The T20 World Cup has been a bundle of surprises, so far.
There have been notable upsets, with Namibia beating Sri Lanka and Scotland defeating the Windies.
Despite this uncertainty, batting great Sachin Tendulkar has stuck his neck out and predicted the 4 semi-finalists of the tournament.
He feels that India and Pakistan will qualify from Group B.
From Group A, his picks are England and Australia
Tendulkar also admitted that he would want the Rohit Sharma-led side to become the T20 World Cup 2022 champions.
He also felt that New Zealand and South Africa can be the surprise packages of the tournament.
“New Zealand is a dark horse, and so is South Africa because they know the conditions.”
“Pitches are more or less the same, that’s why I am saying the same. But the top four would be there, the other two are dark horses who may sneak in from the back door.” said Sachin.
When asked about the recent upsets in the T20 World Cup, Tendulkar said that T20 cricket doesn’t give you time to recover and even lower ranked teams can stun anyone.
“See, the gap is bridged only in shorter formats. The moment you get into longer formats… I was watching Namibia and the Netherlands yesterday, and they played good cricket,” said Tendulkar.
India have faced two defeats in their last three meetings against Pakistan and will be hoping to turn things around during their clash on October 23.
The Indian team is in good form, having clinched a 6-run victory against the home side Australia in a warm-up game on October 17.