As the cricketing world braces for the highly anticipated ICC World Cup 2023 final between India and Australia, former cricketers and pundits are overwhelmingly tipping India as the absolute favorites to lift the coveted trophy. With the final set to take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on November 19, expectations are soaring for a thrilling contest between two cricketing powerhouses.
India‘s impressive performance throughout the tournament, marked by an unbeaten streak and a flawless run, has firmly positioned them as the team to beat in the final. Rohit Sharma and his team have displayed exceptional form, setting the stage for what promises to be an epic clash against Australia.
Former Australian cricketer Tom Moody has assigned the underdog tag to the Australian side ahead of the ICC World Cup 2023 final. Expressing a belief in the team’s ability to embrace this position comfortably, Moody highlighted the unique scenario where all the pressure rests on India to deliver their high-octane performance on the grand stage. With 130,000 fans eagerly anticipating the showdown, Moody anticipates a sensational final. His comments suggest a keen awareness of the uncharacteristic underdog role for Australia, setting the stage for a compelling clash in the World Cup final.
Tom Moody said
“It’s not often that you associate the underdog tag with an Australian side, I feel this would sit comfortably. All pressure is on India to deliver their high octane game on the big stage in front of 130k adoring fans. We’re in for a sensational final that’s for sure!#CWC23Final“
Former Australia cricketer Shane Watson expressed his confidence in India, labeling them as the clear favorites for the finals. He highlighted India’s incredible cricket in Ahmedabad, emphasizing the team’s peak performance under pressure.
Ian Bishop echoed Watson’s sentiments, stating that he is more confident in India’s all-around performance. He commended India’s batting, which has clicked at various points in the tournament, and the composed bowling unit.
Former Australia skipper
, although acknowledging the strength of India, expressed a personal conflict with his heart favoring Australia while his head leans towards India. He recognized India’s impeccable cricket and strength in all departments.
Imran Tahir and Gautam Gambhir both leaned heavily towards India, citing the brand of cricket India has played throughout the tournament. Tahir highlighted India’s advantage and dominance, suggesting that Australia has struggled to match India’s level of play.
Irfan Pathan, another former cricketer, predicted India’s victory, emphasizing the home advantage and the exceptional form of Indian players. He believed that India would finish the campaign by securing the World Cup.
Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly joined the chorus of support for India, expressing his confidence in the team’s unbelievable form. He extended his best wishes to the Indian team, emphasizing the need to play the final with the same intensity displayed in previous games.
However, cricket legend Steve Waugh provided a contrasting view, claiming that Australia has been terrific so far. He highlighted the potential achievement for Australian cricketer Pat Cummins if they secure the trophy.