Rohit Sharma and Babar Azam to lead in focus as we look at India vs Pakistan confirmed playing 11 for ODI Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2023.
It’s the second week of the Cricket ODI World Cup 2023, and we are just a match away from the biggest clash of the tournament, India vs Pakistan. The Mother of all matches as we call it will witness high-on-confidence India facing their arch-rivals Pakistan for the eighth time in the ODI World Cup history.
Team India are riding high on confidence after back-to-back wins against mighty Australia and spin-heavy Afghanistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. Similarly, Pakistan are coming to Ahmedabad after back-to-back wins against the Netherlands and Sri Lanka. But who takes the cherry in Ahmedabad?
Well, history may have its say because, on the previous 7 occasions where India met Pakistan in the ODI World Cup, India have come out as winners on 7 occasions. It’s a great sight for any Indian fan, and for a Pakistan fan, you may as well see Wassey’s videos to get some ‘de’-motivation.
Both teams will also be looking at their playing 11 closely after a few hiccups in the last few matches. So, with all the information that we have in hand, let’s look at the confirmed playing 11 India vs Pakistan Group stage match of the Cricket ODI World Cup (CWC) 2023. Before that, let’s look at the key match details and official squad for both teams.
Tournament: Cricket ODI World Cup 2023
Type: India vs Pakistan Group Stage
Where: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
When: October 14, 2 pm IST
Cricket ODI World Cup 2023 – Team India Official Squad List
Batters: Rohit Sharma (c), Shreyas Iyer, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav & Virat Kohli
WKs: Ishan Kishan & KL Rahul
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin & Ravindra Jadeja
Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj & Shardul Thakur
Team India’s Best Predicted Playing 11
The most important thing or the biggest question for any Indian fan is, ‘Is Shubman Gill fit?‘. Well, we have some really happy news to share that Shubman Gill has already arrived in Ahmedabad, and has already spent some good time in the training session.
If the good training session is any indicator for us, we should finally see our best opening pair, Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma playing against our favorite opponent, Pakistan. This means Ishan Kishan, who had a decent outing against Afghanistan will have to sit out this game.
Apart from this change, the second biggest question shall be to choose one between Ravichandran Ashwin and Shardul Thakur. Well, the answer to this completely depends on the pitch we get for the match. However, if history has anything to see, Ahmedabad has usually given a sporty pitch that favors pace bowling.
So, expect India to stick with Shardul Thakur for this match as an additional pace option for the middle overs. Having said that, Pakistan have three lefties in their top 7. So, to tackle those, don’t be surprised if India play Ashwin ahead of Shardul. But for now, Shardul is our first choice.
From individual players’ standpoint, India would need Mohammed Siraj back in form. The pacer has been all over when it comes to bowling length. But with Ahmedabad assisting pace, Siraj may finally find his lost rhythm. Overall, India would want to continue the momentum by making three in a row.
Cricket ODI World Cup 2023 – India vs Australia Best Predicted Playing 11 for India:
Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah & Mohammed Siraj.
Cricket ODI World Cup 2023 – Official Squad List for Pakistan:
Batters: Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq & Saud Shakeel
WKs: Mohammad Rizwan
All-rounders: Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim, Salman Ali Agha & Shadab Khan
Bowlers: Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi & Usama Mir
Pakistan’s Best Predicted Playing 11
Pakistan made a change in the last match by bringing in Abdulla Shafique for Fakhar Zaman. While Fakhar Zaman has been excellent against India, Pakistan may stick to Abdulla after his match-winning heroics against Sri Lanka. However, Imam’s form is a concern too. So, Pakistan may think of playing Fakhar in place of Imam as a wildcard move.
Other than this, the other question for Pakistan shall be to continue playing Mohammad Nawaz or bring in an extra pacer in the form of Mohammad Wasim Jr. Well, similar to the Ashwin vs Shardul debate, this shall depend on the pitch situation. But given Pakistan has persisted with Nawaz as the second spinner, expect them to continue doing this.
Cricket ODI World Cup 2023 – India vs Pakistan Best Predicted Playing 11 for Pakistan:
Imam-ul-Haq, Abdulla Shafique, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf & Hasan Ali
Top Fantasy Players 11 for India vs Pakistan Cricket World Cup 2023:
Batters: Rohit Sharma, Babar Azam, Shubman Gill & Virat Kohli
Wks: KL Rahul & Mohammad Rizwan
All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja
Bowlers: Shaheen Afridi, HarisRauf, Kuldeep Yadav & Jasprit Bumrah
CVC Choice: Virat Kohli & Babar Azam
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Adesh Kothari is the founder of AK4Tsay1 Cricalytics with over 20 years of experience following Cricket.
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