Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has reckoned that India and hosts Australia will play in the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup later this year where the Aaron Finch-led home side will beat Rohit Sharma’s men to lift the coveted trophy.
Ponting also admitted that some luck is required to win a major ICC trophy however, he feels the home side are the most likely to taste success at home.
“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,” Ponting declared in the latest episode of The ICC Review.
“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. 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,” he added.
Ponting however, also felt that apart from Australia nd India, England also have a great chance in the showpiece event as thet too, have many match-winners.
“I actually think England are an outstanding white-ball team and they have an outstanding white-ball setup. I just think the three teams on paper that look to have the most class and the most match-winners are India, Australia and England,” he said.
“I know the game too well and any of New Zealand, Pakistan or West Indies even – we know how they tend to love playing this game and they’re probably most suited to the T20 format. It wouldn’t surprise me if any of those sides find their way through to the final,” he added.