Ravichandran Ashwin opines on India’s chances of win the World Cup
By SMCS - Jan 21, 2023 1:03 pm
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Team India are one of the favourites at any World Cup these days and veteran India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has said that India are a firm favourite for the tournament but multiple venues and related adjustment might hamper their performance. However, Team India have already started their preparations for the ODI World Cup which will be played at home.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya with Indian players

Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin, who has been part of Team India for two editions of the ODI World Cup shared his own experience while speaking on his YouTube channel as well. The veteran shared, “India’s ODI home record ever since the 2019 World Cup finished is extremely impressive. India has won against every team that’s travelled to India in this space, which are West Indies, Australia, England, South Africa, Sri Lanka. India’s home record is 14-4 in this space [since the 2019 World Cup], which is a 78 to 80 percent win record in India.”

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“All of these 18 ODIs have happened in different venues every single time (14 venues). If you have to compare the same spree with Australia or England, the venues are pretty stock standard. They play all their Test matches at 4-5 venues, the ODIs are played in 2-3 venues and so they know their venues like the back of their hand,” Ravichandran Ashwin further added.

Team India
Team India

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However, he also said that India are going to be a bit “short changed” going into the mega event. He also said that the wickets and playing conditions vary across the places, which can prove to be a crucial factor for Team India as well. He then added how it has changed for the home team to win the World Cup since 2011 as it is because the host is well aware of the pitches as well. And it will be interesting to know how India perform in the marquee event.