The cricketing world is abuzz with excitement as the ODI World Cup 2023 is poised to kick off on October 5 in India. The grand tournament will commence with defending champions England locking horns with New Zealand in the opening match, setting the stage for an action-packed cricketing spectacle.
As the host nation, India are gearing up to embark on their quest for ODI World Cup glory. Rohit Sharma‘s Men in Blue will play their first game in the tournament on October 8 when they take on Australia at the iconic MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. India enter the competition as the top-ranked ODI team globally and carry the hopes of a cricket-crazy nation eager to end a decade-long wait for an ICC trophy.
The Game Changers – Yuvraj and Gambhir weigh in
In a team brimming with cricketing superstars, the question arises: who are the potential game changers for India in this edition of the ODI World Cup? Legendary Indian cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir, both known for their significant contributions to India’s cricketing legacy, were asked to share their insights.
Yuvraj Singh’s interesting choices
While many anticipated Yuvraj to select popular names like Rohit and Virat Kohli as game changers, the 2011 World Cup hero surprised everyone with his picks. Yuvi identified two pacers and an all-rounder as his top game changers for Team India.
“Three game changers, definitely Jasprit Bumrah, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja; I believe he has that experience, aur teesra (and the third) I think Mohammed Siraj, the way he has been bowling early, So I think ye teen ladke (these three boys),” Yuvraj disclosed during an event hosted by Harsha Bhogle.
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Gambhir agrees with Yuvraj
Gambhir, echoed Yuvraj’s selections and picked Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj as his top game changers. However, he added a familiar name to the mix, selecting Indian skipper Rohit as his third game changer.
“Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit Sharma, and Mohammad Siraj. Rohit Sharma isliye bhi kyuki wickets aapko aisi milne waali hai, jaha apko bahut achi batting wickets milegi aur Rohit Sharma jis tarike ki form mein hai, I am sure kaafi runs karenge (Rohit Sharma also because you are going to get such wickets, where you will get very good batting wickets and the kind of form Rohit Sharma is in, I am sure he will score a lot of runs),” Gambhir explained.
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