Are you as excited as us about the 2023 ODI World Cup? We've been waiting a while for this, but now the World Cup is upon us. A lot has changed over the last few years in the world of ODI cricket, so we are super keen to see how each country will perform.
Before the first match kicks off, let us take you through a preview of what we think will happen throughout the World Cup. And as you know, the pressure cooker of a World Cup can spit up many interesting results – so there is bound to be a number of curveballs. But, who better than Damien Fleming to take you through what he thinks of the upcoming ODI World Cup and provide his cricket tips.
Check out all the deets below:
Top Teams in the ODI World Cup
The four top teams in the ODI World Cup include; India, Australia, England and Pakistan.
India – They are the number 1 ranked ODI team and won the World Cup at home in 2011 and enter the tournament with the good form. Have Shubman Gill (number 2) and Virat Kohli (number 9) in top rated ODI batsman. Bowling quick Mohammed Siraj is rated number 1 and left arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav is rated number 10.
Australia – The Aussies have won more World Cup than any other nation. Travis Head a big loss up top and fingers crossed for his fitness halfway through the World Cup. Who opens? Marsh? He’s been fantastic at number 3. Green opened in India last year and did a good job. Do we have too many all-rounders? Zampa is the only spinning option too.
England – The reigning champs are a batting juggernaut. Bairstow, Milan, Root, Stokes, Buttler, Livingstone, Brook all score quicker than a run a ball. With all-rounders down to number 10 means their top end scores are massive. Mark Woods' pace will be a big positive and when it spins Moeen and Rashid complement each other well.
Pakistan – They won the World Cup in Australia in 1992. Often provide the highlights and lowlights of the tournaments. Batting is strong with Babar Azam the number one rated batsman in the world Imam-ul-Haq has had a good couple years as well. Injury to Naseem Shah leaves a hole and needs Shaheen Afridi to get early wickets. Expect spinning allrounder Shadab Khan to have a good World cup.
Who Will Make the ODI World Cup Final?
Looking now who will make the Final – it will be between India and Australia.
India – Can they handle the pressure of playing at home? What is their best team? They have a lot of right-hand batsmen. I’m expecting Jasprit Bumrah to come back well from injury and signs suggest he has added an outswinger to his already heavily skilled bowling.
Australia – I’m backing the Aussie big guns to get us to the Final. Mitchell Starc is questionably our greatest World Cup bowler, so backing him to dominate. Backed by Hazlewood, Cummins and Zampa, all experienced and gun ODI bowlers. The batting experience of Warner, Smith, Marsh, Marcus etc. should get then through to the Final.
Who Will Win the 2023 ODI World Cup?
The Final played at Modi stadium in Gujarat and holds a lazy 132,000 spectators!! Going with Australia in a close Final. With the bat Mitch Marsh to play a starring role. Glenn Maxwell power to come into play and the experienced bowling line up to get the job done. Mitchell Starc getting early wickets wining the ball into the right-handed dominate Indian batting line up. Aussies win their 6th ODI World Cup trophy.
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