The excitement is building as the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 is set to kick off in India on October 5, culminating with the final match scheduled for November 19. This edition of the ICC extravaganza holds a special place in cricketing history as it marks the first time India serves as the sole host for the prestigious tournament.
Key dates and matches
The World Cup 2023 will captivate cricket enthusiasts from October 5 to November 19, with Team India commencing their campaign on October 8 against Australia in Chennai. The opening clash, scheduled for October 5, will see New Zealand and England face off at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. This iconic venue will also host the much-anticipated showdown between India and Pakistan on October 15, as well as the grand final. As the cricketing world eagerly awaits the commencement of the tournament, fans, pundits, and experts alike are analyzing and selecting their favourites and key players for the upcoming mega event.
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Aaron Finch’s picks
One such expert is former Australia captain Aaron Finch, who boasts a T20 World Cup win in 2021. He has shared his insights by identifying four key bowlers to watch out for in the World Cup.
Finch’s keen evaluation places Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj in an elite category alongside renowned fast bowlers such as Trent Boult, Mitchell Starc and Kagiso Rabada. Finch underscored the threat posed by new-ball bowlers who possess the ability to skillfully swing the ball, making them formidable adversaries for any batting lineup. He lauded Siraj’s current form and performance, highlighting his stellar contributions to the fast bowling realm.
“I think Trent Bolt, Mitchell Starc, and Rabada, these guys, especially Siraj, he’s as good as anyone in the world at the moment,” Finch was quoted as saying to Star Sports.
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