Adam Gilchrist pickks four favourites to win ODI World Cup 2023 title. Picture Credit: X/@BLACKCAPS and ICC
- The 2023 edition of the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup will take place in India.
- The 10-team tournament will be played from October 5 to November 19.
- Adam Gilchrist has picked India, Pakistan, England, and Australia as the four semifinalists for the ODI World Cup 2023.
Former Australian wicketkeeper-batter Adam Gilchrist, who won three ODI World Cup titles, has picked four teams that, according to him, will be favourites to win the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 title, which is scheduled to take place in India from October 5 to November 19. The legendary cricketer, who scored 149 runs in the final of the 2007 World Cup, snubbed the likes of the star-studded New Zealand team from his pick for the four semifinalists of the 50-over megaevent along with South Africa, but has backed India and Pakistan to make it to the last four.
According to the left-handed batter, hosts India, along with defending champions England, five-time winners Australia, and world No. 1 ODI team Pakistan, will play in the semifinals of the ODI World Cup 2023.
“I think India and Pakistan could feature in the semi-finals; Australia and England are another two teams,” Gilchrist was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
Speaking about Australia’s chances in the ODI World Cup 2023, Gilchrist said that he is hopeful that the five-time champions will do well in India.
“Australia will learn a lot from their efforts in South Africa when they come to India. They have three games before the World Cup against India, so they will have a bit more of a full-strength squad there, so that might tell us a bit about where they are at, so it’s a bit hard to tell who’s going to win it (the World Cup), but I think there are probably four semi-finalists there,” he said.
Australia, which will face India in a three-match ODI series this week, recently suffered a shocking 2-3 ODI series defeat against the South African team. The Kangaroos were 2-0 up in the five-match contest but lost the last three matches to concede the series.
The ODI series against India, which starts on Friday (September 22) in Mohali, will be Australia’s last ODI assignment before the ODI World Cup 2023, in which they will begin their campaign against India itself on October 8 in Chennai.