Former BCCI president Sourav Ganguly talks about India’s chances in the ODI World Cup
Former BCCI president Sourav Ganguly recently talked about Team India’s chances of winning the much-awaited ODI World Cup at home in 2023. The former Indian captain claimed that the Men in Blue had never prevailed in high-stakes games crumbling under the pressure in the must-win games of the ICC events in recent years.
India’s Recent Performance in ICC Events
Despite coming close, India didn’t take home the ICC trophy in the previous ten years including the recent loss against Australia in the World Test Championship final. In the previous two ODI World Cups, the Indian team lost in the semifinals of the marquee events.
Hope for the Upcoming ODI World Cup
The last ICC title for India came under the leadership of legendary MS Dhoni in the 2013 Champions Trophy and the Rohit Sharma-led side will be pumped up to do well in home conditions this year to end their ICC title drought.
Sourav Ganguly’s Assessment
Sourav Ganguly emphasised India’s chances going into the ODI World Cup in India, as they will look to build on confidence in playing at home conditions and recalled the historic triumphs of the Men in Blue in recent times, including India’s victory over Australia at home and England’s triumph, but also reminded everyone about their performance in key matches of the mega event.
Quote from Sourav Ganguly
“Is #TeamIndia favourite because the World Cup is held in India or because we’re playing with strength and confidence @Virendersehwag? Yes, we won against Aus in Aus, drew series against England but then we lost to them both in big match situations. I think we have a solid team and a big chance, but we do need to get back to our winning ways before the #ICCworldCup2023,”
– Sourav Ganguly
- ICC World Cup 2023 is scheduled to take place from October 5 to November 19.
- India will play a three-match ODI series against Australia in September before launching their World Cup campaign against Australia on October 8 in Chennai.
Rohit Sharma’s Leadership
Rohit Sharma brought a breath of fresh air to Indian cricket, following the exit of Virat Kohli post-2021 T20 World Cup. Now, he has a chance to become the third India captain to lift the ODI World Cup after legendary Kapil Dev and MS Dhoni in the 2023 World Cup.
Upcoming Game Against Pakistan
India will be up against the arch-rivals Pakistan in the Super 4 game of the Asia Cup 2023 in Sri Lanka and they will look to put on an impressive show against the Men in Green to put up a brilliant performance in the Island nation and the game will have a reserve day due to rain threats in the Colombo.
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