Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has named India as the team to beat in the 2023 Cricket World Cup. Ponting praised India’s all-round strength and depth, and said that they will be very difficult to beat on home soil. With their all-round strength and depth, India are the team to beat in the 2023 Cricket World Cup. However, they will need to maintain their focus and composure under pressure if they want to lift the trophy.
“I said from the start that I think they’re going to be the team to beat. They’ve got a very talented team. They’ve got all bases covered with their fast bowling, their spin and their top-order, middle-order batting,” Ricky Ponting told the ICC. “They’re going to be extremely hard to beat. But we’ll see how they hold up under extreme pressure as well.”
India have made a strong start to their World Cup campaign, registering convincing victories against Australia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. They are currently at the top of the points table, with three wins in three matches.
In their match against Pakistan, India registered a dominant seven-wicket victory, claiming a comfortable triumph with 117 balls to spare. Five Indian bowlers took two wickets each, with Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav triggering the collapse with brilliant spells after Mohammed Siraj had taken the crucial wicket of Babar Azam.
India skipper Rohit Sharma spoke about the need to move forward and maintain the balance, not getting “too excited” as the World Cup campaign is not a short affair.
“I will keep my fingers crossed. We don’t want to get too excited and also not get too low as well. It is a long tournament, nine league games and then the semis and final. Just have to keep the balance and go forward. I have said it before, for us it was an opposition [Pakistan] we wanted to play. Every opposition we come against they can beat you. We have to be good on that particular day. The past and future does not matter,” Rohit Sharma said in the post-match presentation.
After registering three back-to-back victories in their World Cup campaign, the Men in Blue will face Bangladesh on Thursday at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.