As the 2023 ODI World Cup gets underway, England will be keen to defend their title after winning it by the narrowest of margins in 2019. Despite not being in England’s World Cup squad, Stuart Broad is confident in the England team’s ability to move on. the distance in the tournament. However, the team he probably fears most is Rohit Sharma’s Indian side. Broad admitted that if India bring their best game to the table, it will be very difficult to stop them.
“If England manage to retain their World Cup title it will be a phenomenal effort, but my overriding feeling is that if India play their perfect tournament they will be very difficult to stop. Jos Buttler certainly has the team to challenge .with the ability to post big totals, but I just think India, as hosts and the top-ranked ODI side, will be a hugely difficult proposition,” Broad wrote in a column on Daily Mail.
“Unlike England. Without sounding like I’m giving them excuses, to be honest they have a pretty tough draw. They don’t play two matches at the same venue, but travel from city to city. Others have the luxury of are able to book a week somewhere and play two matches. They don’t do that,” the former England pacer further said.
Broad also gave his predictions for the semi-finalists. He thinks Pakistan and England would be there next to India. For the 4th team, Brod went in favor of New Zealand over Australia.
“As for the other semi-finalists? Pakistan will be a threat. Their bowling is full of natural wicket-takers and is their huge strength. In players like Babar Azam they have some high quality batsmen, but Haris Rauf and Shaheen Shah Afridi can blow opponents away,” the 37-year-old further said.
“Then I’d probably say New Zealand over Australia. Why? Because New Zealand are the ultimate tournament team. Put their team sheets side by side and you always lean towards the Aussies with Steve Smith, David Warner, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, but New -Zeeland just finds a way,” Broad concluded.
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