India is ready to host the ICC ODI World Cup in October and November, aiming to end its trophy drought, which began in 2013. The team has already suffered two setbacks under skipper Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid, losing to England in the T20 World Cup 2022 semifinals and being defeated by Australia in the World Test Championship final earlier this year.
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Sourav Ganguly, the former captain of India, emphasized the importance of returning to winning ways and staying ready for any scenario at the ODI World Cup. Ganguly recalled India’s victories in Australia and the tie Test series in England but emphasized that the team had lost to both opponents at the ICC competitions. He believes India has a strong team and a good chance, but before the ICC World Cup23, they must resume their winning ways.
The harsh “WC” message from Saurav Ganguly to Rohit and Dravid
When discussing Team India’s planning for the 2023 World Cup, Sourav Ganguly wasn’t afraid to use blunt language.
India is having its eyes on the ODI World Cup
India has its sights set on the ODI World Cup, which will take place on home soil in October and November of this year. The team has yet to win an ICC trophy; the last one it won was the Champions Trophy, which India won in 2013 while MS Dhoni was captain.
ICC Trophy drought
The stakes are exceedingly high because India is hosting the World Cup, which adds to the strain on skipper Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid. Under their direction, India has already suffered two setbacks in its attempt to end their trophy drought.
They lost to England in the T20 World Cup 2022 semifinals, and they were soundly defeated by Australia by 209 runs in the World Test Championship final earlier this year.
India’s performance in high-pressure conditions
There are worries that India could crumble under the stress of such strain, especially at home. Sourav Ganguly, the former captain of India who was also the BCCI president when Rohit and Dravid started their term in current positions, made an important observation about the team’s performance under pressure.
“Return to its winning ways”: Ganguly
Although Saurav Ganguly recalled India’s victories in Australia and the tie Test series in England, he insisted that the team had lost to both opponents at the ICC competitions. At the ODI World Cup, the India team must “return to its winning ways” and stay ready for any scenario, insisted the former India captain.
Saurav Ganguly’s remark
“Is #TeamIndia preferred because the World Cup is getting held in India, or as we’re battling with conviction and power, @virendersehwag?” Yes, we defeated Australia in Australia and tied England in a series, but we fell short against them in crucial matches. I believe we have a strong team and a good chance, but before the #ICCworldCup23, we do need to resume our winning ways, Ganguly wrote.
In the middle of the Asia Cup, India’s team faced some difficult obstacles before beginning their World Cup campaign. After advancing from the group stage with a win over Nepal and a dismissed match against Pakistan, India will kick off their Super Four campaign on Sunday with another clash against Babar Azam’s Pakistan.