The much-awaited T20 World Cup is just a couple of months away. The tournament is scheduled to be played in UAE and Oman. Many experts have started voicing out their opinions about the teams they think will finish in the top 4. Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir recently picked his top 4 contenders for the tournament.
As the tournament is played in UAE and Oman, Asian teams like India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are expected to do well as they are familiar with the conditions. However, Gambhir has picked only 1 Asian team in his top 4 contenders.
According to Gambhir, India, New Zealand, West Indies and England will qualify for the semi-finals. India, New Zealand and England have been performing consistently for a while in white-ball cricket. On the other hand, West Indies have recalled all of their T20 match winners. Hence, they have formed a formidable side. So it was no surprise that Gambhir picked these teams as his top four for the World Cup.
Gautam Gambhir picks Afghanistan as the dark horse for the World Cup
It is a well-known fact that in T20 cricket, any team can be beaten on a given day. The format is unpredictable and no team should be taken for granted.
Keeping this in mind, Gambhir who himself is a former T20 World Cup winner has labelled Afghanistan as the dark horse for the World Cup. He expects them to upset a few big teams in the tournament. He said Afghanistan’s IPL players make them a competitive outfit which can certainly cause a few upsets.
“For example, you should not take Afghanistan for granted. People like Rashid Khan can create upsets. I have always been a believer that if you want to talk about one team that is going to be a real underdog in this tournament, that must be Afghanistan. Additionally, they have got people like Rashid Khan, Mujeeb, and Mohd Nabi, you can’t take them players lightly.”
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