Last Update on: September 29th, 2023 at 10:05 am
Former BCCI president Sourav Ganguly expressed his excitement for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2023, which is scheduled to begin on October 5. Sourav Ganguly hoped that the Rohit Sharma-led team would maintain its good form throughout the tournament.
The Men in Blue have been in outstanding form in the 50-over format. They showcased their dominance by winning the Asia Cup 2023, defeating Sri Lanka in the final. They secured a 2-1 victory against Australia in a three-match ODI series on home turf.
This Is Going To Be A Big World Cup – Sourav Ganguly
Reflecting on Team India’s prospects in the World Cup, Sourav Ganguly emphasized the excellent recent form of the Rohit Sharma-led team, hoping they would secure the title.
“This is going to be a big World Cup. The World Cup is a big tournament. India has been playing very well, so it is a matter of delight. We hope that they continue to play the same good Cricket for the next 45 days,” Ganguly was quoted as saying to the reporters.
The Indian team will enter the marquee tournament as the No. 1 ranked ODI team. In preparation for the World Cup, the hosts will play two warm-up matches against England and the Netherlands on September 30 and October 3, respectively.
Ravichandran Ashwin Replaces Injured Axar Patel
Team India made one forced change to their 15-member squad for the upcoming 10-team tournament. Veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin replaced Axar Patel in the final squad. Ashwin was part of India’s World Cup winnings campaign in 2011 at home.
The home team will kick off their campaign with a match against the Pat Cummins-led Australia at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on October 8. The highly anticipated India-Pakistan clash is scheduled to be played in Ahmedabad on Saturday, October 14.
India World Cup Squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (vc), Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav