News Agency, Mumbai
The one-day World Cup is going to start today, Thursday in India, which has become the main center of cricket, surpassing England, the home of cricket. Defending champions England and defending runners-up New Zealand will play against each other in the opening match.
The International Cricket Council (ICC), former players and fans fear that ODI cricket is losing importance due to the increasing popularity of Twenty20 cricket and the revival of Test cricket in recent years. At such a time, holding the World Cup in cricket-crazy India can be very important for the future of ODI cricket.
Since the ODI World Cup is being held after the Asia Cup and the Asian Games, there has not been much discussion about this tournament this year. However, even one match is enough to talk about the cricket tournament in India. If the match between equal teams England and New Zealand turns out to be as tight as expected, the curiosity of the fans about the World Cup will surely increase.
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For the first time since 2011, the ODI World Cup will be hosted in India. At that time, India had won the World Cup title while co-hosting it. However, in the subsequent 12 years, India has managed to win only one ICC World Cup (Champions Trophy in 2013). After the Indian team emerged victorious in 2011, Australia in 2015 and England in 2019 won the ODI World Cup title at home. Now it will be important to see if the host India team will also dominate the tournament and end the world title drought that has been going on for the past decade.
India are expected to be challenged by the likes of defending champions England, New Zealand and Australia. Aggression is expected from the batsmen on Indian pitches in this year’s tournament. So the bowlers will have a definite test. In this way, the team whose bowlers raise their game, will have more chances to win.
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Like the 2019 tournament, this year’s World Cup also includes 10 teams and all the teams will play league matches against each other. The top four teams in the points table at the end of the league matches will qualify for the semi-finals. After that, the final match will also be played in Ahmedabad on November 19. However, it is certain that all the teams will be square in the matches before that.