Obstacles for IND’s World Cup win: While the Pakistan veteran conceded that India is the favorite to win the World Cup, he also mentioned two variables that could prevent them from doing so.

“India’s Strong ODI World Cup Prospects and Concerns Highlighted by a Pakistan Batting Legend.”

Team India has been ticking all the right boxes heading into the 2023 ODI World Cup. The Men in Blue haven’t won an ICC trophy since 2013, but the team has been deemed a title favorite, in home conditions, having last lifted the elusive title in the 50-over format in India in 2011. And the expectations have risen with the Indian side perfectly timing their Asia Cup title haul before beating Australia twice in two games in the ODI series last week, with a game still to go. However, a Pakistan batting legend has outlined a “terrible” flaw in India’s World Cup preparations citing the issue during the team’s 99-run win against Australia in the rain-marred second ODI in Indore.

India’s terrible batting against Australia

The batters put on a stunning show on Sunday at the Holkar Stadium where Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer scored their respective tons. Before skipper KL Rahul smashed a fifty and Suryakumar Yadav put on a blitzkrieg knock.

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In response to the target of 400, Prasidh Krishna sparked an early breakthrough with twin dismissals with the new ball in consecutive deliveries before Ashwin ended the 80-run stand between David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne with a quick three-wicket haul to send Australia five down.

Saeed Anwar’s Concerns About India’s ODI World Cup Chances: Obstacles to IND’s World Cup Win

While he admitted that India is the favorite to lift the ODI World Cup title for the third time, adding to their 1983 and 2011 glory, he outlined two factors that could also prevent them. Anwar picked the shorter boundaries as one of the factors and India’s death bowling as another.

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Anwar pointed out the issue by highlighting Sean Abbot’s 35-ball 54 scored between overs 19 and 29 in the rain-marred game which was reduced to 33 overs.

Since the start of 2023, when India has played 20 matches in the ODI format, the team has recorded an economy rate of 7.82 in the death overs (41-50). Among the 10 participants in the 2023 World Cup, India’s figure is only better than New Zealand (7.91) and South Africa (7.89). England (6.74) has the best economy rate in the death overs.

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