Team India's victory in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup was a historic and momentous achievement for Indian cricket and its fans. The tournament was co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, and it marked India's second World Cup victory, with the previous win coming in 1983.
The victory sparked widespread celebrations across the country. The Indian team, led by Dhoni, lifted the World Cup trophy at the Wankhede Stadium amidst emotional scenes. It has been 12 years, Team India is still waiting to lift their third World Cup trophy. However, this year, it is another chance for Team India under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma.
Cricket is not just a sport in India; it's a passion and a way of life for millions of people. The World Cup captures the attention of the entire nation, and winning it is a dream come true for both players and fans. While Test cricket is considered the pinnacle of the sport, the World Cup provides a platform for excelling in the limited-overs format.
A World Cup victory demonstrates India's proficiency in different forms of the game. Indian cricket fans will be waiting for Men in Blue to lift the trophy again and create history for the third time.
Here are a few similarities between the 2011 ODI World Cup and the 2023 World Cup. Cricket betting sites have World Cup odds with them.
1) Shakib Al Hasan – Skipper of Bangladesh Cricket Team
Shakib Al Hasan is widely regarded as one of the legendary cricketers from Bangladesh and a true cricketing icon. His contributions to Bangladesh cricket, both as an all-rounder and as a leader, have been remarkable. During the 2011 ODI World Cup, Shakib Al Hasan led the team and this year as well he will be leading the team and is expected for the last time.
During the 2011 run, Shakib failed to take his team beyond the group stage but it has been 12 years since then and Bangladesh has significantly improved as a cricketing nation and will be expected to reach new heights during the tournament.
2) India Facing Defending Champions in the Warm-up Round
Even though Team India has not won the World Cup in 12 years, they have maintained the quality of cricket in the international circuit. Team India is still considered one of the strongest teams and they are always a contender to lift the most prestigious trophy.
During the 2011 World Cup, India faced Australia – who were the defending champions, during the warm-up round and this year as well team India will be facing another defending champion – England, during the warm-up round.
3) Netherlands qualified for the 2011 WC and the 2023 World Cup
The Netherlands has been playing cricket since the 19th century. They have qualified for the Cricket World Cup on four occasions, in 1996, 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2023. This year, the Netherlands reached the final match of the ICC World Cup qualifier tournament and qualified for the ODI World Cup.
They faced Sri Lanka in the final game but lost the fixture unfortunately. However, they won’t be worried about the loss, instead, the team will be preparing for the World Cup tournament.
4) England enters the ODI World Cup as defending champions of the T20 World Cup
We can say that it's the biggest similarity or a coincidence that both times, England entered the tournament as the T20 World Cup Champions. In 2010, England defeated Australia in the T20 World Cup final and in 2022, the English squad defeated Pakistan in the final match to lift the trophy again.
However, England has shown some inconsistency in the ODI format but when it comes to the ICC Tournaments, they are one of the strongest teams in the world.