Arjun Bhalla ∙ Nov 7 2022, 6:00 PM

Hesson picks his favourites before NZ-PAK, calls India sure-short finalists


Former New Zealand Head Coach Mike Hesson is certainly confident in the Black Caps ahead of their clash against Pakistan in the first semifinal of the T20 World Cup 2022 - which is to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground. 

As per a video published by Sky Sport NZ, Hesson seemed pretty confident of India making it to the final of the tournament. Meanwhile, his second pick for the finalist spot is the Black Caps.

"I see India playing the final at the MCG, and I see New Zealand getting back there," Hesson commented. 

"For New Zealand, it would be a tough game to get past Pakistan. Obviously, Pakistan won the Tri-Series final in New Zealand, but New Zealand have been really consistent throughout the tournament," he further added.

Hesson's comments against the Men in Green has come as a shocker as they have had an edge over the Kiwis of late. During the recently concluded Tri-Series involving these two nations and Bangladesh, Pakistan outclassed the Black Caps at home by beating them convincingly twice - one in the round-robin stage and then in the final.

However, the former umpire returned coach also called New Zealand's batting "massive with the bat".

"Heading into this tournament, I was worried about New Zealand being massive with the bat. But now as Kane Williamson has found the rhythm, the top-four are back in touch," he commented while backing New Zealand. 

The 48-year-old concluded by predicting the clash between Pakistan and New Zealand.

(According to me) The openers are going to take the game on against Pakistan, and I see New Zealand creeping over the line and facing India at the MCG. 

Coming to the schedule of this ICC event, the first semifinal will be contested on November 9 (Wednesday) and the second semifinal between India and England will be played at Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

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