India, Australia are Sobers favourites to lift Twenty20 World Cup title

Former West Indies star Gary Sobers has said that India and Australia are his favourites for wresting this year’s Twenty20 World Cup title, but adds that England and the West Indies also possess the wares to deliver.

“India will have a head start on most because of their experience in the IPL and they could push the rebuilt Aussies hard, even without my big friend Sachin Tendulkar. As for the Aussies – as soon as one lot retire, in come more world-class players,” Sobers told The Sun in an interview here.

In an interview to The Sun, Sobers, who played 93 Tests for the West Indies from 1954 to 1974 and scored over 8,000 runs and claimed 235 wickets, said England’s South African imports Kevin Pietersen and hard-hitting wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter could make the difference for England. He also said that the team’s spinners, especially the impressive Graham Swann, would be suited to the slow Caribbean wickets.

“England and my own West Indies could spring a surprise or two, but my favourites remain Australia and India, even though nothing is certain in this form of cricket,” Sober said.

Sobers said that currently he was concentrating on the Sir Garfield Sobers Festival of Golf at Sandy Lane, Royal Westmoreland and Barbados Golf Club from April 23-25, but was looking forward to the Twenty20 World Cup that begins in the Caribbean from April 30. (ANI)

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