India will host the 13th edition of the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2023 in October and November. Team India has adopted an aggressive approach in white-ball cricket to take advantage of the field restrictions in the first ten overs of power play. Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes that the Men in Blue will be the favourites in the ODI World Cup to be held at home later this year.
Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill added 82 runs in the first 10 overs of the third and final ODI between India and New Zealand at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Tuesday, January 24. The hosts got off to a good start, as both openers scored centuries in the match. Rohit Sharma registered his first ODI century in three years, while Gill registered his second century of the series.
India Red Hot Favorites For The World Cup – Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan has criticized India’s approach to white-ball cricket many times in the past as “old-fashioned” cricket. Vaughan believes India are a red-hot favourite for the marquee event with their new attacking approach in ODI cricket. The former England cricketer took to Twitter to express his thoughts after India got off to a flying start in the dead rubber.
“India finally committing to playing One Day Cricket in the aggressive way makes them Red hot favorites to win the men’s World Cup this year,” Vaughan wrote.
India finally committing to playing One day cricket the aggressive way makes them Red hot favourites to win the men’s World Cup this year .. #INDvNZ
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 24, 2023
Earlier, New Zealand captain Tom Latham won the toss and chose to bowl on the small ground. They made one change to their playing XI from the last match, with Jacob Duffy replacing the young bowler Henry Shipley. India rested their main bowlers, Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami, and replaced them with Yuzvendra Chahal and Umran Malik, as the series was already decided.
The Indian openers added 212 runs for the opening wickets and smashed the bowlers around the park. Both batsmen got out soon after reaching the three-figure mark. The Kiwis made a brilliant comeback with the ball, restricting India from 212/0 to 313/6. The middle-order batsmen, who started hitting the ball right from the start, failed to cash in on the platform set by the openers.