The World Cup is coming back to India this year. No, don’t get me wrong. We have not won the ICC men’s CWC 2023 yet, but the event will be organized in India. Indian cricket fans are expecting to win the trophy for the third time in 2023, after 1983 and 2011. This article shares with you unmissable details and obvious but hidden insights concerning Cricket World Cup odds 2023 for India.
1983 World Cup win
Winning the World Cup in 1983 was nothing short of a miracle because, in the prior two editions of the World Cup, India had won one solitary match against Sri Lanka, another minnows. The event was organized in England, and no one expected India to bring home the trophy. Cricket pundits refrained from giving India a one-in-a-million chance of winning the World Cup. The best according to them was India winning a game or two in their campaign.
India, during those days, was not considered a competitive one-day team. West Indies had won the two prior world cups and had batsmen such as Desmon Haynes, Gordon Greenidge, Viv Richards, and Clive Lloyd in their lineup. Their fast bowlers would breathe fire and in the lineup were Malcolm Marshall, Andy Roberts, Joel Garner, and Colin Croft, among others.
Australia and England were other good teams and decent contenders for winning the World Cup. But, the unthinkable did happen and India did win the World Cup. India became only the second team to win the World Cup in the history of the World Cup. Coincidentally, India beat the West Indies in the World Cup finals.
2011 world cup win
Sachin Tendulkar played in six World Cups in his career and played an instrumental role for India in each of the World Cups. Poor performance can be attributed to the Indian team in only two of these six world cups, 1992 and 2007. In the remainder of the four World Cups when Sachin played, the Indian team performed reasonably well and Sachin had an important role to play in India’s performance.
In 2003, India reached the finals of the World Cup, only to be beaten by Australia. The trophy eluded India despite intense preparations and many remarkable performances from many remarkable players.
2011 was going to be the sixth and last World Cup in Sachin’s remarkable career. He was nearly 40 at the time, and no one expected him to play another World Cup, the next of which was to be held in 2015.
The 2011 World Cup was organized in India. It was the third World Cup to be hosted in India. The first one was held in 1987, which Australia had won. The second, in 1996, was won by Sri Lanka.
12 years have passed since India last won a World Cup and many things have changed since then. During those days, history told us that no team had ever won a World Cup hosted in their home country. Most people expected the pattern to continue.
But India broke the shackles of the past and won the World Cup after a wait of 28 years. Nowadays, playing the World Cup at home is considered to be an advantage for the home team.
The 2023 World Cup is about to begin
The wait is over. The 2023 World Cup begins on 5th October, just over a week from when this article is being published. The expectations are high this time over for India to win the World Cup – the stakes are always high.
India has an excellent team in this World Cup. India’s batting lineup is arguably the best in the world.
History tells us that India has won the World Cup only when allrounders rise to the occasion, making grand scores when no one expected them to and picking up a few wickets here and there. Yuvraj Singh was the man of the series in World Cup 2011 for his all-around performance.
The Indian team has what it takes to win the World Cup. It is now all about the execution.
Cricket World Cup odds 2023 for India
India has a 33% mathematical possibility of winning the World Cup.
The above table tells us that going by the prior performance of the Indian team in the World Cups, India has a 33.33% chance of winning this World Cup.
The wishes and aspirations of millions of fans from across India are with the Indian team for them winning the World Cup. We hope this article gives you a fair estimate of Cricket World Cup odds 2023 for India.