Robin Uthappa, the former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman, recently revealed his thoughts on the favorites to win the ICC World Cup 2023 in India. Speaking to TOI, Uthappa emphasized the importance of preparation and discussed the advantage of playing in front of a home crowd.
Team India’s Preparation
- Uthappa stated that playing a few matches before the ODI World Cup would enable Team India to finalize their squad and be better prepared for the tournament.
- With the T20 World Cup scheduled for 2024, Uthappa highlighted that Team India would be playing a lot of T20I cricket in the upcoming days.
- The 37-year-old believes that the preparation leading up to the World Cup would be crucial for India’s success.
India as Favorites
Uthappa expressed his confidence in Team India’s chances of clinching the ICC World Cup 2023, primarily due to the advantage of playing in front of their home crowd.
He stressed that a loss in the upcoming T20I series against Ireland could significantly impact the team’s morale. However, if India can secure a few games before the ODI World Cup, they will have a finalized team and an assured 15-member squad, putting them in a favorable position.
“India at home are definitely favorites,” Uthappa said.
Chahal or Kuldeep?
When asked about his preference between Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, Uthappa stated that he would choose both spinners for the ICC World Cup 2023 squad.
He praised Kuldeep’s improvement in bowling and his consistent performance whenever given an opportunity.
“Kuldeep is a much-improved bowler… He has performed out of his skin. I certainly think Kuldeep should also be an option. Kuldeep and Chahal are equally dangerous,” Uthappa added.
Rohit Sharma’s Crucial Role
Rohit Sharma, the captain of the Indian cricket team, will play a pivotal role in India’s quest to win the ICC World Cup 2023.
As the skipper, Rohit Sharma cannot afford to make any mistakes that could cost the team the prestigious tournament. His leadership and performance will be crucial for India’s success.
India will commence their ICC World Cup 2023 campaign against Australia on October 8th at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The highly anticipated India vs Pakistan match will take place on October 14th at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.