India’s Main Weapon in the World Cup 2023, and Former Pakistan speedster and legendary bowler Wasim Akram feels all-rounder Hardik Pandya will be crucial to India’s chances at the ODI World Cup beginning from October 5. Hardik Pandya’s dynamic all-round abilities provide India with a game-changing asset. His explosive batting and handy medium-pace bowling make him a valuable asset, capable of turning the tide of a match in India’s favor. In this article, we will take a look at why Pandya can be India’s most important player in the upcoming ODI World Cup.
Speaking to Star Sports after the Asia Cup final, here’s what Wasim Akram had to say about
Hardik Pandya and the rest of the Indian bowling:
“He (Hardik Pandya) is their main weapon in the upcoming World Cup and India is one of the favorite teams to win it.”
Hardik Pandya is extremely crucial for the Men in Blue in the World Cup. Pandya once again stepped up with the ball in Asia Cup 2023, this time in the final, where he cleaned up the tail by picking up three wickets. He picked up six wickets in the tournament at an outstanding economy rate of 3.34.
Solid Temperament & Leadership Skills:
Hardik Pandya has demonstrated excellent temperament with the bat and ball so far, regardless of the format. Pandya has shown that he can maintain his calm and keep a check on his control. It allows him to deliver under pressure. It could prove to be a pivotal element in his game during the ODI-World Cup. Given that the tournament will be held in India, there will be massive pressure on the hosts, who are considered one of the favorites to win the whole thing. Pandya’s unwavering temperament could come in super handy in crunch games, where India will need him. He possesses invaluable leadership skills, a crucial attribute for international cricketers. His consistent performances in diverse settings, be it in India or overseas, pins his adaptability across all formats. This trait stands as a valuable asset for the Indian team as they will contend in various situations in the World Cup.
As hosts, the 2023 World Cup holds immense significance for Team India, as it presents a golden opportunity to secure the coveted 50-over championship, having come agonizingly close in the previous two editions. With an impressive squad, experienced leadership, and a talented pool of key players, India is well-prepared to compete fiercely in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. India will open their World Cup campaign on Sunday, October 8, when they take on Australia in Chennai. India will face arch-rivals Pakistan in the 2023 World Cup on Saturday, October 14. The highly anticipated clash will occur at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.