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Former Indian Cricketer Predicts Semifinalists For The T20 World Cup

Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif has shared his predictions for the semifinalists of the upcoming T20 World Cup that will be held in the USA and the Caribbean next month while identifying New Zealand, India, West Indies, and Pakistan as the primary contenders for the last four spots.

Kaif’s forecast underscores the competitive nature of the tournament, given the formidable track records and talent pools of these four teams that he has predicted.

New Zealand has consistently demonstrated remarkable prowess in ICC tournaments, showcasing a balanced team with strong leadership and a knack for peaking at the right moments.

Kaif stated that New Zealand always finds a way to qualify for the T20 World Cup semifinals and they should not be written off considering they are a formidable side.

“Somehow New Zealand find their way to be in the top four, in the ICC events you can’t write them off so add New Zealand.” said the former Indian cricketer.

He also included India in the last four which was hardly surprising, considering their depth in both batting and bowling, coupled with the advantage of playing with a quality bowling unit such as Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, and Jadeja.

“This year we have Kuldeep Yadav, we have Axar Patel, Jadeja, good spinners. All very experienced and wicket-takers can change the game on their day. Bumrah didn’t play last year, he will be playing I feel he’s going to be a key player in this World Cup.” Kaif added.

West Indies, renowned for their explosive batting and T20 specialists, remain a formidable force despite inconsistencies in their performances. At home conditions, they are a perennial threat in the shortest format of the game.

Lastly, Pakistan, known for its unpredictable yet thrilling performances, rounds out Kaif’s list. Their potent bowling attack and the capability to surprise opponents on any given day make them strong contenders for a semifinal berth.

Kaif believes that India and Pakistan can meet in the semifinals which will be fantastic for the tournament and the neutrals.

Pakistan has defeated India only once in the ICC T20I World Cup out of seven meetings and the two arch-rivals will meet each other once again on June 9 at the Nassau County Cricket Stadium in New York.

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