The Super 12 matches of the T20 World Cup will start from Saturday, but fans around the world are waiting for Super Sunday, when the two big rivals of cricket history, India and Pakistan will face each other at the Dubai International Stadium. For the first time since the 2019 ODI World Cup in England, both the teams will take on the field against each other. Many experts believe that the result of that match can decide how India and Pakistan will perform in this T20 World Cup. Meanwhile, former Australia cricketer Brad Hogg has said that if Pakistan team loses its first match against India in Dubai, it may find it very difficult to reach the semi-finals.
Hogg said that if India starts off with a win against Pakistan, they will easily reach the semi-finals, but the road ahead for the Babar Azam-led side will be very difficult. Hogg said during a conversation with Deep Dasgupta on his YouTube channel, ‘If Pakistan loses to India in their first match, it will be difficult for them to make a comeback in the next match against New Zealand. I think it will be a huge factor in how Pakistan manages to overcome this. If Pakistan loses against India in the first match, I don’t think they will be able to go further.
The former left-arm wrist spinner, however, has also said that both India and Pakistan can reach the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup. He said that from Group 2 India and Pakistan will reach the semi-finals, while from Group 1 West Indies and England will reach the top four. Hogg said, ‘I think in Group 1 the teams going to the semi-finals are England and West Indies, while from Group 2 Pakistan and India are reaching the semi-finals.’