IND vs SL: “India And Pakistan Are Not Favorites To Win 2023 ODI World Cup” – Kumar Sangakkara

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Kumar Sangakkara. Image: BCCI/IPL

Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara believes that subcontinental sides will not be the favourites to win the ODI World Cup. As per the former player, cricket has altered since foreign teams learned how to play spin.

The 13th edition of the 50-over World Cup will be hosted by India in 2023. For the fourth time in its history, India will host the quadrennial tournament in 2023.

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Teams from the subcontinent, including Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and India, won’t be considered favourites to win the ODI World Cup, which will be played during the months of October and November.

Speaking on a Star Sports program, Sangakkara claimed that spin bowling became more popular internationally thanks to cricket, which was unheard of even ten years ago.

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“I think cricket’s changed quite a lot since 2011, in those days I would say that in Asian conditions, it favors the subcontinental players. But over the years I think that England, Australia, New Zealand have learnt to play spin a lot better than even the subcontinental sides,” Sangakkara explained.

“IPL has helped a lot in terms of exposure as well”: Kumar Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara continued by saying that players like Glenn Maxwell and Jonny Bairstow have many options against spin these days and are better able to do so than players from the subcontinent.

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Kumar Sangakkara (Image Credit: Twitter)

“There are a lot of reverse sweeps, paddle shots, and sweeps, all of these new strokes using their feet. That, I believe, has changed the way we view cricket on the subcontinent. IPL has helped a lot in terms of exposure as well, “Kumar Sangakkara stated on Star Sports.

The last ODI World Cup saw India defeat New Zealand in the semi-finals. A rigorous T20 schedule prevented the squad from playing many ODIs in 2022, but they still had matches against Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and Australia before the start of the Indian Premier League.

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