Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir who had been part of the 2007 T20I World Cup and 2011 ODI World Cup winning team has shared his opinion on the for Rohit Sharma and company to win the trophy. As per Gambhir’s view, the crucial moment for India’s World Cup aspirations lies in the opening match against the formidable Australian team which is set to take place on October 8th at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
The left-handed batter played an important role in India’s World Cup victory and said that India beat Australia in the semifinal of the 2007 T20I World Cup, on the other hand, in the 2011 ODI World Cup, it was Australia which had a clash against India in the quarter-final of the game.
“Look, I have always said this, and there is no doubt in this, that if you want to win the World Cup, then you have to beat Australia. In 2007 when we won the World Cup, we defeated Australia in the semifinal. In 2011 when we won the World Cup, we beat Australia in the quarterfinal. Australia is the strongest team in any ICC tournament,” Gambhir said on Star Sports Star Cast expert show ‘Mission World Cup’.
The ODI World Cup 2023 is going to commence on October 5 where the defending champion England will take on New Zealand at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. Currently, all the teams are giving the final touch to their preparation for the upcoming 50-over game.
Not to forget, India and Australia will play their first match in the ICC ODI World Cup on October 8 at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
Currently, both the teams are up to each other for a three-match ODI series. The first game of the tournament happened on September 22 where men in blue beat the Aussies by five wickets, taking a lead of 1-0.