Darren Lehman said everyone thinks that whoever won between India and Australia will go on to win T20 World Cup 2016 around the world © Getty Images
Darren Lehman said everyone thinks around the world that whoever won between India and Australia will go on to win T20 World Cup 2016 © Getty Images

Sydney: Australia coach Darren Lehmann believes that hosts India will lift the coveted World Twenty20 title for a second time after they ended the Steve Smith-led side’s hopes of making it to the semifinals on Sunday. Star batsman Virat Kohli smacked an unbeaten 82 as India defeated Australia by six wickets in a tense quasi quarterfinal clash in Mohali to set up a semifinal showdown against West Indies in Mumbai on Thursday. “I can’t see them losing, that’s my personal opinion,” Lehmann was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs West Indies, 2nd Semi-Final match at Mumbai

“I think whoever won [between Australia and India] would go a long way in the tournament … everyone thinks that around the world,” added the Australia coach. India, who claimed their maiden World T20 title in 2007, entered the pinnacle event as favourites but were stunned in their opening game against New Zealand. However, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men bounced back with three successive wins over Pakistan, Bangladesh and Australia to seal their spot for the semis. Darren Lehmann: World No. 1 Australia have a lot left to achieve

Earlier in February this year, Lehmann who had recently returned to the squad after recovering from deep vein thrombosis admitted that he cannot see himself coaching the country beyond the 2019 Ashes in England. Describing the Ashes series as an ‘unfinished business’, Lehmann had also admitted that defending the World Cup in England in 2019 remains on the agenda. The 45-year-old, who took over as coach from Mickey Arthur in 2013, insisted that his job was quite tiring as he spent about 300 days a year away from home.