Eoin Morgan lifted the ODI World Cup in 2019 and fulfilled the English dream. Although he won’t be there to defend the title for England, the former skipper believes the team he captained once will trail India in the 2023 edition.
In a recent interview, the ex-captain positioned Rohit Sharma-led team India as the World Cup favourites. And, Morgan believes that because of the home advantage for the Indian team.
“England is an exceptionally strong team, and I would consider them as the second most likely to win, with India holding the top spot, particularly when playing on their home turf”, Morgan said in his statement.
Apart from the ex English captain, many others – from former cricketers to experts, cricket betting enthusiasts, and fans across the world – predict India to lift the ODI World Cup 2023.
On the other hand, legendary Indian spinner R Ashwin made a bold claim by stating that people picking India as favourites is putting extra pressure on the team.
Will India win the 2023 edition of the ODI world cup?
We’ll get the answer soon. But, seeing the current Indian team, it’s not surprising that so many people are picking India as World Cup favourites.
However, India alone aren’t favourites. Apart from India, there are others teams too that have the potential to win the biggest ODI trophy.
They have won the World Cup five times, more than any other team. They also won the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, which shows that they are a team that can perform well under pressure.
Apart from that, Australia have a strong batting line-up that is capable of scoring big runs on any surface. Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne are two of the best batsmen in the world in any format.
Also, they also have a number of other capable batsmen in their squad, such as Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, and Matthew Wade.
Pakistan boasts a formidable batting order, spearheaded by the exceptional talent of Babar Azam, widely recognized as one of the world’s premier batsmen across all formats. Azam is a versatile and complete batsman, demonstrating his ability to score runs in diverse conditions. Additionally, his leadership skills make him a valuable captain, with the capability to guide his team to success.
In addition, Pakistan also have a number of other capable batsmen in their squad, such as Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, and Mohammad Rizwan. These batsmen are all capable of scoring big runs and providing stability to the batting order.
When it comes to bowling, the team is led by Shaheen Afridi, who is one of the best fast bowlers in the world.
They are the defending champions and have a wealth of experience in big tournaments. They have a strong batting line-up that is capable of scoring big runs on any surface.
England’s batting line-up is led by Jos Buttler, who is one of the most destructive batsmen in the world in white-ball cricket. He is a complete batsman who can score runs in all conditions. He is also a good captain and has the ability to lead his team to victory.
England also have a number of other capable batsmen in their squad, such as Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, and Ben Stokes. These batsmen are all capable of scoring big runs and providing stability to the batting order.
The English bowling attack is led by Jofra Archer and Mark Wood, who are two of the fastest bowlers in the world. They are also very good at taking wickets in the death overs, which is crucial in ODI cricket.
Their team were the runners-up in the last two editions of the World Cup, and they will be determined to go one better in 2023.
New Zealand have a strong batting line-up led by Kane Williamson, who is one of the best batsmen in the world. He is also a good captain and has the ability to lead his team to victory.
New Zealand also have a number of other capable batsmen in their squad, such as Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, and Ross Taylor.
The New Zealand bowling attack is led by Trent Boult and Tim Southee, who are two of the best fast bowlers in the world. They are both experienced bowlers who have a lot of wickets to their name.
India have a strong batting line-up led by Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, who are two of the best batsmen in the world. Rohit is the current ICC ODI batsman of the year and is in excellent form. He is a destructive opener who can score runs quickly.
Kohli is one of the most consistent batsmen in the world and is capable of scoring big hundreds.
As Jasprit Bumrah is back, the Indian bowling attack looks stronger than before.
Also, India also have a number of other quality bowlers in their squad, such as Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Yuzvendra Chahal. These bowlers are all capable of taking wickets in different conditions and will be a valuable asset to the team.
In the End
The 2023 ODI World Cup is shaping up to be a thriller, with India, Australia, Pakistan, England, and New Zealand all in contention. It will be a tournament to remember!