Dubai, August 22 (IANS) Indian wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Karthik has named India and the Caribbean as his finalists for the U20 and Oman T20 World Cups in October and November. He also said that the Caribbean after India is his second favorite team for the exciting cricket they play.
“I do not want to go all the way to who is going to win, but I will tell you this, I would love to see a final between India and the Caribbean. My other favorite team after India would definitely be the Caribbean, just for the flair cricket they play. I believe in this format, they love it, it brings out the best in them and I would love to see the Caribbean in the final. Whether I want them to win it will depend on their opponents that day, but at the moment I would stick to an India West Indies final and these are my two favorite teams at the moment in this T20 World Cup, “said Karthik in and ICC Digital Show.
The 36-year-old Karthik, who was a member of India who won the preliminary T20 World Cup in 2007, said it will be a close call Rohit Sharma and David Warner for the best race scorers in the tournament.
“Both open innings. Both are solid players. I would put money on one of them. Both are very hungry. Rohit Sharma and the World Cup, they are synonymous. They just love each other. They find ways to help each other. If India is to do well, he is a person who has to fire for them at the top. David Warner has not played cricket for Australia for some time now. A hungry David Warner is a scary David Warner. He will come all guns burning. I expect some great things from him. ”
Asked about the teams in Group 2 that can compete in the semi-finals apart from India, Karthik said: “It will be a close call for me between Pakistan or New Zealand. I would love to see Pakistan there, but I think New Zealand find ways to always beat over their weight. I think they are a pretty well rounded team and they have a great leader in Kane Williamson. Much of the time, a leader makes a difference in a World Cup. ”
Karthik called on the Netherlands to qualify alongside Sri Lanka from Group A, although he felt Ireland could find a way too. “We have to remember that they (the Netherlands) have a couple of players who consistently play in England. We have Ryan ten Doeschate, we have Roelof van der Merwe – these guys are going to pose a threat to any opponent. And more in the league phase. You only play three games, you go wrong in one, and then you are against it all the way through. ”
From Group B, Karthik identified Bangladesh as having the best chance apart from co-hosts Oman. “Bangladesh definitely has the best chance. They play well, they are a solid team. I’m pretty surprised they have to play this themselves to qualify – that’s how good they are. But if they have brought themselves here, they have done something wrong over a period of time somewhere down the line. Bangladesh must be very careful. ”
He added: “The qualification happens in Oman, the home team – so they will also have an advantage. Let’s not forget that they also beat Ireland at the last (T20) World Cup, so they are not a bad T20 team. They have a couple “If you want me to put money, I would put them in Bangladesh and I would love to see Oman do well.”
Karthik ended by saying that mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy could prove to be the tournament’s best bowler. “My choice is a guy named Varun Chakravarthy. I feel like he has something very special in him. If India goes all the way, I can promise you this boy that I am talking about will have played a big role for them going forward in this tournament. Remember the name ‘Varun Chakravarthy’. ”
The Men’s World Cup in T20 starts on October 17 and ends on November 14 in Oman and the UAE. The Super 12 phase of the mega event starts from October 23rd.
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