T20 World Cup 2021, India vs Pakistan: Who does Inzamam-ul-Haq pick as his favourite to win?
The ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is underway in Oman and UAE, while India opens its account against Pakistan on Sunday. At the same time, Inzamam-ul-Haq has picked his winner.
The biggest global Twent20 (T20) exhibition, the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup, is up and running in Oman and United Arab Emirates (UAE), with the current Qualifiers. India would directly feature in the Super 12s while opening its account against arch-rival Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. Pakistan has had an offensive show against India in the competition, losing on all five occasions.
While India is the favourite again, considering the close contest in the ICC Rankings, with India ranked second and Pakistan at third, it is expected to be contentious. At the same time, Pakistan has a chance to see India through, considering its reliable bowling attack, while its batting could be its downfall.
Meanwhile, former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq has picked up his winner for the contest and the entire tournament. As per his analysis, India starts as the favourite for playing in the gulf conditions for quite some time. "It cannot be said that a particular side will win a tournament, as it is all about the chance of winning it. According to me, India has the best chance of winning this in these conditions since it possesses experienced T20 players," he said on his YouTube channel.
He credited India's robust batting order, evident in its two warm-up matches, as it easily defeated England and Australia. He also pondered on the fact that India managed to do so against Australia even without skipper Virat Kohli batting, making India a dangerous side in these conditions, which are somewhat sub-continental type.
As for the Indo-Pak clash, Inzamam termed it a final before the final due to its hype. He compared it to the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017, where both teams began and ended by facing each other. While India won the opening encounter, Pakistan defeated it in the final. He also feels that this game would act as a morale-booster for either side, as a win would release 50% of the pressure.