Former Australian Brad Hogg rooting for India vs Australia in the T20 World Cup Final

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Former Australian wrist spinner Brad Hogg has expressed his anticipation for a thrilling India vs Australia final in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024. Both teams have already qualified for the Super Eights and are set to face each other on June 24.

Hogg, known for his insightful cricket analysis, has been closely following the tournament. He noted that both India and Australia have shown impressive performances, qualifying for the Super Eights. Australia became the second team to advance to the next stage of the tournament after South Africa by beating Namibia. On the other hand, India became the third team to seal their berth in the next stage with a third consecutive win of the tournament against the USA.

Can the cricket world see another India vs Australia final?

The two teams are all set to clash against each other on Monday, June 24 at Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia. The two teams will be put in Super 8s Group 1 alongside Afghanistan and either one of Bangladesh or Nepal. Ahead of their Super 8s fixture, Hogg predicted both teams would finish in the top two in their group qualify for the semi-finals and eventually lock horns in the final.

Hogg expressed his excitement about the possibility of an India vs Australia grand final, stating, “It sets it up for the possibility of Australia and India in a grand final which I’d absolutely love to happen”. However, he was quick to name Australia as the favourites for their upcoming Super Eight clash against India, mainly because they have already been playing in the West Indies.

Hogg opined, “But I think that first game between Australia and India in the super eights, the advantage would have to be to Australia because they’ve been playing in the West Indies where it’s been difficult, it’s been slow. Whereas the Indian team has been playing in New York where there’s been some seam movement, the batters haven’t been able to get their rhythm and also they’re coming from IPL where they were playing on a lot of flat wickets.”

Despite this, Hogg believes that if the two teams meet in the final, it will be an even battle as the Men in Blue would be more familiar with the conditions by then. He added, “But it will be a different story when they get to the final, the contest will be a lot more even there because India would’ve been used to the conditions.”

Hogg’s predictions have added an extra layer of excitement to the tournament. Cricket fans around the world are eagerly waiting to see if his predictions come true. Regardless of the outcome, the prospect of an India vs Australia final in the T20 World Cup 2024 promises a thrilling contest between two of the world’s best cricketing nations.

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