Former Indian opening batter Gautam Gambhir picks Australia as favorites to win the ODI World Cup 2023
Updated Sep 7, 2023 | 12:51 PM IST
Gautam Gambhir has made his predictions for ODI World Cup 2023. Picture Credit: ICC
The 2023 edition of the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup is scheduled to take place in India this year. The 50-over megaevent will be played across 10 different venues in India from October 5 to November 19.
A total of 10 teams will fight for the big prize, and barring the Netherlands, all other nine teams can go and win the title.
In the last couple of months, many former greats and experts of the game have made their predictions for the ODI World Cup. The likes of Eoin Morgan, Glenn McGrath, and AB Devilliers have backed the likes of India, England, and Australia to make it to the last four. The former South African skipper De Villiers has even said that the final might take place between India and England.
But when former Indian opening batter Gautam Gambhir, who was the leading run-getter for India in the final of the 2011 ODI World Cup, was asked about the favorites to win the men’s 50-over megaevent this year during a rapid-fire round on Bada Bharat Show season 2, he snubbed both India and England and instead picked Australia. According to him, the five-time champions have the highest chance to go on and win the ODI World Cup title this year.
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The Australians will play under the leadership of Pat Cummins in the ODI World Cup this year. Keeping the Indian conditions in mind, the Aussies have picked an all-rounder-heavy squad for the 50-over megaevent, where they will open their campaign on October 8 against India at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
In the Australian squad, they have included:
- Two batters: David Warner and Steve Smith
- Two wicketkeepers: Alex Carey and Josh Inglis
- One spinner: Adam Zampa
- Four pacers: Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Sean Abott
- Six all-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Cameron Green, and Ashton Agar
Before taking part in the ODI World Cup, Australia will face India in a three-match ODI series in India.