The ODI World Cup 2023 has undoubtedly been a spectacle of riveting moments, delivering a roller coaster ride of high-stakes clashes and remarkable individual performances. The tournament reached its pinnacle with a bittersweet ending for the formidable Indian team, as they succumbed to a disappointing six-wicket loss against Australia in the final showdown at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday.
The cricketing world was abuzz with excitement throughout the competition, witnessing the ebb and flow of intense encounters that encapsulated the essence of the sport. In the aftermath of this grand ICC event, former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan has added his insights to the cricketing discourse by unveiling his meticulously curated team of the tournament for the 13th edition of the ODI World Cup.
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- Destructive opening duo:
- Consistent middle-order:
- Reliable all-rounders:
- Dominating bowling attack:
Destructive opening duo:
Irfan chose India skipper Rohit Sharma as the captain and South African batter Quinton de Kock for the role of openers in his team, as both of the batters tan riot throughout the tournament with their explosive batting prowess.
Irfan included batting ace Virat Kohli, alongside young New Zealand sensation Rachin Ravindra and seasoned Daryl Mitchell in the middle order of his team, as all three of them have presented consistent and remarkable cricketing displays in the entire tournament, playing an instrumental role in their respective team’s campaign throughout the entire event.
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Irfan named Aussie all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and South African Marco Jansen as the all-rounders in his team. While Maxwell played a pivotal role in Australia’s sixth ODI World Cup triumph, Jansen proved himself a crucial asset in the Proteas’ journey to the semifinals.
Dominating bowling attack:
Irfan took in Gerald Coetzee, Adam Zampa, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah as the premier bowlers, and the evident reason behind this is the phenomenal bowling performances of all four players. The Vadodara-born cricketer also incuded Shreyas Iyer as the 12th man in his team.
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— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) November 20, 2023
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