World T20 Super Eights: Group 2 is the group of death, says Wasim Akram
September 29, 2012
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram on Thursday described the Group Two of the ongoing World T20’s Super Eight stage as the “group o death”.
India, Pakistan, Australia and South Africa comprise the Group Two, while defending champions England, hosts Sri Lanka, New Zealand and West Indies have been drawn in the Group One of the Super Eight stage.
All the four teams drafted in Group Two topped their respective groups in the league phase of the global event, and are unbeaten thus far. India got the better of Afghanistan and England while Pakistan defeated New Zealand and Bangladesh in the Group D fixtures.
“Group 2 is surely the group of death,” said Akram while speaking to media reporters yesterday. “India and Pakistan have showed their might in this format and have really performed well in the league stages.”
“Australia are a top notch side…They always rise to the occasion and that makes them a dangerous side,” said the legendary Pakistan pacer of George Bailey and his men, who defeated semi-professional Irish outfit and one of the tournament favourites West Indies in their Group B fixtures, in the lead up to the Super Eight Stage.
Akram though urged the Australians to improve their middle-order batting if they are aiming to lift their maiden World Cup trophy.
South Africa is the fourth team in the death group and made it to the Super Eight stage after crushing Zimbabwe and hosts Sri Lanka in the league phase. Though they have notoriously choked in big game, especially in the global tournaments, Akram feels Proteas’ excellent fielding could galvanize their performance any time, on any stage.
“South Africans have good experience of the conditions…Several of them play the IPL,” the veteran swing bowler added further.
Top two teams from both groups will qualify for the tournament semi-finals. Whilst Sri Lanka and West Indies are being anticipated as the qualifiers from the Group One, Akram said it was difficult to pick the favourites from Group Two.
“It’s really tough to pick which two teams will make the last four from group 2. But one thing is for sure, the champion team will almost certainly come from this pool,” said the cricketer turned commentator.