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India, which is ranked first, will use its best players to crush the opposition for home victory.

India, which is ranked first, will use its best players to crush the opposition for home victory.

India, which is ranked first, will use its best players to crush the opposition for home victory.

India has been in incredible form leading up to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 at home, and with their key players already back from injury and ready to go, the hosts won’t accept anything less than a third CWC championship.

Squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (vc), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav.

Best performance at the competition

(1983, 2011) Winner

In the 1983 World Cup final, India shocked everyone by defeating the powerful West Indies, who were poised to win a hat-trick of championships.

India won their first Cricket World Cup at home in 2011 under the leadership of MS Dhoni in an exciting final matchup against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

India won the World Cup in one of the most thrilling finishes ever seen, and they hope to repeat that feat this time around.

The outcomes of the most recent ten ODI matches are listed first: LWWW LWWW LWWW NRW

Australia fixtures (8 October), Chennai

Afghanistan on October 11 in Delhi

Ahmedabad, 14 October, vs. Pakistan

in Pune (19 October) against Bangladesh

in Dharamsala on October 22 against New Zealand

(29 October), Lucknow vs. England

Mumbai, 2 November vs. Sri Lanka

vs. South Africa, Kolkata, 5 November

Bengaluru (12 November), vs. Netherlands

Key Game against Pakistan on October 14

India has a perfect 7-0 record against Pakistan in Cricket World Cups, and as the tournament’s home favorites, the hosts will be hoping to extend that record. However, as India has recently discovered numerous times, things are not always as simple as they appear when facing a mercurial Pakistan pace attack.

Pakistan has a pompous array of quicks that, despite Naseem Shah’s injury, can show up and decimate teams on their good days. This eagerly anticipated match will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, and it will be only the second game played there during this tournament.

Pakistan’s quick bowlers would undoubtedly come into play on a new wicket, but India has the batting ability to withstand that while also having a potent group of fast bowlers of their own. In the weeks leading up to the World Cup, the two teams competed for first place in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Team Rankings, adding even more spice to this already flavorful matchup.

India will have the advantage after recently defeating Pakistan in the Asia Cup, winning the tournament with a resounding victory, and taking the top spot in the rankings after defeating Australia in a series. In the Asia Cup’s Super Four stage, Pakistan came in fourth place behind the other Asian powerhouses, but with players like Haris Rauf expected to make their injury comebacks, they won’t be taken lightly, particularly if the new ball bowlers can make some early inroads.

Important Player Jasprit Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah quickly demonstrated after returning from injury what his presence does to India’s bowling attack as a whole. Bumrah bowled two Ireland batters back in his first over after a year in a T20I in Dublin, winning Player of the Match.

Maintaining Bumrah’s fitness and freshness for the important matches would be of the utmost importance to the hosts after the pacer’s absence significantly hampered India’s bowling attack at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia last year.

That paid off when Bumrah took 18 wickets in nine matches at an average of 20.61 during the most recent Cricket World Cup in England in 2019.

His recent Asia Cup spell against Pakistan’s top order was just one more illustration of his ability to turn games in a matter of a few balls. Even though he has only taken eight wickets in six one-day internationals since his return, Bumrah’s ability to manipulate batters greatly aids the bowlers at the other end, a quality that is frequently overlooked in a bowler’s limited-overs career.

India has a potent batting lineup, two outstanding limited-overs all-rounders, and a potent spin attack, but Bumrah gives this team the genuine edge it needs to win this tournament.

Summary

With numerous boxes checked, India has everything going their way leading up to the World Cup. They have one of the strongest batting lineups in the competition thanks to a tasty group of batters who perfectly balance experience and bravado.

One of the top opening combinations in world cricket today is made up of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. They are followed by a strong middle order that includes all-rounders Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja, as well as Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, and KL Rahul. Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav are also members of this elite batting lineup.

The bowling team has recently put on otherworldly performances, and they have a good mix of every bowling style up their sleeves as they go after a domestic championship. The pace attack is being led by Bumrah and includes Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, and Shardul Thakur.

One aspect of India’s World Cup campaign that will be interesting to keep an eye on is how they decide to line-up — prioritize batting or support their best group of bowlers at the expense of batting depth? India will consider whether to go with additional batting depth, even if it comes at a cost, given that several of their bowlers are not considered to be among the best tailenders currently available.

A horses-for-courses approach in terms of how they form the XI could be the key to unlocking the title win. This delicate balance could make or break India’s tournament. Depending on the circumstances, they could select Thakur or Ravichandran Ashwin at No. 8, or they could go all-out on batting tracks where batting depth might not be as important with their three best seamers, who also form their best Test pace attack, and in-form spinner Kuldeep Yadav.

Will Rahul Dravid and company succeed in creating the ideal XI template? India’s biggest concern would be nailing their playing XI formula because they have an abundance of options from which to choose.

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