Former Indian player and head coach Ravi Shastri said that the Indian team will start as the favourites in the 2023 World Cup final to be played against Australia in Ahmedabad on Sunday, November 19 as well. However, Shastri shared how brilliantly India has played so far in the tournament, remaining unbeaten in the league stage and then thrashing New Zealand by 70 runs in the semifinal as well. He also feels they should win the trophy if they continue playing the same way also.
In an event in Chennai, Ravi Shastri said: “India will win the World Cup. They will start as favourites in the final. They have played outstandingly well. I think they will be relaxed. They are playing at home, and it’s a very experienced side, and they don’t need to do anything different. The way they have played…it will be around the way they had left in the last game. They should be holding that cup very soon.”
Meanwhile, Ravi Shastri also added that Team India isn’t overdependent on just one or two players to win the game. He said several players have stepped up throughout the tournament whenever the team needed them as well. And, this is a great opportunity to end their 10-year-long wait for an ICC Trophy on Sunday as well.
“They just need to be composed and calm, handling and soaking in the pressure. You (India) don’t want to be over-excited just because it’s a final.”You (India) know what your roles are, and the good thing is this team doesn’t depend on one or two players. There are eight or nine players performing game after game, so that’s a brilliant sign,” Ravi Shastri concluded.