Ganguly’s Wish: India vs. Pakistan Clash in ICC ODI World Cup 2023 Semi-Finals
Sourav Ganguly voices his desire for a high-stakes India vs. Pakistan semi-final in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023, adding to the excitement of the tournament. Find out the conditions for Pakistan’s qualification.
Former Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly expressed his wish for Pakistan to qualify for the semi-finals of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 and face India in what he believes would be an epic showdown. India secured their spot in the semi-finals by defeating Sri Lanka and claiming the top position in the points table after a remarkable winning streak of 8 matches.
“I want Pakistan to reach the semi-finals and play India. It can’t be a bigger semi-final than that,” Ganguly stated in an interview with Sports Tak.
The race for the fourth spot continues, with Australia’s thrilling win against Afghanistan adding more intensity. Pakistan’s fate depends on their match against England, where they need a significant victory and hope for New Zealand to either lose or face a washout against Sri Lanka.
The venue and date of India’s semi-final would also vary based on the opponent. If it’s against New Zealand or Afghanistan, the match will take place at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on November 15. However, if Pakistan qualifies, the semi-final will be held at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 16, adding to the anticipation of an exciting clash.
Ganguly emphasized his desire for an India vs. Pakistan blockbuster semi-final at Eden Gardens, highlighting the significance of the encounter.
While expressing confidence in India’s exceptional performance in the tournament, Ganguly acknowledged that in sports, surprises can happen. However, he praised the team’s consistency and expressed optimism about their continued strong performance.
As the battle for the semi-final spot intensifies, New Zealand holds a slight advantage over Afghanistan and Pakistan with a higher net run rate. A win against Sri Lanka in Bengaluru would secure New Zealand’s spot. If they lose or the match is washed out, Pakistan and Afghanistan could advance, each having specific conditions to meet for qualification.