India will not challenge, T20 World Cup Australia will rise! Shane Watson assesses the possibilities

Watson is clarifying how likely India’s hopes are in the upcoming T20 World Cup. Watson says things will not be easy for India without Jasprit Bumrah.

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First Published Oct 2, 2022, 2:40 PM IST

Raipur: There is no doubt that Shane Watson’s name will be among the best Australian all-rounders of all time. The player has scored 10,950 international runs across all three formats and has taken 291 wickets. 41-year-old Watson is now in India. He came to India to play Legends League cricket.

Watson is clarifying how likely India’s hopes are in the upcoming T20 World Cup. Watson says things will not be easy for India without Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah is a world class bowler. One of those rare bowlers who excels at playing aggressively and defending the score. Things will not be easy for India if he is unable to play in the World Cup. It will be a big loss,” said Watson.

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Watson also spoke about Virat Kohli’s form. “I saw Kohli during the last IPL as well. But I felt less confident. He is constantly striving to become a dynamic star. Kohli looked to return to form in the Asia Cup and the series against Australia. It can be assumed that the Australian pitch will also be played in the same way. If Kohli is not in form, India’s strength in batting will be lost,” said Watson.

Watson also stated that Australia will retain the title. “For me, Australia is the favourite. Conditions in the country are also favourable. They know the situation in Australia better than anyone. Big grounds, wickets with pace and bounce. Everything is in favor of the Aussies,” Watson said.

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The group stage matches of the World Cup will begin on the 16th of this month. Namibia, Netherlands, Sri Lanka and UAE are playing in Group A. Ireland, Scotland, West Indies and Zimbabwe will also play in Group B. Two teams from each group will qualify for Super 12.

Last Updated Oct 2, 2022, 2:40 PM IST

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