Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has picked the two teams he thinks will reach the final of the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. The global showpiece event is set to take place in Australia from October 16 to November 13.

Speaking about the multi-team competition, Ponting has selected two sides that will book their place in the final and also picked which one will hold the coveted trophy. Notably, the Tasmanian has watched plenty of T20 cricket in recent times. He worked as an assistant of the Australian team under Justin Langer and has also been head coach of Delhi Capitals (DC) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the last five years. Further, he even works as a commentator on Big Bash League (BBL) matches.

So, there is no denying that Ponting must have seen and analysed the best players and teams up close and personal; therefore, his views become quite significant. Ponting named India and Australia as the two teams that will reach the T20 World Cup finals. He also reckoned that the Aussies would successfully defend their title against the 2007 World Cup winners.

“I think India and Australia will be the two playing in the final, and I will just have to say that Australia will beat them in the final. The reigning champions have got home conditions, and that was one thing that made Australia’s win in the last World Cup, not remarkable, but that little bit sweeter for them,” said Ponting while speaking to Sanjana Ganesan on The ICC Review show.

“The fact that a lot of people, me included, thought when they went to UAE, the conditions that they were going to have to face on the back of the IPL, I thought the conditions might have been the thing that might not have allowed them to win it. But they found a way,” he added.