Credit: Twitter

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Former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara picked his top favourites for the forthcoming ICC ODI World Cup 2023. The former wicketkeeper-batter was present at the fourth ODI between England and New Zealand, where he named his two favourite teams for the marquee event. The ICC ODI World Cup 2023 is set to commence on October 5 in India, and with less than a month to go for the tournament, teams have now started to finalise their best combinations and playing tactics. 

Sangakkara, who led Sri Lanka to the top two in the 2011 edition of the ICC event, was involved in a discussion with former New Zealand fast bowler Simon Doull and ex-England skipper Eoin Morgan on SkySports Cricket. The 45-year-old picked England and India as his top favourites but said that the way Sri Lanka have performed lately, they can be a tough challenge to the other teams.

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The former MCC President said, “I think England and India are going to be top favourites...I saw Sri Lanka play the last game and how they played throughout the Asia Cup, so they could be challenging for a playoff position...once you're in the playoffs, you're a game away. You have a good day, you could be in the final.”

The cricketing stalwart then commented on Doull’s choice of picking South Africa. He said, “South Africa, I know that you picked South's like there's so many contenders, isn't it? About seven or eight teams are trying to win the World Cup, but I would put England and India as the strongest with a few others that can really challenge for it.”

Notably, the biggest cricketing tournament is set to commence on October 5. While India will begin their campaign on October 8, Sri Lanka will play their first game on October 7 against South Africa at the Arun Jaitley.