was crucial in India’s close win.
The Men in Blue will next face New Zealand in their last warm-up game on Wednesday (October 19) before heading into a highly-intense battle against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 23.