Sourav Ganguly foresees India's challenge ahead of World Cup final against Australia: 'Stopping them will be tough'
ODI World Cup 2023: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly couldn't help but applaud Rohit Sharma's exceptional performance in the ODI World Cup 2023 final, describing the team's display as "looking smashing." Ganguly, amidst the buzz of the thrilling second semi-final between South Africa and Australia, shared his admiration for Team India's prowess. He conveyed his best wishes for the final, stressing that if India sustains the same level of performance seen in the league phase and the semi-final, they'll prove a challenging force. Reflecting on India's journey, Ganguly highlighted the team's resilience, notably in the semi-final against New Zealand.
In New Delhi, the former BCCI president expressed his admiration for the 'Men in Blue' ahead of the ODI World Cup 2023 final at Ahmedabad's Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday. Post the intense second semi-final at Kolkata's Eden Gardens, Ganguly lauded Team India, remarking they were "looking smashing."
Extending his best wishes for the imminent final, Ganguly emphasized India's exceptional tournament performance, underscoring that if they maintain this momentum, stopping them would pose a significant challenge. "India is looking smashing at the moment. I wish them all the best for Ahmedabad. India have played very well in the tournament, and just one match and Australia stand between them and the World Cup trophy. If India continue to play like how they have performed in the tournament so far, then it will be tough to stop them. It will be a good match as Australia has a good team as well," Ganguly commented.
Reflecting on India's path to the final, Ganguly acknowledged their fortitude, particularly in the semi-final against New Zealand. There, India secured a victory through Virat Kohli's record-breaking 50th ODI century, Shreyas Iyer's second consecutive century in the World Cup, and Mohammed Shami's impactful 7-wicket haul.
At the Eden Gardens, the second semi-final saw Australia, led by the dynamic opener Travis Head, secure a gripping three-wicket triumph over South Africa, setting the stage for an exhilarating showdown in the World Cup final on Sunday. The cricketing world eagerly anticipates the clash between the 'Men in Blue' and the five-time world champions, Australia.
- With inputs from agencies