T20 World Cup 2024: Watch - India dominate as Sunil Gavaskar, Matthew Hayden and other experts pick T20 WC finalists

Updated - 29 May 2024, 04:59 PM

Matthew Hayden, Sunil Gavaskar and Sreesanth
Matthew Hayden, Sunil Gavaskar and Sreesanth. Image Credit: Star Sports X

As the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 approaches, several cricket legends have shared their predictions to stimulate excitement among cricket fans for the 20-team global tournament. Star Sports has stirred excitement by releasing predictions from legendary cricketers and renowned cricket experts on who they believe will reach the 2024 T20 World Cup final.

West Indies legends Brian Lara, former England captain Paul Collingwood, former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar, former Australian batter Matthew Hayden, South African pacer Chris Morris, and Indian pacer Sreesanth revealed their finalists for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024.

According to these experts, India and Australia are the strong favorites to reach the final of the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024 on June 29. The upcoming mega event will be co-hosted by the USA and West Indies starting June 1, with the warm-up match already underway.

Star Sports Experts Reveal T20 World Cup 2024 Finalists

In a video shared by Star Sports on social media, Brian Lara said that the co-hosts and home team will face Team India in the T20 World Cup 2024 final. The former West Indies captain believes the combination of local conditions and the explosive talent within the national squad could push them to the title clash against India.

Paul Collingwood, the former England all-rounder, predicted an England-West Indies final. Collingwood is confident that the defending champions, England, have a strong squad that can defend the title against the co-hosts, the West Indies. He surprisingly overlooked India for the summit clash.

Meanwhile, legendary Indian batter Sunil Gavaskar and former Australian opener Matthew Hayden both predicted the repeat of last year's ODI World Cup final between Australia and India. Gavaskar and Hayden are expecting an Australia vs. India T20 World Cup 2024 final.

South African all-rounder Chris Morris believes that the Indian cricket team has always been a strong team in the ICC tournament, and South Africa now also has the same firepower and consistency, so he is looking forward to the exciting final between these two formidable teams.

In the end, former Indian pacer S. Sreesanth echoed the sentiments of Gavaskar and Hayden, as the former World Cup winner expected an India-Australia final, and the Men in Blue will have the golden chance to take revenge for their ODI World Cup 2023 final from the Kangaroos. Sreesanth said, “It will be revenge for the 50-over World Cup final (defeat).”

Here are the picks of the Star Sports Experts:

Brian Lara: West Indies and India

Paul Collingwood: England and West Indies

Sunil Gavaskar: Australia and India

Matthew Hayden: Australia and India

Chris Morris: South Africa and India

S Sreesanth: India and Australia

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Notably, India had won their only T20 World Cup title back in 2007 under MS Dhoni’s captaincy, and Sreesanth was part of the team’s historic triumph. However, it remains to be seen whether the Men in Blue will meet the fans' expectations this time as well. India will kick off their T20 World Cup 2024 campaign against Ireland on June 5 in New York.

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