Cricket World Cup Sachin Tendulkar's Top Four Semifinalist Predictions, India Leading the Way


Cricket World Cup: Sachin Tendulkar’s Top Four Semifinalist Predictions, India Leading the Way

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Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has peered into the future and shared his forecasts for the four teams he believes will secure spots in the semi-finals of the ongoing Cricket World Cup 2023 in India. Tendulkar, who graced the pitch with the coveted trophy to inaugurate the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, imparted his insights during an interview with the ICC. He reminisced about his own cricketing journey and the profound significance of the World Cup being held on home soil.

Reflecting on the experience of carrying the World Cup trophy onto the field, Tendulkar said, “It was a surreal experience to carry that trophy out on the field. We ended up playing here, a quarter-final against Australia, and that night was a special night for us. To come back here, same stadium, 12 years down the line… Something nice has happened actually. Before 2011, no host nation had won the tournament. Post that, all home nations have won. India’s hosting, so, keeping those fingers crossed.”

When asked about India’s prospects in the tournament, Tendulkar expressed optimism, stating, “I hope so because our team is playing good cricket, and if the team continues to keep things simple and stick to basics, they have the ammunition. We’ve got a strong batting lineup, a very good all-round bowling attack; we have good balance.”

However, Tendulkar didn’t limit his predictions to India alone. He confidently named the four teams he believes will reach the semi-finals. “India without any doubt,” he affirmed. “We have a very, very good, balanced team. So is the case with Australia; I feel they have a balanced team. The third one, I would say, would be England. England again is a very strong team, a combination of experience and some new faces. My fourth team would be New Zealand.”

Tendulkar’s prediction regarding New Zealand appears to be on the mark, as the Black Caps have started their campaign impressively, securing a convincing nine-wicket victory over England in the World Cup’s opening match. New Zealand’s formidable track record in world championships has also influenced Tendulkar’s choice.


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