Cricket enthusiasts and fans worldwide are eagerly awaiting the ODI World Cup 2023, set to be played in India from October 5 to November 19. Ahead of the start of the tournament, many experts have revealed their picks and predictions regarding the potential winners and team combinations.

Following the bandwagon, Aakash Chopra, a renowned cricket commentator and former Indian cricketer, recently unveiled his dream XI for the highly anticipated clash between India and Australia in the ODI World Cup.

Chopra selected his XI during the recently-concluded India vs Australia third ODI in Rajkot at Jio Cinema. Notably, India, being the hosts, will begin their campaign against the Aussies on October 8 at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

Opening Pair: Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill

In the world of limited-overs cricket, a strong opening partnership is often the key to a team’s success. Chopra has opted for the dynamic duo of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill as India’s openers for the crucial clash against Australia.

Rohit, known for his impeccable timing and ability to play the long innings, will be the anchor at the top of the order. Shubman, a young and exciting talent, brings enthusiasm, aggression, and the ability to accelerate when needed.

Virat Kohli to lead the middle order

No cricketing discussion about India’s ODI squad is complete without the mention of superstar Virat Kohli. Chopra, in alignment with popular sentiment, has included Kohli in his XI. Kohli’s ability to chase down targets and build innings is well-documented, making him an invaluable asset for the team.

Chopra’s selection showcased a robust middle order with KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya. Rahul, the wicketkeeper-batter, is known for his versatility in various batting positions, while Pandya brings the firepower and finishing skills required in modern-day cricket.

The cricketer-turned-commentator has added an exciting twist to the batting lineup by including Suryakumar Yadav down the order. Surya’s recent performances have impressed many, and he has the ability to play aggressive strokes and innovate in crunch situations.

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Kuldeep to spearhead spin department

In the spin department, Chopra suggested the inclusion of the ever-reliable Ravindra Jadeja, who can contribute with both bat and ball. Additionally, he left room for flexibility by choosing between Washington Sundar and Axar Patel based on the conditions.

Further, Kuldeep Yadav, was chosen as the specialist spinner. The wrist-spin maestro has the ability to turn the ball both ways and deceive batters, which is a valuable asset in the middle overs. More importantly, in the recent few clashes, Rohit has event tried Kuldeep in the death overs, which means that India are exploring the option of giving the chinaman a chance to perform in the death.

Pace Battery: Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj

Chopra’s selection for the pace department included two fiery pacers – Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj. Bumrah’s accuracy and ability to bowl yorkers at will make him a potent weapon in the death overs, while Siraj’s ability to generate pace and seam movement can trouble any batting lineup. Both pacers have been super impressive with their consistency in the 50-over format and will act as a crucial asset for Team India.

The countdown to the ODI World Cup 2023 has begun, and cricket aficionados worldwide are gearing up for a thrilling spectacle that promises to deliver unforgettable moments, fierce rivalries, and, of course, a champion team. As fans, let’s relish the anticipation and look forward to the cricketing extravaganza that lies ahead.

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Aakash Chopra’s India XI for Australia clash in ODI World Cup 2023:

Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar/Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

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