As the first game of the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup approaches, predictions of every description are being made from all angles. The event has already been exciting, with some upsets occurring in the first round, but starting on Saturday, the big teams will take center stage, with hosts and defending champions Australia playing longtime rivals England. Another classic rivalry between India and Pakistan will then be played after this.
Australia will be a tough team to beat at home, according to former India opener Virender Sehwag, who also predicted that Australia would make the final. He predicted that India would be the other team to advance to the championship match.
Sehwag said on cricbuzz, “The hosts are Australia, and defeating them Down Under is very difficult. The other would be the Indian team who are balanced and have experience of playing in Australia.”
Babar Azam, the captain, and opener for Pakistan will finish the competition with the most runs scored, according to Sehwag’s earlier prediction.
The 44-year-old, whose team, India, had won the tournament’s inaugural edition in 2007, claimed that Babar, who is usually compared to Virat Kohli, the former captain of India, brings a feeling of calm to the crease.
He added “He has been extraordinary. Great fun to watch. There is a sense of calmness whenever Virat Kohli bats and you get something similar when watching Babar.” Former England captain Michael Vaughan agreed with Sehwag that Babar’s position as Pakistan’s opener and his productive top-of-the-order partnership with Mohammad Rizwan can only help him lead the charts this year.
Michael Vaughn added, “This year’s T20 World Cup, I am going with Babar Azam. Brilliant player, Pakistan’s opening batter. A great combination with Rizwan at the top of the order. So consistent, Babar Azam will score the most runs.”