“Sourav Ganguly Identifies Potential 2023 World Cup Semi-Finalists on His 51st Birthday”
Former Indian cricket captain, Sourav Ganguly, celebrated his 51st birthday by revealing his top picks for the semi-finalists of the upcoming 2023 World Cup in India. Ganguly, in an interview with RevSportz, named five teams that he believes have a strong chance of making it to the semi-finals. He expressed optimism about an exciting clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan at the iconic Eden Gardens stadium.
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Among the teams Ganguly mentioned were Australia, England, and India, highlighting their strong performances in previous tournaments. He also emphasized the significance of not underestimating New Zealand, known for their prowess in big matches. Ganguly further added that including Pakistan in his list of contenders would make for an enticing India-Pakistan semi-final.
Ganguly’s hope for an India-Pakistan semi-final at Eden Gardens stems from the fact that the venue is scheduled to host the second semi-final on November 16, with Mumbai hosting the other. Although India and Pakistan are slated to face each other in the league stage on October 15, Ganguly expressed his desire for a rematch in the semi-finals.
When questioned about India’s struggles in knockout matches, including their loss in the ICC World Test Championship final against Australia, Ganguly remained hopeful. He attributed the team’s occasional failures to execution rather than mental pressure, highlighting their mental strength and the abundance of talented players. Ganguly expressed confidence in India’s ability to perform well and cross the finishing line in crucial phases.
Regarding the pressure on star batsman Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid, as the World Cup approaches, Ganguly dismissed concerns. He pointed out that both individuals have previously experienced pressure and succeeded. Ganguly highlighted Rohit Sharma’s five centuries in the last ODI World Cup and acknowledged that pressure is a constant factor. As for Rahul Dravid, Ganguly mentioned that pressure has been part of his cricketing career and now as head coach, delivering results would be expected.
With Ganguly’s insights and hopes for the upcoming World Cup, fans are eagerly anticipating the exciting cricket battles that await and the potential for memorable performances from the teams involved.