Former Pakistani skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq feels that the Indian Cricket Team is the favorite to win the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 as conditions in UAE and Oman would be in favor of them.
The Super 12s stage of the T20 World Cup is just two days away from now. While Sri Lanka became the first team from the qualifiers to enter the Super 12s stage, other teams are leaving no stone unturned and are matching each blow for blow to earn a place in the group matches of the mega event.
On the other hand, the teams that are already in the Super 12s stage of the tournament had a great preparation in the build-up to the marquee tournament as they played two warm-up games each.
The Virat Kohli-led Team India started their World Cup campaign with two back-to-back dominant victories against England and Australia respectively in their two warmup games.
The ‘Men in Blue’ chased the mammoth target of 189 runs against England with one over to spare and then dominated the Australian Cricket Team by winning the match by 13 runs.
Considering Team India’s form, former Pakistani batter Inzamam-ul-Haq feels that the Virat Kohli-led side has a greater chance of winning the tournament especially in conditions of UAE and Oman.
“In any tournament, it cannot be said for certain that a particular team will win. It’s all about how much chance do they have of winning it. In my opinion, India has a greater chance than any other team of winning this tournament, especially in conditions like these. They have experienced T20 players as well,” Inzamam-ul-Haq said in a video posted on his YouTube channel.
Inzamam while lauding the Indian Cricket Team for their performance against Australia in a warmup game and said that they are the most dangerous T20 side in the World in subcontinent conditions. He stressed the fact they chased 153 runs in the absence of Virat Kohli.
“India played their warm-up fixture against Australia rather comfortably. On subcontinent pitches like these, India are the most dangerous T20 side in the world. Even today, if we see the 155 runs they chased down, they did not even need Virat Kohli to do so,” he said.
While talking about the clash between India and Pakistan, Inzamam-ul-Haq said that no other match in the World Cup will be hyped as much as this clash.
He added that the team that will win this battle will have their morale boosted and will also have 50 percent pressure released from them.
“The match between India and Pakistan in the Super 12s is the final before the final. No match will be hyped as much as this one. Even in the 2017 Champions Trophy, India and Pakistan started and finished the tournament by facing each other and both the matches felt like finals. The team winning that match will have their morale boosted and will also have 50 percent of pressure released from them,” he said.
The Virat Kohli-led side is placed in the Group B of the Super 12s stage. They will kick start their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on 24th October.