India’s First Match in ICC World Cup 2023
India will begin their quest for their third World Cup title with a high-octane clash against five-time champions Australia on Sunday, October 8, 2023, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The match will start at 2:00 PM IST and will be broadcast live on Star Sports and Disney+ Hotstar.
This will be the fifth match of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, which is being hosted by India for the first time since 2011 when they lifted the trophy on home soil. The tournament features 10 teams, who will play each other in a round-robin format, with the top four teams qualifying for the semi-finals.
India and Australia have a rich history of rivalry in World Cups, having faced each other 12 times, with Australia winning eight and India four. The last time they met in a World Cup was in the 2019 semi-final, where India lost by 95 runs. However, India has a slight edge over Australia in ODIs played in India, winning 28 out of 52 matches.
Both teams have some of the best players in the world, who will be eager to showcase their skills and form in the biggest stage of cricket. India will be led by Rohit Sharma, who has been appointed as the captain after Virat Kohli stepped down from the role following the T20 World Cup 2022. Sharma is also the leading run-scorer in World Cups, with 978 runs in 17 matches at an average of 65.20 and six centuries.
India’s batting line-up also features Kohli, who is arguably the best batsman in the world across formats, Shubman Gill, who has impressed with his technique and temperament, Shreyas Iyer, who has been consistent and composed in the middle order, Ishan Kishan, who is a dynamic wicket-keeper batsman, KL Rahul, who can bat anywhere in the order and provide stability and flair, and Suryakumar Yadav, who is a versatile and explosive batsman.
India’s bowling attack will be spearheaded by Jasprit Bumrah, who is one of the best fast bowlers in the world, with his pace, accuracy and variations. He will be supported by Mohammed Shami, who is a wicket-taking bowler with his swing and seam movement, Mohammed Siraj, who has improved his skills and confidence with his performances in Test cricket, Shardul Thakur, who is a handy all-rounder with his ability to bowl at the death and score quick runs lower down the order.
India’s spin department will be led by Ravindra Jadeja, who is a world-class all-rounder with his left-arm spin bowling, electric fielding, and hard-hitting batting. He will be joined by Ravichandran Ashwin, who is a veteran off-spinner with over 400 Test wickets and a lot of variations in his arsenal. Kuldeep Yadav will be the lone wrist-spinner in the squad, who can provide a different dimension to the attack with his left-arm chinaman bowling.
|Rohit Sharma (Captain)||Batter|
|Hardik Pandya (Vice-captain)||All-rounder|
|Ishan Kishan (Wicket-keeper)||Batter|
|KL Rahul (Wicket-keeper)||Batter|
Australia will be captained by Aaron Finch, who is an aggressive opener and a prolific run-scorer in ODIs. He will partner David Warner at the top of the order, who is one of the most destructive batsmen in the world. Their middle order will consist of Steve Smith, who is a masterful batsman with a unique technique and style, Glenn Maxwell, who is a game-changer with his explosive batting and handy off-spin bowling, Marnus Labuschagne, who is a solid and elegant batsman with a hunger for runs, Marcus Stoinis, who is a powerful all-rounder with his hard-hitting batting and medium-pace bowling, and Alex Carey or Josh Philippe as the wicket-keeper batsman.
Australia’s pace attack will be led by Pat Cummins, who is one of the best fast bowlers in the world, with his speed, bounce, and movement. He will be accompanied by Mitchell Starc, who is a lethal left-arm fast bowler with his yorkers, swing and pace. Josh Hazlewood will also be a vital cog in the pace battery with his accuracy, consistency, and bounce. Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith will provide extra pace and variety to the attack.
Australia’s spin options will include Adam Zampa, who is an effective leg-spinner with his googlies, flippers, and sliders. He will be assisted by Ashton Agar, who is a useful left-arm spinner and a handy lower-order batsman. Mitchell Swepson will be the backup wrist-spinner in the squad, who can turn the ball both ways.
India’s Full Schedule And Fixture List With Venues For The ICC Cricket World Cup 2023
|08-Oct-23||Sunday||India vs Australia||MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai|
|11-Oct-23||Wednesday||India vs Afghanistan||Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi|
|14-Oct-23||Saturday||India vs Pakistan||Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad|
|19-Oct-23||Thursday||India vs Bangladesh||Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune|
|22-Oct-23||Sunday||India vs New Zealand||Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala|
|29-Oct-23||Sunday||India vs England||Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow|
|02-Nov-23||Thursday||India vs Sri Lanka||Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai|
|05-Nov-23||Sunday||India vs South Africa||Eden Gardens, Kolkata|
|12-Nov-23||Sunday||India vs Netherlands||M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru|