'This Indian Team Will Beat Australia 95 Times Out Of 100': Stuart Broad
Team India are playing final against AUS (AP Photo)
Former England cricketer Stuart Broad has expressed his desire for Team India to emerge victorious in the World Cup 2023 final, set to take place in Ahmedabad on Sunday. In the illustrious history of cricket rivalries, few have been as intense as the one between India and Australia.
The Australian team stands as the sole squad to have emerged victorious in an ODI series hosted by India. Under the leadership of Pat Cummins, they are gearing up to engage in a fierce battle against the consistently performing Indian team led by Rohit Sharma, with the showdown set to unfold in a packed Ahmedabad Stadium.
Recognizing the intense rivalry between India and Australia, Broad, who stands as one of the world's premier pacers with over 600 Test wickets, believes there is an air of inevitability in India winning the tournament, comparing it to Brazil's dominance in football or Usain Bolt's supremacy in the 100m race. Broad stated that an Indian World Cup triumph, much like their 2011 victory, would carry a magical quality and inspire the next generation of cricketing powerhouses.
"India winning the World Cup is a bit like Brazil winning football's equivalent. There is a bit of magic to it. And personally, I think it would be great for the game if India come out on top against Australia in Ahmedabad because it will inspire the next generation of cricket's powerhouse, just as their 2011 triumph did," Stuart Broad wrote in his column for Daily Mail.
According to Broad, India's current squad is exceptionally powerful, and he envisions them winning the final against Australia 95 out of 100 times in their own conditions.
Broad emphasized India's formidable lineup, boasting a top six capable of scoring match-winning hundreds, along with a bowling unit where any bowler can clinch a five-wicket haul. He highlighted that India is the only team in the World Cup with such all-round strength.
"India are so powerful in their own conditions that I would say they would win this final 95 times out of 100. You only need to look down their line-up to gauge their strength: they’ve got a top six all of whom can score match-winning hundreds, while any of their bowlers can take a five-for. They’re the only team in the World Cup that you can say that about," he said.
Rohit Sharma’s men are one victory away from bringing an end to India’s decade-long ICC trophy drought and realising their dream of lifting the elusive trophy. One good game away from winning the 2023 ODI World Cup unbeaten and becoming the new World Champions.