Virender Sehwag Unveils His Four Semi-finalists For ICC World Cup 2023, and The thirteenth season of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 will take place in India, with the tournament hosted solely by India for the first time. The ICC has released the complete schedule for the event, which is set to run from 5 October 2023 to 19 November 2023.
As cricket enthusiasts gear up for the highly anticipated 2023 ODI World Cup, former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag has shared his insightful predictions on which teams he believes will secure the coveted semi-final spots in the tournament. Known for his fearless batting during his playing days, Sehwag’s prediction about semi-finalists for the marquee event captivates to catching the attention of fans and experts. With his unparalleled expertise and cricketing prowess, Sehwag meticulously handpicked the teams that are expected to set the stage ablaze with their exceptional skills, determination, and competitiveness.
Here’s what Sehwag said:
“If I have to pick four teams – Australia, England, India and Pakistan. These are the semi-finalists. Australia and England will surely be there because the kind of cricket they are playing – they don’t play conventional shots, only unconventional – these 2 teams are pretty good at it. Also, England and Australia are the two away teams who can play better cricket in the sub-continent.”
India: A Formidable Contender
At the helm of India’s cricket team, Rohit Sharma is a master of the white ball game and a trump card at the top of the order. India, known for its dominance in world cricket, has a rich history of success in the World Cup, making them strong contenders for the title once again. With a potent combination of explosive batting and a well-balanced bowling attack, India is poised to dominate the World Cup. The squad is a mix of seasoned players and promising talents who have displayed outstanding performances, making them one of the four contenders for the semi-finals.
England: Reigning Champions Eyeing Glory
After their triumphant victory in the 2019 ICC World Cup, England is set to defend their title in the 2023 World Cup. The current ODI world champions, England, are determined to perform well in Asian conditions. England have turned the tables after their dreadful 2015 ODI World Cup. They started to play an aggressive style of cricket from the very first ball, which immensely helped their cause. Jos Buttler has been assigned the prestigious role of leading the England cricket team in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. Armed with a dynamic style of cricket, their ability to chase big targets and the experience of winning under pressure positions them as likely semi-finalists.
Australia: The Perennial Powerhouse
With a history of cricketing excellence, Australia is expected to showcase its prowess in the CWC 2023. With an impressive squad, experienced leadership, and a talented pool of key players, Australia is well-prepared to compete fiercely in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. As a five-time world cup champion, they will leave no stone unturned in their quest to lift the prestigious trophy once again. Pat Cummins, the country’s top fast bowler, will take charge of the Australian cricket team in the ICC World Cup 2023. Their consistent track record in major tournaments and knack for performing under pressure make them a strong contender for the semi-finals.
Pakistan: The Dark Horse
Known for their underdog spirit and consistent performances in ICC events, Pakistan is a team that should not be underestimated. Led by the astute Babar Azam, the Men in Green have a history of overachieving in limited-overs cricket. With a blend of experienced players and promising talents, the Pakistani squad looks ready to take on the challenges of the prestigious tournament. Their team synergy, disciplined approach, and ability to capitalize on crucial moments could earn them a place in the semi-finals.
Previously many veteran cricketers have also shared their insightful predictions that India, Australia, England, and Pakistan are the four teams as the favorites to secure semi-final spots in the marquee event. Notably, any of the former cricketers have not mentioned New Zealand.
Glenn McGrath Prediction:
Renowned Australian pace legend Glenn McGrath also predicts the top four teams likely to reach the semi-finals of the highly anticipated ODI World Cup 2023. The four teams predicted by Glenn McGrath to watch out for are England, Australia, Pakistan, and India. These teams boast an extraordinary array of talent and a proven track record of excellence.
Eoin Morgan Prediction:
Eoin Morgan, former 2019 World Cup-winning England team captain, also recently shared his favorite four teams for the World Cup 2023 semi-finals. Morgan’s predictions aligned with McGrath’s and Sehwag’s as he selected England, India, Pakistan, and Australia as the favorites for the semi-final stage.