Indian ace spinner Ravindra Jadeja is hoping to lift the World Cup 2023 in front of the Indian crowd. He believes that the Indian team is well-balanced in all areas.
“It is very special because this is my first World Cup in India. The fans are very excited because our team is balanced in all areas. There is nothing that we are weak in any particular area,” Jadeja said on the latest episode of The ICC Review podcast alongside Dinesh Karthik and host Brian Murgatroyd.
At the MA Chidambaram Stadium, around 30,000 spectators saw India’s World Cup opening clash. Jadeja lauded India’s ardent supporters and thinks they would be crucial to the nation’s World Cup effort.
“The energy of Indian fans, their confidence, and their unwavering faith in us are incredibly high. Whenever we play in India, for any series, they turn out in such large numbers that the entire stadium remains packed. I find it very exciting to play in the World Cup in front of the Indian crowd. Hopefully, we’ll perform well, reach the finals, and win the World Cup,” Jadeja noted.
Virat Kohli and KL Rahul led India to a thrilling six-wicket victory against Australia on Sunday to kick off their World Cup home campaign. The hosts presumably thought their chase would be easy after their spin-heavy attack bowled out the five-time champions for 199 with three deliveries remaining in the Australian innings.
India, on the other hand, had a disastrous start to their reply, losing three of their top four batsmen for ducks within the first two overs. Mitchell Marsh dropped Kohli off Josh Hazlewood at 12, but Kohli went on to make 85 runs as India led yet another successful chase. India completed the mark in 41.2 overs thanks to KL Rahul’s 97-run innings, his partner in the 165-run fourth-wicket stand.