The World Cup is finally back after a gap of four long years, this time in the subcontinent. It is the first time that the whole tournament will be played in India alone. Last year, the tournament was played in England, and the home team emerged victorious.
The hosts, India, and the Kangaroos, Australia, will be kicking off their campaign in the 2023 edition of the World Cup with a match against each other, which is expected to be a thrilling clash where the two most probable teams to lift the World Cup will face off against each other.
The match will be played in the hot and humid conditions of the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, where the pitch is predicted to be spin-friendly and might have a lot of purchase in it for the spinners. The game will begin at 2:00 p.m. IST on Sunday, October 8, 2023, between two giants of world cricket. The top bookmakers in India have great World Cup odds with them.
Gill has been in sensational form this year, having already scored five ODI centuries
The betting tip is...
Shubman Gill to score 49.5+ runs
The hosts are looking in great shape before the tournament, and it would be the story of the tournament if they failed to make the semis. The playing 11 of India is more or less fixed, with one or two positions in doubt in the team.
The top three are surely going to be Gill, Rohit, and Kohli. One of Shreyas Iyer or Ishan Kishan will bat at 4, whereas KL Rahul will don the gloves and bat at 5, in all likelihood. Gill has been in sensational form this year, having already scored five ODI centuries. Pandya and Jadeja will be the two all-rounders at 6 and 7.
Since the match is in Chennai, Ravi Ashwin will probably be a part of the team along with Kuldeep Yadav. Bumrah and Siraj will be the two fast bowlers.
Ravi Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav are likely to be two spinners India go with in this match.
Predicted Lineup: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Siraj, and Jasprit Bumrah
The Australians recently played a three-match ODI series against India, where everything seemed to fall apart for them in the first two matches, but the third match answered a lot of questions for them. Their performance in the warm-up game against Pakistan was also top-notch.
Warner and Marsh will open the innings for them, with Smith and Labuschagne at 3 and 4. Glenn Maxwell and Cameron Green will be the all-rounders, with Carey at seven. Zampa, along with Starc, Hazelwood, and Cummins, is going to be the bowling attack of the Kangaroos.
Australia are going to play their strongest XI as their whole squad is fully fit.
Predicted Lineup: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood, and Adam Zampa
Conquering India on their home turf is a huge challenge that few teams can muster, and Australia is undeniably one of them. Thus, brace yourself for an electrifying showdown. Evaluating the present form of the players and the teams on paper, it's evident that we're in for a nerve-wracking contest, with both sides leaving nothing on the table in their pursuit of victory.
For India Shubman Gill can be a game-changes as he is in form of his life while for Australia David Warner will be the man to watch-out for.
Considering the pitch conditions in Chennai, which are poised to favour spinners, a forte of the Indian team, all signs point to a captivating encounter. As the anticipation builds, we expect India to win in their inaugural World Cup fixture.