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Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq explains why India are the favourites to win T20 World Cup

  • October 21, 2021
Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq rates India as the favourites to win the T20 World Cup (Pictures: Getty/YouTube)

Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq says India are the ‘most dangerous side in the world’ and the favourites to win the T20 World Cup.

India won the first World T20 in 2007 but have largely flattered to deceive since, failing to reach the semi-finals in three of the last five competitions.

Virat Kohli’s side are ranked No. 2 in the world in T20 cricket and warmed up for the tournament by beating England and Australia convincingly.

India begin their T20 World Cup campaign on Sunday against arch-rivals Pakistan, before facing group matches against New Zealand, Afghanistan and two of the teams from qualifying.

‘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,’ Pakistan legend Inzamam said on his YouTube channel.

‘In my opinion, India have a greater chance than any other team of winning this tournament, especially in conditions like these. They have experienced T20 players.

‘India played their warm-up fixture against Australia and won rather comfortably. they chased 155 without even needing Virat Kohli.

India swept aside Australia in a T20 World Cup warm-up match (Picture: Getty)

‘On subcontinent pitches like these, India are the most dangerous T20 side in the world.’

Pakistan have impressed in T20 World Cups, lifting the trophy in 2009, reaching the final in 2007 and progressing to semi-finals in 2010 and 2012.

Babar Azam’s side are ranked No. 3 in the world but will face an uphill battle to qualify for the knockout stages if they are beaten by India in their World Cup opener.

‘The group match between India and Pakistan is the final before the final. No match will be hyped as much as this one,’ Inzamam, who scored 35 international hundreds, added.

‘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 that wins that match will have a massive morale boost.’

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