‘You won’t be surprised': Australia legend McGrath predicts India, Pakistan's World Cup 2023 future
The 13th ODI World Cup will be hosted in India from October 5 to November 19, 2023. It will be the 13th time this famous event has been held.
India will host the world cup on its own for the first time. In the past, it has co-hosted the event with other countries. The Men in Blue hope to end their long and frustrating wait for an ICC title.
Glenn McGrath, who used to be a fast bowler for Australia, has picked his top four teams for the event. The famous bowler said that he thinks Australia, India, England, and Pakistan will be in the tournament's final four teams.
Australia has won the title five times, and McGrath has been a part of three of those victories, in 1999, 2003, and 2007.
India has won the World Cup twice, in 1983 and 2011. Both England and Pakistan have also won the event once, in 2019 and 1992, respectively.
"It shouldn't surprise you that I put Australia in that group of four. India is obviously playing the way they want to. Both England and Pakistan are playing good cricket right now. McGrath said before the event, "That means they are the best four."
McGrath praised India's best bowler, Jasprit Bumrah, for how well he did on Indian pitches. He said that if you can do well in India, you can do well anywhere else in the world.
Bumrah is coming back from a long injury break and has been named captain for the T20I series against Ireland. He will be hoping to get into the event.
Due to a back issue, the pacer hasn't played since September 2022, but he or she is expected to be fully fit for the huge event.
"It's probably hardest to be a fast bowler in India. Here, pitches aren't that juicy. But now there are young spin bowlers from India that we probably haven't seen before. Because fast bowling here wasn't as targeted as it is now. "If you do well here as a fast bowler, you can do well anywhere in the world," McGrath said.
The 10-team world cup will be set up like the 2019 World Cup, with a round-robin league.
Matches will be held in many places in India, such as Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Dharamsala, Delhi, Chennai, Lucknow, Pune, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Kolkata.
The semi-finals will be in Mumbai and Kolkata, and the final will be in Ahmedabad at the famous Narendra Modi Stadium.