With the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 just around the corner, fans worldwide are eagerly awaiting the tournament’s start on October 5th in India. The tournament opener is set to feature a thrilling clash between England and New Zealand, both of whom were finalists in the previous edition of the tournament.

As the cricketing world gears up for this much-anticipated event, former India spinner Harbhajan Singh has offered his insights and predictions on the four teams he believes will secure a place in the semifinals.

Harbhajan terms Pakistan an average side in 50-over format

Harbhajan, renowned for his spin wizardry during his playing days, assessed Pakistan’s chances in the ODI format, noting that they excel in T20 cricket but are relatively less potent in the 50-over format. Speaking on his YouTube channel, Harbhajan stated, “People are saying Pakistan could advance to the semifinals but in the 50-over format, they are just average. They play good cricket in T20Is.”

Harbhajan’s top four semi-final picks

In contrast to his assessment of Pakistan, Harbhajan unequivocally named India, Australia, England, and New Zealand as his four picks for the semifinals of the ODI World Cup 2023. These selections underscore the strong cricketing prowess and rich history of these cricketing giants.

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“My fourth pick would be New Zealand. (India, Australia, England, New Zealand) are my four semifinalists for the World Cup,” added Bhajji.

India aims for a third ODI World Cup Trophy

India, led by Rohit Sharma, enters the tournament with high expectations and hopes to continue the trend of home teams securing victory in the World Cup. The last three editions have been won by the host nations: India in 2011, Australia in 2015, and England in 2019.

With their previous victory dating back to 2011 under the leadership of MS Dhoni, India are eager to end their ICC title drought by securing their third ODI World Cup trophy. The nation’s cricket fans are brimming with optimism as they look forward to the tournament’s commencement.

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