With just under a month left for the world’s grandest cricket spectacle, ODI World Cup 2023 to begin, all participating teams are diligently preparing for the event set to unfold in India. The host nation, India, is currently engrossed in the Asia Cup 2023, which is also in the 50-overs format. This will help the players prepare for the demands of the format.

Yuvraj expresses concerns about Team India’s potential

Nonetheless, India’s recent displays have been subjected to close examination, especially their aptitude for handling high-pressure situations in crucial matches. Yuvraj Singh, the former Indian all-rounder and a prominent figure from the 2011 World Cup winning squad, voiced concerns about the team’s ability to thrive under pressure. He conveyed these thoughts via a post on X (previously known as Twitter), emphasizing the desires of fans for an encore of India’s triumph in the 2011 ICC World Cup.

“We all want a repeat of 2011 in #ICCWorldCup23 BUT In 2011 #TeamIndia shined under pressure. In 2023, Again, the team is under pressure to perform. Do we have enough time to turn this around? Can we use this pressure to become a ‘Game changer’,” Yuvraj wrote.

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Virender Sehwag addresses Yuvraj’s concerns

In response, Virender Sehwag, a former teammate of Yuvraj , expressed a confident stance. He emphasized that India not only handles pressure effectively but also exerts pressure on their opponents. Sehwag pointed out the remarkable feat of host nations winning the World Cup in the last three editions.

“Ayi baat pressure ki, toh iss bar hum pressure lenge nahi, denge! Like champions! (When it comes to pressure, we won’t take it but we will give it to the opposition),” 2011 – We won at Home. 2015 – Australia won in Australia. 2019 = England won in England. 2023 – Hum Toofan Machayenge!,” Sehwag wrote.

India to solely host the extravaganza event

This year, India holds the honour of hosting the 50-over World Cup as the sole host for the first time and for the third time overall. It stands as one of the most monumental events on India’s cricketing calendar, commencing on October 5 with a riveting clash between New Zealand and defending champions England at the illustrious Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

India’s journey in the tournament will inaugurate on October 8 in Chennai when they face off against Australia. The cricketing world is eagerly anticipating the iconic India-Pakistan encounter scheduled for October 14 in Ahmedabad, anticipated to be witnessed by a colossal crowd of over 100,000 fervent fans. The grand finale of this cricketing extravaganza will also unfold in Ahmedabad on November 19.

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