The ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 is just around the corner, with less than a week to go. Teams have already started their warm-up matches, fine-tuning their preparations for the highly anticipated cricket affair. This event holds special significance as it marks India’s first solo hosting of the ODI World Cup. Ten nations worldwide will vie for the ultimate glory, competing for the prestigious World Cup trophy.

In the opening match on October 5, the defending champions England will face off against New Zealand in Ahmedabad, setting the stage for an exciting tournament.

On October 6, Pakistan will kick off their campaign in Hyderabad, taking on the Netherlands, who have qualified for the tournament. India will begin their quest for the World Cup on October 8, facing Australia in a high-stakes encounter in Chennai.

Amidst the escalating cricketing excitement surrounding the grand ICC event, several veteran players, including cricket legends like Chris Gayle and Jacques Kallis, have been actively sharing their predictions regarding the potential semi-finalists and finalists for the forthcoming tournament. Adding to the chorus of opinions is former Indian cricketer Yusuf Pathan, who shared his insights and forecasts for the event.

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Yusuf Pathan’s four semifinalists

From his viewpoint, Yusuf named India, England, Australia, and Pakistan, four potential semi-finalists for the ODI World Cup 2023.

Watching this World Cup closely and backing our #TeamIndia  all the way! My top four picks for the semi finals are India, England, Australia, and Pakistan. Some exciting cricket ahead!  #WorldCup #TopFour,” the 40-year-old tweeted. 

Yusuf’s Illustrious Career

Notably, Yusuf was part of the MS Dhoni-led Indian side, which won the 2007 T20I World Cup and the 2011 ODI World Cup. The right-handed batter played a pivotal role in these historic campaigns, contributing significantly to India’s triumphs on the global cricketing stage.

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