The ODI World Cup 2023 is a few months away with defending champions England set to face previous year’s finalists New Zealand in a rematch for the opener. As such, the skipper and one of the main architects in England’s win in the previous edition, Eoin Morgan, picked his favourites for the upcoming edition.
“When it comes to the business end of the tournament, I have no doubt England will be there, I have no doubt India will be there. And the other teams I would probably see potentially lifting the trophy are Australia and Pakistan, two very very strong teams, and two contenders when it comes to big competitions. They have a lot of talent to work with. Playing cricket in India, particularly the 50-over format, you need to have all bases covered, and I would say those teams do,” Morgan said in an interview with WION.
‘Home advantage is quite a key thing’ – Eoin Morgan
He went on to comment on Team India’s preparations for the World Cup named them favourites for this year’s edition. “They’re an excellent cricket team that I believe will be favourites going into the World Cup. You don’t have to rewind the clock back that far when MS Dhoni was captain back in 2011, and that magical moment for all Indian fans when he hit that ball over long-on for six, and India lifted the trophy,” Morgan opined.
“Home advantage is quite a key thing, but if you were to advise anything you would say engage with the people who were there, and were leaders throughout that journey, and pick their brain. The likes of Virat Kohli played in that team and has first-hand experience of what it is like. It is going to be a hell of a tournament that I am looking forward to,” he further added.
Morgan, who is currently participating in the ZimAfro T10 League in Zimbabwe also spoke about their final rivals New Zealand. “The team I led is actually very similar to Kane and his team, and they were finalists back in 2015 beaten by Australia, and finalists at Lord’s. The level of consistency they showed in performance, but also the level of humility and respect they play the game with is something we admired as a team and strived to achieve,” he said.
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Khwab dikha ra hai bhai khai buttler na utha ra ho trophy😂🤣
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future India coach.
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aus vs eng final is possible. india will choke as usual in semifinal.
— ratneepsmile (@ratneep1) August 2, 2023
yakeen kro bhai isbar hme semi finals ki bhi umeed ni h inse
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