2023 ODI World Cup: If These 2 Players Shine, Australia Will Lift The Trophy; Opines Ricky Ponting

The 2023 ODI World Cup is all set to happen in India this year. The tentative date for the commencement of this event has been decided as 15th November, but the official announcement from the ICC is still awaited.

The World is happening in India after 12 years. It was the year 2011 when India organized the ODI World Cup along with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. All the teams are preparing for this big event in full swing and meanwhile, the former Australian captain has named 2 players who could be the key for the Aussies, if they have to lift the trophy.

The former captain of the Australian cricket team Ricky Ponting has come with two key players who he believes will play a crucial role in Australia’s performance at the 2023 World Cup in India. According to Ponting, if Australia aims to win their sixth 50-over World Cup title this year they need to rely on the potential of Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa.

Mitchell Starc has been the highest wicket-taker in the previous two ODI World Cup tournaments. During Australia’s 2015 campaign at their home, Starc played a crucial role in their success and grabbed a total of 22 wickets in eight matches with an impressive average of 10.18.

Adam Zampa has also been a valuable player for the Australian team, particularly during the middle overs. In 2022, he was Australia’s highest wicket-taker in ODIs.

While speaking on the latest episode of the ICC Review, Ponting said, “It’s the overall package of Mitchell Starc. He’s six-foot-five, bowls in the high 140 km per hour, he’s a left-arm and he swings the new ball back in as Suryakumar found out. When he’s on song, he’s as good as anyone in the world and has been for a long time. For lots of strange reasons, there have always been people willing to sit back and take potshots at Mitchell Starc for some of his performances. But if you have a cold hard look at the facts, particularly in white-ball cricket, his numbers are absolutely outstanding.”

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He termed Adam Zampa as the trump card in the upcoming edition of the ODI World Cup.

Ponting said, “He’s probably been Australia’s key bowler in all white-ball cricket for a long time, along with Mitchell Starc. Starc has been great but Adam Zampa for four or five years now has been a real revelation. He’s been the backbone of the Australian bowling attack which probably led to him being a little bit disappointed not to be picked on a Test tour to India. For a leg-spinner to become a very, very consistent performer, it’s very rare that teams get on top of him and get hold of him. He’s going to be one of Australia’s trump cards for sure.”

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