The ICC T20 World Cup is set to be held in Oman and UAE from October 17. With the global event less than three months away, the experts have started to make their predictions for the four semi-finalists of the showpiece event. Herschelle Gibbs is the latest to jump on the bandwagon and has made a bold prediction of naming Pakistan as one of the favourites to win the marquee event.
Gibbs also picked India and England and felt these two teams are well equipped to win the T20 World Cup. Apart from naming the three teams, Gibbs felt the conditions in the UAE will also have a big role to play and said on slow and turning pitches, West Indies might not pose a threat. The defending champions are a force in shorter format and are being seen as dark horses.
“Definitely [I would say] England, Pakistan, and India. You never know, Sri Lanka could be in with a shot or maybe even Bangladesh. I think, for now, Pakistan, India, and England for now. It also depends on what the conditions are going to be like. The unpredictability of Pakistan is always in the mix. Obviously, India and England [are strong sides]. A lot depends on the wickets. If it is going to turn a little, I don’t think the West Indies are going to be as dangerous because they like the ball coming onto the bat. They like wickets that don’t turn. If there is spin, it doesn’t always suit the West Indies.” Gibbs said as reported by Cricket Pakistan.
The former South African cricketer also revealed the current best batters in the world and felt Virat Kohli, Jos Buttler, Babar Azam, and Steve Smith are good, owing to their huge appetite for scoring runs.
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