Everything You Need to Know About the 2023 World Cup
The biggest festival of World Cricket returns to the ultimate Cricket powerhouse- India, after 12 Years. The top eight teams of the ICC rankings automatically qualified for the World Cup. The remaining 10 teams had to play ICC World Cup Qualifiers, held in Zimbabwe, out of which the top two teams qualified for the World Cup. Teams that qualified through the Qualifiers included Sri Lanka and the Netherlands. So the hosts India along with Pakistan, Australia, England, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, New Zealand, and South Africa, and the two qualified teams will compete in the intense tournament to be the Cricket World Champions.
With India in 2011, Australia in 2015, and England in 2019, winning the last three World Cup at home, it would be a golden opportunity for the Men-in-blue to continue the streak and lift the trophy at home. Pakistan, in-form Australia, defending champions England, the host India along with New Zealand will be the main contenders for the trophy. While Bangladesh and South Africa may also provide some nail-biting finishes and may upset the Cricket giants.
With 10 teams and approximately 150 players participating in the Biggest Cricket tournament, Some of the players will have to stand out to help their team reach the top. Some of the batsmen to look out for will include Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, David Warner, Babar Azam, and Ben Stokes. With five centuries, current Indian Captain Rohit Sharma surpassed the record for most centuries in a single World Cup, which makes him a valuable player for the host team. A batting prodigy, Virat Kohli will compete in his fourth World Cup. He has the capacity to bat for extended stretches and keep the team's innings steady with a batting average of above 57. David Warner, an aggressive left-handed opener for Australia, will undoubtedly want to leave his imprint on the 2023 Cricket World Cup. Warner may be competing in his final World Cup, therefore he wants to finish with the trophy. The Pakistani team's Captain, Babar Azam, is a skilled and refined athlete. The 28-year-old is the quickest batter to accumulate 5000 ODI runs and hopes to add to that total during the 2023 World Cup. In the most recent world cup, Ben Stokes was the hero of the Final. He snatched victory from New Zealand's grasp by scoring 86 runs off 98 balls in the final game. Upon his return from retirement, he will undoubtedly want to take advantage of this chance.
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This edition will feature one of the most fearsome and brilliant bowlers. Bowlers are just as vital to a team's success as batters. The best bowling duos to keep an eye out for are Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzi Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohd Siraj, Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali, and Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah. For decades, Pakistan has been renowned for its pace bowling, and this World Cup will be no exception. On one hand, Shaheen is capable of Swinging the ball early and bowling tighter lines to the batsmen, while Shah is known for his pace and accuracy in his bowling. This will prove to be a lethal duo if both the bowlers are on song. Jasprit Bumrah, an elite fast bowler for India, is widely renowned for his distinctive bowling motion and deft variation while Mohd Siraj, his partner, is well known for his aggressiveness and capacity to confound the batter with his line and length. At seaming tracks, the Duo will be crucial for the Indian squad.
Australia is one of the favorites to win the World Cup, but they can't accomplish it without Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins' aggressiveness and tenacity. Both Starc and Cummins are seasoned members of the squad, and they both bring a wealth of knowledge to the table. Australia would need that desperately. Spinning duos will also play a significant role in the lineups in India's spin-friendly conditions. The duos of India's Kuldeep-Chahal and England's Ali-Rashid will significantly improve their team's performance.