The overwhelming victory over Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2023 has seemingly announced Team India’s contention for the upcoming ICC ODI World Cup 2023. All of a sudden all the questions are seemingly answered and fans have begun to ride on optimism, yet again. Moreover, many experts who earlier communicated doubt about Team India have also changed their stance, and now have no qualms in putting India as the top favourite for the upcoming ODI carnival. Among the many is the old critic of the Men in Blue, Michael Vaughan.
3 things you need to know
- Team India defeated Sri Lanka by 10 wickets
- India won 8th Asia Cup title
- Mohd. Siraj picked up 6 wickets in the final of Asia Cup 2023
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Michael Vaughan picks India as ‘Clear favourites’
Whether it is about a certain pitch in India, or in the case of a loss or a win of Team India, a reaction from Michael Vaughan is bound to come every time the Asian giants step onto the ground. The former England captain followed the routine after India thrashed Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in the final of the Asia Cup 2023. Vaughan weighed in on the flawless performance of Team India and stated that the team has started to look very good with the World Cup knocking on the door.
“India is starting to look very very good leading into the WC .. Clear favourites”, wrote Vaughan at micro-blogging platform X.
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India conquer Asia
In the lead-up to the Asia Cup 2023, there were many issues seemingly prevalent with Team India. However, as the tournament began and things started to click, the side started to appear much stronger. From Ishan Kishan making the most of the opportunity presented to KL Rahul’s immediate impact on the game, the Asia Cup 2023 came as just the series that Team India was looking for. Virat Kohli also was on song and Rohit Sharma also hit the form at the right time. In the bowling department, Jasprit Bumrah has struck early throughout the tournament and Kuldeep Yadav has also made a sturdy statement ahead of the World Cup. Also, Mohd. Siraj has also made it known what he is capable of. So, positive signs are everywhere and the question that arises is, will Team India be able to capitalise on the momentum gained?