The countdown to the ODI World Cup 2023 has begun, and cricket fans around the world are eagerly anticipating the grand event that will unfold in India starting from October 5. As the excitement builds, Pakistan’s legendary pacer Waqar Younis has shared his predictions for the two teams he believes will battle it out in the tournament’s final.
Waqar Younis’ cricketing legacy
A name synonymous with pace and swing, Waqar is a cricketing icon who has left an indelible mark on the sport. His illustrious career saw him represent Pakistan in 349 international matches, picking a staggering 373 wickets in ODIs and 416 wickets in Test matches. He even holds the distinction of being the youngest Pakistan Test captain, taking on this leadership role at the age of just 22 years and 15 days. With such a wealth of experience under his belt, Waqar’s predictions become even more intriguing.
Waqar leaves out Pakistan
In a recent interaction with Star Sports, Waqar boldly predicted the ODI World Cup 2023 finalists but left out his own home country, Pakistan. The omission of Babar Azam-led side from Waqar’s pick didn’t surprise many as he was even quoted terming the Pakistan cricket team weak a few days back.
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Waqar’s predictions for the two finalists of the ODI World Cup 2023
India stands tall as one of Waqar’s top picks. They have previously clinched the ODI World Cup title twice and boast a rich cricketing heritage. As hosts of the 2023 World Cup, India will enjoy the invaluable advantage of playing on home turf. This home advantage often proves to be a game-changer, as the passionate Indian cricket fans come out in full force to support their team.
Furthermore, India’s team is laden with world-class players who have consistently delivered on the international stage. With a potent mix of seasoned veterans and talented youngsters, they possess the skills and experience required to go all the way. Waqar’s prediction of India making it to the final is not only a nod to their past successes but also a testament to their formidable cricketing prowess.
The 51-year-old also included the defending ODI World Cup champions, England, in his list of finalists for the 2023 edition. England’s white-ball cricket resurgence in recent years has been nothing short of remarkable. They have transformed into a formidable force in the limited-overs format, and their aggressive style of play has earned them accolades and fans worldwide.
The defending champions boast a squad brimming with match-winners who can change the course of a game in an instant. Their fearless approach to the game, ability to adapt to different conditions, and a never-say-die attitude make them a force to be reckoned with. England’s track record in white-ball cricket and their determination to retain their title in India makes them a strong contender to reach the finals, according to Waqar’s prediction.
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