Former Australian wicket keeper Adam Gilchrist [ Images ] said that both India [ Images ] and Pakistan are major contenders for winning the upcoming ICC [ Images ] World Twenty20 [ Images ] to be played in the West Indies [ Images ] later this month.
Gilchrist said while India is an experienced side and have been performing well in the recent past, Pakistan, despite the recent controversies, remains a tough side to beat in the slam-bang version of the game.
"Pakistan, definitely is a big threat. Yes, I am aware of the turmoil going on in Pakistan cricket, but the defending champions are a good outfit in this format of cricket. They are one of the contenders," Gilchrist said.
He pointed out that India is a balanced side with a great mix of experienced and young players, and that it has a good chance of pocketing the coveted title for a second time next month.
"Obviously they are contenders, too. A big contender, I must say. Their batting is deep down, bowlers are experienced. It's a well-balanced side under Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Moreover, they were the champions in the inaugural edition, too. Definitely they have a good chance in the Caribbeans," Gilchrist said.
Commenting on chances of his home team winning the title, Gilchrist said Australia [ Images ] have the potential to beat world's best teams, but added that one can not predict a winner in T20 cricket.
"Actually, the format is such that you cannot pinpoint any winners in a T20 tournament. One performance is enough here to turn the match. It's totally unpredictable," he said.
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