Legendary Australian cricketer, Ricky Ponting has picked the two teams he thinks will reach the final of the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. The marquee event will be taking place in Australia from October 16 to November 13. Speaking about the multi-nation tournament, Ponting has selected a couple of teams that will book their place in the final and also picked which one will hold the coveted trophy.
Notably, Riky Ponting has watched T20 cricket in abundance in recent times. He worked as an assistant of the Australian team under Justin Langer and has also been head coach of Delhi Capitals (DC) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for almost half a decade. Further, he even works as a commentator on Big Bash League (BBL) matches.
So, there is no denying that Ricky Ponting must have seen and analyzed the best players and teams quite personally, therefore, his views do hold some significance. Ponting named India and Australia as the two teams that will reach the T20 World Cup finals. He also reckoned that the Aussies would successfully defend their title against the 2007 World Cup winners.
During a chat with Sanjana Ganesan on ICC review show, Ricky Ponting 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.”
He further explained, “The fact that a lot of people, me included, thought when they went to UAE, the conditions that they were going to have to face on the back of the IPL, I thought the conditions might have been the thing that might not have allowed them to win it. But they found a way.”