Former English skipper, Michael Vaughan has mentioned that it will be utter nonsense to call the Indian team favorites for the 2023 World Cup considering the home advantage. Vaughan further backed England saying they will be the team to beat in the tournament and will dominate for the next few more years. With the conclusion of the T20 World Cup 2022, teams will now turn their attention to the ODI World Cup to be held in India next year.
The hosts of the marquee event next year witnessed an exit from the semi-final stage of the tournament but will look forward to making a comeback next year. India won the 2011 ODI World Cup on home soil and can recreate the moment next year as well. They are considered favorites taking into account the advantage of home conditions but Michael Vaughan has a different view on it.
Michael Vaughan has termed the possibility of India being favorites as utter nonsense as in his column for Telegraph, he wrote, “The next big ticket is to win the 50 over World Cup in India next year. They have good spin options and you have to put them down as favorites for that tournament as well.”
He further added, “When the tournament starts people will have India as favorites on home soil. Utter nonsense. England will be the team to beat without any question and that is going to be the case for a few more years to come.”
Ever since England changed their approach in limited-overs cricket, they have dominated the marquee events. The team first won the ODI World Cup in 2019 and then topped it off with a victory at the 2022 T20 World Cup. Michael Vaughan added that England should ensure that they continue to be on top of white-ball cricket in the coming years.
Michael Vaughan also explained, “What English cricket has to make sure now is we are at the forefront of white-ball cricket for years. Young players are now coming into a group that has won so much that it should feed down the system. At the top of it all is Jos Buttler, World Cup-winning captain at the first attempt. That is huge for him.”