I Don't See Pakistan Going Forward: Harbhajan Singh Makes Bold World Cup Prediction For Babar Azam And Co.
Harbhajan Singh has made an audacious forecast that Pakistan will not compete in the 2023 World Cup. For the first time since 2016, the Men in Green have arrived in India. Sunil Gavaskar, an Indian cricket icon, believes his country is the favourite to win the event.
The opening match of the 13th ODI World Cup will take place in Ahmedabad's Narendra Modi Stadium will feature the reigning champions, England, against New Zealand.
This would be the first time that India has hosted the entire event. Ahmedabad will host both the championship game and the highly anticipated India-Pakistan encounter.
Harbhajan Singh made a daring prediction one day prior to the commencement of the ICC event: he did not think Pakistan will advance in the competition. The legendary Indian added, "I don't see Pakistan going forward in this tournament," during an address at the India Today Conclave.
They are a strong Twenty20 team, but based on what I've seen of the Asia Cup and the practise matches, they appear to be a subpar team. I don't think India's history against Pakistan will change.
India are the favourites, according to panellist Sunil Gavaskar, who stated: "We have to win the World Cup, but this match is important." The average person would argue that winning versus Pakistan is essential, but we also need to win the World Cup. There is no denying that we are the favourites."
India will undoubtedly go into the World Cup as the favourite, as the host country of the previous three World Cups has raised the trophy. India won the illusive trophy for the first time as a home team in 2011.
Australia accomplished the same thing in 2015, and England, the hosts, defeated New Zealand to win the 2019 World Cup final. It will be expected of Rohit Sharma to brush off his poor performance in ICC competitions while serving as captain.
India was defeated by Australia in the World Test Championship final and by England in the 2022 T20 World Cup semi-final. October 5–November 19 is when the 2023 World Cup will take place.