World Cup 2023: Adam Gilchrist names his four favourites to lift the trophy

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Former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist has named his four potential semi-finalists for the World Cup 2023. Gilchrist a World Cup winner himself said that he sees India, Pakistan, England and Australia could line up as the favourites to lift the trophy. The teams are set to arrive in India later in September for the premier ICC tournament, which begins on October 5. Defending champions England have been shaping up well and have recently defeated New Zealand 3-1 in a 4-match ODI series.

“I think India and Pakistan could feature, Australia and England are another two teams,” Gilchrist told the press in a promotional event at Ahmedabad.

Gilchrist is hopeful that Australia, five-time champions, will do well in India, where they won a bilateral series 2-1 in March 2023. Australia are coming off a 3-2 loss against the Proteas away from home where they failed to close the series despite being 2-0 up after the first two games.

“Australia will learn a lot from their efforts in South Africa when they come to India. They have got three games before the World Cup against India. So, they will have a bit more of a full-strength squad there, that might tell us a bit about where they are at,” Gilchrist said about the Australian team.

“Adam Zampa, in South Africa, was at the receiving end a little bit but it’s different conditions out here in India with different pitches and he is a world-class spin bowler, and he has shown that particularly across T20 cricket, and now he gets his chance in the 50-over World Cup. So it’s a very knowledgeable group and they are going to have to use all that experience against batting line-ups across the globe and play without fear,” he further added.

Australia are struggling at the moment with injuries to several players. Captain Pat Cummins, Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell are set to return from injuries in the 3-match series against India, while Travis Head has been ruled out till the first half of the World Cup after breaking his finger.

Last time Australia played in India, opener David Warner was dropped down to the middle order due to lack of form. Gilchrist said that he was not a fan of that and said that Warner should be able to cash-in on his form from South Africa.

“He [Warner] looked really good in South Africa for the most part of what he did,” he said.

“I think he has got to bat at the top, there has been some sort of discussions that he bats down the middle order but I think he has got to open. He showed in South Africa a couple of times that he is [as] aggressive and dominant at the top of the order as he has ever been. So, I think they bring with him a lot of experience and a lot of confidence, and I think he should play at the top of the order for Australia and if he plays really well then our opposition will fear that,” the former cricketer concluded.

Edited By:

Kingshuk Kusari

Published On:

Sep 19, 2023

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