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    Preview of ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Match Between India and Australia

    In a high-octane opener for the Cricket World Cup, the host nation India (BCCI), a two-time champion, is set to clash with the formidable five-time champion Australia (Cricket Australia). The anticipation for this encounter is electric as both teams vie for supremacy on the global cricket stage.

    India’s Quest for Glory at Home

    India clinched the World Cup title in 1983 and 2011, with the latter triumph taking place on home soil. However, since their 2011 victory, they have faced a trophy drought in ICC events. The 2013 Champions Trophy in England remains their sole ICC title during this period. India is determined to break this dry spell and secure a historic victory on their home turf.

    Australia’s Dominance in ODI Cricket

    Australia boasts a rich history in One Day International (ODI) cricket, making them the most successful ODI team. They have secured ODI World Cup victories in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2015, a testament to their cricketing prowess. Furthermore, they are the only team to achieve the remarkable feat of winning three successive ODI titles.

    Key Players in the Spotlight

    India’s bowling attack is expected to be spearheaded by the dynamic duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj. Accompanying them are the spin wizards Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja, with all-rounder Hardik Pandya adding depth to the pace department.

    India’s batting lineup is star-studded, featuring cricketing superstars. Virat Kohli, on the brink of breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s all-time ODI centuries record, and skipper Rohit Sharma, eager to make amends for missing the 2011 World Cup, are set to shine on the grand stage.

    Australia’s Challenge and Adaptation

    Australian batsmen come well-prepared for the Indian conditions, with many of them being part of Indian Premier League franchises. The likes of David Warner, Steve Smith, Cameron Green, Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, and Glenn Maxwell have honed their skills in Indian conditions.

    The Australian bowling lineup is formidable, led by pacers Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Mitchell Starc. Wrist-spinner Adam Zampa has proven his mettle in Indian conditions – 27 wickets in 16 matches at an average of 30.77.

    Australia skipper Pat Cummins said on Saturday his team are content to go about their game “quietly”, in contrast to the ultra-aggressive style of earlier Australian sides.

    “Our guys are pretty chilled out, so I am always proud saying the players out there in the field are similar to who they are off the field,” he said.

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