Last Update on: October 3rd, 2023 at 03:47 pm
Fans and experts are busy making predictions about the highly-anticipated ICC World Cup 2023 as the tournament is all set to get underway. Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has also made his predictions for the competition.
The much-awaited competition is scheduled to be played from October 5 to November 19 in India. A total of ten teams – India, Pakistan, Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and the Netherlands – are participating in the event.
The thirteenth edition of the ODI World Cup is scheduled to be played across ten venues. In the first game of the tournament, reigning champions England will be up against New Zealand at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Hosts India are scheduled to open their campaign against Australia on October 8 in Chennai.
Sanjay Manjrekar predicts semifinalists:
Sanjay Manjrekar has predicted the semifinalists for the ICC World Cup 2023. The former cricketer-turned-commentator is a part of the commentary panel for the World Cup. One of the most renowned and experienced commentators in international cricket at present, Sanjay Manjrekar has picked India, Australia, England, and New Zealand as the semifinalists for the tournament.
Incidentally, these four teams had qualified for the semifinal in the last edition of the ODI World Cup too. New Zealand had defeated India while England had defeated Australia in the semifinal to progress to the final. India are the hosts and are widely considered as one of the strongest teams in the competition.
India have proved their World Cup credentials by winning the Asia Cup last month and following it up with a series win over Australia. With most of India’s key players fit for the competition, they are one of the favorites to lift the trophy.
England are the reigning champions and arguably the most feared side in the world at present. Very few would bet against the Jos Buttler-led side at present. Talking about Australia, they are the most successful side in the history of the competition. Having won it five times, they know what it takes to win the tournament. New Zealand are yet to win the ODI World Cup but they are also a strong contender. Having finished runners-up in the past two editions, they will be desperate to go all the way this year.