Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg has named his semi-finalists for the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE and Oman. He feels if Pakistan don’t win against India, their path to the knockout will become hard.
India and Pakistan are set to feature in a high-voltage clash on October 24 in Dubai. This will be both teams’ campaign opener and they will face New Zealand in their next game.
Brad Hogg feels if Pakistan get beaten by India in the opening game, they will find it hard to finish in the top two and make it to the semi-finals.
“If Pakistan get 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 on whether Pakistan go through or not. If Pakistan lose 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.
He further mentioned the teams that can qualify for the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup 2021.
“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.
India looked solid in the warm-up games of the tournament. They won both their games against England and Australia respectively with flying colours. Now, their focus shifts towards the mega-contest against Pakistan.
This will be Virat Kohli’s last tournament while leading India’s T20I squad. He will be stepping down from the captaincy at the conclusion of the tournament.