‘Agar wo teenon perform karengey toh’ – Former India all-rounder Suresh Raina opens up on India’s key to success in ODI World Cup 2023

By Daniel S

September 16, 2023

The stage is all set for the upcoming ODI World Cup 2023 to be hosted once again in India after 12 years. Last time, it was in the year 2011 when the hosts’ side led by the former legendary skipper MS Dhoni won the title after defeating Sri Lanka in the summit clash on April 2, 2011 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Meanwhile, an important part of that World Cup-champion side, Suresh Raina has come up with a big analysis for the men in blue ahead of the marquee international tournament, in their backyard. Notably, it has been a decade since India won their last major international title in the Champions Trophy in 2013.

“We have a very good middle-order.” – Suresh Raina on Indian batting for ODI World Cup 2023

Returning to Raina, he was asked about India’s opponent if they make it to the final of the ODI World Cup 2023 and the key players of trump cards for the 2011 champions.

“Koi bhi aaye, dekhengey (whosoever is there, we will handle). I think Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav will be India’s trump cards in the World Cup,” said the confident Suresh Raina to the Times of India.

“Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, if three of them perform, then we have a very good middle-order. We have Hardik Pandya, we have Ishan Kishan, then we have Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel and Shardul Thakur. The top three have to fire, especially Virat Kohli. He is a gun player; he is batting pretty well. If he stays probably 35-40 overs, we’ll have a good chance”

Speaking of Team India, they are currently in action during the ongoing Asia Cup 2023; they have now made it to the final of the tournament after an impressive performance throughout the super-4 round, winning 2 out of 3 matches, including a close defeat of 7 runs against Bangladesh in the last super-4 clash.

Now, Rohit Sharma’s men will take on the hosts Sri Lanka in the summit clash of the 16th edition of the continental championship; both teams will play this match at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday, September 17.

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