Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar shared his predictions for the semi-finalists of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, during a conversation with the ICC. This discussion took place as Tendulkar carried the trophy onto the pitch, marking the commencement of the tournament in India.
Reliving the Glory
Describing the experience of carrying the trophy as surreal, Tendulkar reminisced about a memorable quarter-final against Australia at the same venue. He expressed his excitement about returning to the same stadium after a gap of 12 years.
He also highlighted a unique trend that has emerged since 2011 – every host nation has won the tournament. With India hosting the current World Cup, Tendulkar is hopeful of a repeat of the 2011 triumph.
India’s Prospects at CWC23
Tendulkar expressed confidence in the Indian team’s ability to replicate their 2011 success. He believes that the team’s strong performance, combined with their adherence to the basics of the game, gives them a strong chance. He praised the team’s robust batting line-up, all-round bowling attack, and overall balance.
Tendulkar’s Semi-Final Predictions
According to Tendulkar, India is a sure-shot semi-finalist, thanks to their balanced team. He also named Australia as a strong contender, citing their well-rounded team. England, with their mix of experienced players and fresh faces, is his third pick. Lastly, he chose New Zealand, given their consistent performance in world championships, including reaching the finals in 2015 and 2019.
Initial Tournament Performances
The tournament has started on a promising note for New Zealand, one of Tendulkar’s picks, as they defeated England by nine wickets in the opening match. England, another of his choices, has some ground to cover, despite having made it to the final four in 2019 and eventually winning the tournament.