Ricky Ponting, a two-time World Cup champion captain, has predicted which two sides will compete in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup final in Australia later this year and which one will take home the championship.

Ponting has recently observed a lot of Twenty20 cricket, having served as Justin Langer’s assistant for a period of time, served as the head coach of the Delhi Capitals in the IPL for the past five years, and provided commentary for Big Bash League games.

He recently discussed his thoughts on the forthcoming T20 World Cup with host Sanjana Ganesan on the most recent episode of The ICC Review after closely observing and analysing the greatest players in the world.

Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting

Who wins the coveted trophy?

Ponting, who acknowledges that some luck is necessary to win a significant ICC trophy, was strong on the teams he believed had the best chance of succeeding in Australia.

“I think India and Australia will be the two playing in the final and I will just have to say that Australia will beat them in the final,” Ponting declared.

“The reigning champions have got home conditions and that was one thing that made Australia’s win in the last World Cup, not remarkable, but that little bit sweeter for them. 

“The fact that a lot of people, me included, thought when they went to UAE, the conditions that they were going to have to face on the back of the IPL, I thought the conditions might have been the thing that might not have allowed them to win it. 

“But they found a way.”

Who is the main danger to Australia and India then?

Ponting has been a long-time fan of Brendon McCullum and has been supremely impressed with what the brash Kiwi has produced so far during his tenure during recent Test series’. 

He also knows how capable new England white-ball coach Matthew Mott is given his superb record with Australia’s women’s team. 

“I actually think England are an outstanding white-ball team and they have an outstanding white-ball setup,” Ponting said.

“I just think the three teams on paper that look to have most class and the most match-winners are India, Australia and England.”

India vs Australia Cricket Team
India vs Australia Cricket Team

What about Pakistan?

Pakistan legend Waqar Younis recently said his former team had an excellent chance of claiming a second T20 World Cup title in Australia, but Ponting isn’t so sure.

While Ponting acknowledges the class of star pacer Shaheen Afridi and the guile of Mohammad Rizwan at the top of the order, he said their batting line-up is too reliant on captain and No.1 ranked batter Babar Azam.

“If Babar doesn’t have a great tournament, I don’t think they can win,” Ponting said.

“I saw him up close and personal a couple of years ago out here in a Test series against Australia and I said it then, I thought the sky was the limit for this guy as far as Test match batting (was concerned) and, if anything, he’s probably got better and better in the last couple of years. 

“Their openers are very important and their new-ball bowlers are very important, but that role of the spin bowler in Australia might be a little bit more difficult with wickets that probably won’t give them assistance.”

Pakistan Cricket Team
Pakistan Cricket Team

What about the rest of the teams?

Ponting gives a few other sides an outside chance of riding their luck all the way and at least making it to the title decider at the MCG on November 13.

“I know the game too well and any of New Zealand, Pakistan or West Indies even – we know how they tend to love playing this game and they’re probably most suited to the T20 format. 

“It wouldn’t surprise me if any of those sides find their way through to the final.”

T20 World cup 2022 Fixtures 

Group A: Namibia, Sri Lanka, UAE, Netherlands

Group B: Ireland, Scotland, West Indies, Zimbabwe

Group 1: Afghanistan, Australia, England, New Zealand, Winner Group A, Runner-Up Group B

Group 2: India, Pakistan, South Africa, Bangladesh, Runner Up Group A, Winner Group B

