India, one of the most accomplished nations in cricket, won their second ODI World Cup in 2011, after defeating Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in a memorable final. Since then, the Indian team hasn't laid their hands on the coveted trophy, but they can change their fortunes once more, with the quadrennial spectacle returning to their shores after 12 years.
The ODI World Cup winning team of India from 2011, is heralded as one of the greatest of all times in cricket history. Now, the question arises, can the Indian cricket team for the upcoming quadrennial spectacle manage to eclipse their predecessors in 2023?
To better answer this question, SportsTiger compares India’s India’s ODI World Cup 2011 final-winning team with the potential ODI World Cup 2023 playing XI.
2011: Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar
Virender Sehwag, one of the most feared opening batters of his time, lived up to his billing in the ODI World Cup 2011, providing swashbuckling starts to India in almost every match of the tournament. His opening partner, the Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar was the second highest run scorer in the quadrennial spectacle, to help the national team put big totals on the board regularly.
2023: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill
Heading into the ODI World Cup 2023, the Indian captain Rohit Sharma has taken up the mantle to accelerate the rate of scoring in the powerplay in the 50 overs format, at the cost of losing his wicket earlier than he used to, in the recent past. Shubman Gill, his opening partner, has been one of the top scores in ODI cricket, notching up centuries for fun.