World Cup 2023: The World Cup 2023 is on the horizon with merely 20 hours to its commencement. Teams are rigorously prepping on the fields, ensuring they’re in peak form for the grand spectacle. While the opening clash is set between England and New Zealand, Team India gears up for its face-off against Australia on October 8.
The Countdown Begins:
The cricketing world is buzzing with anticipation as we inch closer to the World Cup 2023. The tournament promises thrilling matches, with the inaugural game scheduled between England and New Zealand. Meanwhile, Team India readies itself for a high-stakes match against Australia.
World Cup 2023: In an unfortunate twist of events, England’s linchpin, Wayne Stocks, is reportedly out due to an injury. However, an even bigger shock awaits.
Ben Stokes’ Absence:
On October 5, defending champions England will go head-to-head with New Zealand at the grand Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. However, news has emerged that England’s tour de force, Ben Stokes, will not be featuring in the starting lineup for this pivotal match due to a hip injury. Stokes, having previously declared his retirement from the ODI format, was beckoned back to the England squad for this World Cup by captain Jos Buttler, a testament to his significance in the team.
Stokes’ Stellar Form:
World Cup 2023: Post his return to ODI cricket, Stokes has been nothing short of phenomenal. His recent exploits against New Zealand are a testament to his prowess. In the three-match ODI series, he stunned fans with a knock of 52 runs off 69 balls in the opener, scored a modest 1 run in the second, but in the final match, he played a career-defining inning, smashing 182 runs off just 124 balls. This Herculean effort made him the highest individual run-scorer for England in an ODI innings.
England’s Squad for World Cup 2023:
The lineup comprises a mix of seasoned players and young talent: Jos Buttler (Captain, Wicketkeeper), Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood, and Chris Woakes.
World Cup 2023: England’s campaign in World Cup 2023 starts under a cloud with the unexpected sidelining of their star all-rounder, Ben Stokes. However, the squad is packed with talent, and fans worldwide are eager to see how they tackle this challenge.