“Indian team have big players but…”: Harbhajan Singh On India’s Ambition In ODI World Cup 2023

As the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 draws nearer, the excitement and expectations are mounting for the Indian cricket team. Led by Rohit Sharma, the team aims to end their decade-long drought of ICC trophies by clinching the coveted World Cup title. The tournament is set to commence on October 5, with defending champions England taking on New Zealand in Ahmedabad. India will kick off their campaign against Australia on October 8 in Chennai.

Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh has shared his insights on India’s prospects in the tournament, emphasizing the need for collective effort and stepping up as a team. Harbhajan highlighted that in the past, only one or two players from Team India have delivered during high-pressure situations. To succeed in the World Cup, he believes that every player should be able to rise to the occasion during tense moments.

“I don’t know, it’s very difficult for me to say what we had and they don’t. We played till the semi-finals in 2015 and 2019, but the ICC trophy didn’t come. The ability to punch back after absorbing the pressure has probably been seen in only one or two players. You need to play big tournaments as a team,” Harbhajan told News24 Sports.

Harbhajan stressed the importance of playing as a cohesive unit, with not just the star players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Hardik Pandya but also the rest of the team and the management working together with a shared goal. He pointed out that attention to small details, such as saving a single or executing a brilliant run-out, can make a significant difference in producing better results.

“You have Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya. They are big players but along with these three players, the rest of the eight to ten players and the team management, everyone has to walk together with the same motive,” he added.

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The legendary spinner also acknowledged the talent of the current Indian team, suggesting that they might be more skilled than the teams he was a part of. However, he emphasized that talent alone is insufficient, and the team must perform collectively to succeed in major tournaments.

Team India is preparing for the second Test of the two-match series against the West Indies, scheduled to begin on Thursday at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain. India dominated the first Test, defeating the hosts by an innings and 141 runs, with debutant Yashasvi Jaiswal impressing with a brilliant 171-run knock and Ravichandran Ashwin taking 12 wickets.

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