Ricky Ponting, the former Australia cricket great, expressed his belief that Team India is a formidable contender in the ICC World Cup 2023 and will be a tough side to beat. He commended India’s ability to perform well under extreme pressure. India began their World Cup campaign impressively with convincing wins against Australia, Afghanistan, and arch-rival Pakistan. They are aiming for their third Cricket World Cup title, having won previously in 1983 and 2011.

Ponting mentioned that India has a talented team with all aspects of the game covered, including fast bowling, spin, and a strong top and middle-order batting lineup. He emphasized that they are the team to beat in the tournament but also noted that their ability to handle pressure will be a crucial factor in their success.

“They’re going to be extremely hard to beat. But we’ll see how they hold up under extreme pressure as well,” Ponting stated. In their match against arch-rivals Pakistan, India secured a dominant seven-wicket victory, with a remarkable performance that saw Pakistan losing eight wickets for just 36 runs. Rohit Sharma’s outstanding 86 played a pivotal role in India’s triumph. Indian bowlers, including Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav, made significant contributions to trigger Pakistan’s collapse after Mohammed Siraj had taken the crucial wicket of Babar Azam.

India skipper Rohit Sharma spoke about the need to move forward, maintain the balance not get “too excited” as the World Cup campaign is not a short affair. “I will keep my fingers crossed. We don’t want to get too excited and also not get too low as well. It is a long tournament, nine league games and then the semis and final. Just have to keep the balance and go forward. I have said it before, for us it was an opposition [Pakistan] we wanted to play. Every opposition we come against they can beat you. We have to be good on that particular day. The past and future does not matter,” Rohit stated in the post-match presentation.

With three consecutive victories in the World Cup, Team India was scheduled to face Bangladesh at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune, continuing their quest for the World Cup title.


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