As the highly anticipated ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 unfolds in India on October 5, cricket enthusiasts worldwide are abuzz with excitement. Adding to the excitement, former Australian wicket-keeper batter Adam Gilchrist, a respected voice in the cricketing world, has ventured some bold predictions regarding the two teams he believes will ultimately vie for the prestigious trophy in the Final of this grand ODI tournament.

The tournament’s inaugural match is scheduled to take place on Thursday at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. In this thrilling opening encounter, the defending champions, England, will be locking horns with New Zealand, a clash that promises high-octane action and sets the stage for what is expected to be a fiercely competitive World Cup.

Gilchrist’s prediction for the World Cup 2023 final

Gilchrist extended his best wishes to each participating team in the Cricket World Cup 2023, acknowledging the tournament’s global excitement and anticipation. Alongside his well-wishes, the 51-year-old made a prediction that will stoke the fires of cricketing fervour – he believes that Australia are poised to emerge victorious by defeating India in the final game.

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“On the eve of the Men’s Cricket World Cup, all the best to every team. Fond memories. Australia to beat India in the Final for mine. Welcome your comments 😜 @clubprairiefire,” he mentioned.

It is worth noting that the Rohit-Sharma-led Indian side will embark on their World Cup journey on October 8 and face Pat Cummins-led Australia in their first affair of the ODI tournament at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.

India replaced injured Axar Patel with Ravichandran Ashwin in their final squad for the World Cup 2023, while Australia replaced their injured all-rounder Ashton Agar by roping in Marnus Labuschagne in their last squad adjustment for the marquee event.

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