The cricketing world is buzzing with excitement as the countdown for the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 officially begins. The highly-anticipated tournament, set to commence on October 5th in India, is already generating immense anticipation among fans and experts alike. The opening clash between England and New Zealand promises to be a captivating encounter that will set the tone for the tournament.

As the tournament draws near, cricket experts are sharing their insights and predictions on who might emerge as the standout performers in this edition of the ODI World Cup. Among those offering their thoughts is former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan, who has weighed in on who he believes will be the leading run-scorer and wicket-taker of the tournament.

Virat Kohli as the leading run-scorer

Pathan has expressed his confidence in India’s cricketing superstar Virat Kohli as the leading run-scorer of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. Pathan cited Kohli’s extensive experience in the ODI format as the key factor behind his choice. With a remarkable track record and an impeccable ability to play under pressure, Kohli is undoubtedly one of the top contenders for this title.

“For me the top run-scorer in ODI World Cup is Virat Kohli due to his experience in the format,” said Irfan in a video shared by Star Sports.

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Kuldeep Yadav named as the leading wicket-taker

In addition to picking the leading run-scorer, Pathan has also named his choice for the leading wicket-taker of the ODI World Cup 2023. According to the 38-year-old expert, Kuldeep Yadav is his top pick for this prestigious title. The chinaman is known for his left-arm spin and ability to bamboozle batters with his variations. There is no doubt that Kuldeep has the potential to make a significant impact on the tournament. Pathan’s endorsement further highlights Kuldeep’s skill and the confidence that many have in his abilities on the international stage.

“For me the top wicket-taker in this World Cup is Kuldeep Yadav,” added Irfan.

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