July 20, 2024
World Cup Captains Confident of Victory as Tournament Opens in Ahmedabad

World Cup Captains Confident of Victory as Tournament Opens in Ahmedabad

World Cup Captains Confident of Victory as Tournament Opens in Ahmedabad

The captains of all ten teams competing in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 have expressed confidence in their team’s chances of success ahead of the tournament opener between India and South Africa on October 5 in Ahmedabad.Indian Cricket Team for ICC men's cricket world cup

 

India skipper Rohit Sharma said that winning the World Cup was a childhood dream for him and that he is confident his team can achieve it on home soil.

“I have said it from the start, you know, every leader sitting here wants to achieve something really special for their country. It is something that is very highly prized; the 50-Over World Cup is something that I have always dreamt of growing up as a child, and I am sure it is the same for all the guys sitting here as well,” Rohit said.

Australian Cricket Team

Australia captain Pat Cummins is also confident in his team’s chances of winning the World Cup for the seventh time.

“We have a very strong team, with a good balance of batting and bowling. We also have a lot of experience in playing in big tournaments,” Cummins said.

England’s Quest for Back-to-Back World Cup Titles

England captain Jos Buttler said that his team will continue to play the attacking cricket that helped them claim their first World Cup title at home in 2019.

“The team’s been mainly together for a long time since 2015, since the start of that sort of revolution that you mentioned, and I think you said right through the game. Now in England, young players coming through play a certain way and are determined to carry on the style, and I think we know it gives us the best chance of success,” Buttler said.

Afghanistan cricket team for World Cup 2023

Afghanistan captain Hashmatullah Shahidi is also confident about his team’s chances, especially given the conditions in India.

“As said before, we will have more crowd and more support, we are expecting the same that the people will come there and support us in the stadium. And we have very good quality spinners and the condition is suitable for us, and that will be with us and also with the batting. I believe in this World Cup, we will give a statement about the batting. That we can do very good. Play very good cricket,” Shahidi said.

The Bangladesh Cricket Team: A Dream for the Nation

Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan is also confident about his team’s prospects on the back of their performance in the ICC Men’s ODI Cricket World Cup Super League.

“I think we have prepared well. If we talk about the last four years since the 2019 World Cup, we are probably the third or fourth team in the qualifiers’ point system. So, we have done really well as a group; now it’s time for us to put on a good show. Our team is ready, and the country is expecting a little more than what we did previously,” Shakib said.

The South Africa Cricket Team

South Africa captain Temba Bavuma said that his team is well-equipped to handle the conditions in India.

“I think that’s something that is relevant to all the teams. A lot of the teams have guys who played in India, have done well in India, so I wouldn’t really say it’s an advantage for us. I think all we could do is for the guys who have that experience and knowledge; they can share it among the team or use it in terms of our strategies and plans. But I wouldn’t really say it’s an advantage unique to us as a team,” Bavuma said.

Sri Lanka cricket team

Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka is also looking forward to making a statement at the World Cup, despite leading an injury-riddled side.

“See, exciting times for us. We have been struggling a lot in the recent past with injuries, but at the same time, we have some good records with us. You know, as a group, we are looking forward to the World Cup. Everyone wants to make a statement that we are here to perform well in this tournament,” Shanaka said.

New Zealand Cricket Team

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is also confident about his team’s chances, despite having lost the last two World Cup finals.

“As you mentioned, you come to another event, and everybody certainly starts from the same position and starts again, and you go from tournament to tournament, teams change, opposition conditions,”

Williamson noted. “For us, it’s focusing on the style of cricket that we want to keep committing to, and that gives us the best chance of putting on our best performance.”

All ten captains are confident of success ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, and it is sure to be an exciting tournament.

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