Cricket World Cup is considered one the biggest sports event across the globe. From years-old rivalries to intense moments and a lot of thrill, a World Cup has everything for people fond of cricket. The origin of the game goes all the way back to the historical Lords Cricket Stadium of England. Through its nail-biting encounter, the sport managed to grab the attention of people around the globe. Though this game was born in England but has been adored immensely by the People of the subcontinent. The excitement is all-time high as the nation of India is all ready to welcome cricket-playing nations in its houseful stadiums. Here is everything you need to know about World Cup 2023.
A Sneak into Past Competitions
Before diving into the details of World Cup 2023, let’s learn some information about the past tournaments of cricket’s biggest event. The world became familiar with the attention-grabbing format of ODi cricket in 1971 when the first game of 60 overs each was played between England and Australia in Melbourne Cricket Stadium. This format then got converted into a 50-over match for each side. Four years after this historic day, the world of cricket saw its first one-day international tournament in England. The first two editions of this game were dominated by the Caribbean team, West Indies. In 1983, India defeated the ruling champions to claim the title for the first time. In the tournament of 1987, Australia bagged the title after a close final with England. White in the year 1992, Cornered Tigers, Pakistan were declared the champions whereas Sri Lanka wore the crown in the following tournament held in 1996. From the year 1999 to 2007 Australia dominated world cricket and won 3 back-to-back titles. Australia’s winning streak was finally broken down with the Indian cricket team winning the 2011 World Cup in front of their home crowd. In 2015, Australia managed to grab the crown for the fifth time. In the year 2019 the creators of the sport, England finally managed to lift the cup after a nail-biting final against New Zealand.
What Would be the Format for this Edition?
Now once again world is ready to witness yet another tournament filled with thrilling last-over games. The format of the cricket world cup 2023 would be simple. Ten teams, Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, and Sirlanka would fight with one another for the top four positions. Two semifinals will be played between the most successful four teams. The finale will be held on 19th November between the winners of both knock-out games. This surely would be a journey full of fun and excitement.
Winner Team of World Cup 2023
Now let’s move to the million-dollar question, who is most likely to win this year’s big cricket event, World Cup 2023? Well, there are different teams that are performing up to the mark and seem contenders for the title. India is the host nation and their recent triumph in the Asia Cup and bilateral series against Australia place them in a hot favorite spot. The defending champions England also seem to follow the right path and appear as a strong rival for others. Australia with its tremendous record in the past editions of the games is always a worthy opponent in the world of cricket. Lastly, you may not want to forget about the Pakistani cricket team led by world number one ODI batsman, Babar Azam.
So who do you think is most likely to play semifinals and which team will be crowned as the winner of World Cup 2023?