Match DateMatch CentreTime in ISTStadiumVenue
16-Oct-2022Sri Lanka VS Namibia9:30 AMKardinia ParkGeelong
16-Oct-2022United Arab Emirates VS Qualifier 31:30 PMKardinia ParkGeelong
17-Oct-2022West Indies VS Scotland9:30 AMBellerive OvalHobart
17-Oct-2022Qualifier 1 VS Ireland1:30 PMBellerive OvalHobart
18-Oct-2022Namibia VS Qualifier 39:30 AMKardinia ParkGeelong
18-Oct-2022Sri Lanka VS the United Arab Emirates1:30 PMKardinia ParkGeelong
19-Oct-2022Scotland VS Ireland9:30 AMBellerive OvalHobart
19-Oct-2022West Indies VS Qualifier 11:30 PMBellerive OvalHobart
20-Oct-2022Sri Lanka VS Qualifier 39:30 AMKardinia ParkGeelong
20-Oct-2022Namibia VS the United Arab Emirates1:30 PMKardinia ParkGeelong
21-Oct-2022West Indies VS Ireland9:30 AMBellerive OvalHobart
21-Oct-2022Scotland VS Qualifier 11:30 PMBellerive OvalHobart
Match DateMatch CentreTime in ISTStadiumVenue
22-Oct-2022Australia vs New Zealand12:30 PMSydney Cricket GroundSydney
22-Oct-2022England vs Afghanistan4:30 PMPerth StadiumBurswood
23-Oct-2022A1 vs B29:30 AMBellerive OvalHobart
25-Oct-2022Australia vs A14:30 PMPerth StadiumBurswood
26-Oct-2022England vs B29:30 AMMelbourne Cricket GroundMelbourne
26-Oct-2022New Zealand vs Afghanistan1:30 PMMelbourne Cricket GroundMelbourne
28-Oct-2022Afghanistan vs B29:30 AMMelbourne Cricket GroundMelbourne
28-Oct-2022England vs Australia1:30 PMMelbourne Cricket GroundMelbourne
29-Oct-2022New Zealand vs A11:30 PMSydney Cricket groundSydney
31-Oct-2022Australia vs B21:30 PMThe GabbaBrisbane
1-Nov-2022Afghanistan vs A19:30 AMThe GabbaBrisbane
1-Nov-2022England vs New Zealand1:30 PMThe GabbaBrisbane
4-Nov-2022New Zealand vs B29:30 AMAdelaide OvalAdelaide
4-Nov-2022Australia vs Afghanistan1:30 PMAdelaide OvalAdelaide
5-Nov-2022England vs A11:30 PMSydney Cricket groundSydney
Match DateMatch CentreTime in ISTStadiumVenue
23-Oct-2022India vs Pakistan1:30 PMMelbourne Cricket GroundMelbourne
24-Oct-2022Bangladesh vs A29:30 AMBellerive OvalHobart
24-Oct-2022South Africa vs B11:30 PMBellerive OvalHobart
27-Oct-2022South Africa vs Bangladesh8:30 AMSydney Cricket GroundSydney
27-Oct-2022India vs A212:30 PMSydney Cricket GroundSydney
27-Oct-2022Pakistan vs B14:30 PMPerth StadiumPerth
30-Oct-2022Bangladesh vs B18:30 AMThe GabbaBrisbane
30-Oct-2022Pakistan vs A212:30 PMPerth StadiumPerth
30-Oct-2022India vs South Africa4:30 PMPerth StadiumPerth
2-Nov-2022B1 vs A29:30 AMAdelaide OvalAdelaide
2-Nov-2022India vs Bangladesh1:30 PMAdelaide OvalAdelaide
3-Nov-2022Pakistan vs South Africa1:30 PMSydney Cricket GroundSydney
6-Nov-2022South Africa vs A25:30 AMAdelaide OvalAdelaide
6-Nov-2022Pakistan vs Bangladesh9:30 AMAdelaide OvalAdelaide
6-Nov-2022India vs B11:30 PMMelbourne Cricket GroundMelbourne

T20 World Cup 2022 – Knockouts and Final

Match DateMatch CentreTime in ISTStadiumVenue
9-Nov-2022Semifinal 11:30 PMSydney Cricket GroundSydney
10-Nov-2022Semifinal 21:30 PMAdelaide OvalAdelaide
13-Nov-2022Final1:30 PMMelbourne Cricket GroundMelbourne

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