Aakash Chopra picked his T20 World Cup semi-finalists in response to a Twitter user’s ask about his take on the final four of the fray. The biennial extravaganza will kick off on the 23rd of October with a clash between South Africa and Australia.
This will be preceded by group A matches, as eight teams will duke it amongst themselves to qualify for Group 2 fixtures. It is mainly a host of six associate nations, alongside the likes of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka as the powerhouses in the group.
The four teams picked by Aakash Chopra
Chopra picked India, Pakistan, England and West Indies as the four semi-finalists given the squad depth that each of the teams will be carrying to the tournament.
India boasts of one of the finest squads in T20 cricket that will see the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami coming together under the mentorship of MS Dhoni.
Similarly, England will be arriving at the UAE with quite an illustrious squad as they will be bringing along the likes of Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, Jason Roy and Chris Woakes. Despite the absence of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, the team still has enough firepower in them to bring down other stalwarts of the game.
A quick look at India’s arch-rivals
India’s arch-rivals against whom India will begin their T20 World Cup journey is also one of the contenders to make it to the semis of the fray according to Aakash Chopra. Under the leadership of Babar Azam, Pakistan will be sporting an exciting outfit to challenge the world. They will also have a lot of experience in Mohammad Hafeez and will also rely on the flair of Shaheen Afridi to challenge for the throne.
The final name on Chopra’s list is the likeliest title contenders, as West Indies brings to the tournament the best bunch of T20 players. They will be playing under the leadership of Kieron Pollard and will be bragging about big names of the format like Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis.
These four teams mentioned by Akash Chopra are no doubt the favourites, but it was quite audacious for him to write off Australia completely. Only time will tell that how precise his prediction was when the tournament unfolds in a month’s time.
Aakash Chopra picks his 4 semifinalists of the T20 World Cup 2021.
— Sportskeeda India (@Sportskeeda) September 15, 2021