Irfan Pathan has made a bold prediction for his selection as a finalist in the 2023 World Cup. Contrary to popular sentiment, Pathan left out three of the tournament favorites England, Australia, and Pakistan for his selection for the team that will reach the summit clash and face India on November 19 in Ahmedabad.
- Irfan Pathan predicts a surprise name to reach the World cup final
- Irfan Pathan admitted that India will face this team in the summit clash
- Pathan left Australia, England, and Pakistan
With less than a week left for the 2023 World Cup to begin, excitement is building in the cricket fraternity for the quadrennial event, which will take place in India from October 5 to November 19. to lift the trophy while 10 of the best teams are scheduled to compete on Indian soil for the mega event.
Various cricket experts from around the world have predicted that India, Australia, England, and Pakistan are the favorites to lift the trophy. In a segment on Star Sports, most have picked one of these four teams to play each other in the final, with the Rohit Sharma-led team being the pick of most cricket analysts to make the final of the 2023 World Cup, which will take place . at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on November 19.
However, Irfan Pathan went for a left-field pick to play the big match and left Australia, England, and Pakistan out of the picks. However, former Indian pacer-backed South Africa will reach the summit clash and play India in the encounter.
In the same programme, other experts chose their choice for the two finalists, and 11 out of 12 former cricketers had India as one of their picks, apart from Australia 2021 T20 World Cup-winning captain Aaron Finch. India vs England is the most preferred encounter. England are the defending champions of the tournament, beating New Zealand in a dramatic final to lift the trophy on soil in 2019. The Jos Buttler-led side also won the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia last year.
Jacques Kallis: IND vs ENG
Chris Gayle – IND vs PAK
Shane Watson – IND vs AUS
Dinesh Karthik – IND vs PAK
Faf Du Plessis – IND vs AUS/NZ
Waqar Younis – IND vs ENG
Dale Steyn – IND vs ENG
Irfan Pathan- IND vs SA
Murali Karthik – IND vs PAK
Sanjay Manjrekar – IND vs AUS
Piyush Chawla – IND vs ENG
Aaron Finch – AUS vs. on
India will open their campaign on October 8 against Australia in Chennai. The first match of the tournament will be a repeat of the last edition between England and New Zealand in Ahmedabad on October 5. India and Pakistan will face each other on October 14 in Ahmedabad.