Gautam Gambhir: 'Ranking Doesn't Matter' - Serious Warning to No. 1 Ranked India Ahead of 2023 ODI World Cup

ODI World Cup 2023

Gautam Gambhir: 'Ranking Doesn't Matter' - Serious Warning to No. 1 Ranked India Ahead of 2023 ODI World Cup

New Delhi, - Former renowned Indian opener, Gautam Gambhir, has issued a serious warning to the current No. 1 ranked Indian cricket team ahead of the highly anticipated 2023 ODI World Cup. India will kickstart their campaign in this World Cup with a high-profile clash against Australia.

Just last Friday, India achieved an extraordinary feat by becoming only the second nation to attain the No. 1 ranking in all three cricket formats after defeating Australia by a margin of five wickets in the first ODI of a three-match series between the two teams.

However, Gambhir emphatically stated that the No. 1 ranking would hold no significance when India competes in the World Cup. While India has been dominating the rankings in Tests and T20Is, the former player argued that the focus should now be on defeating the strongest opponents, not on rankings.

"Rankings are just numbers on paper. To win the World Cup, we have to beat Australia," Gambhir cautioned. He continued, "In 2007 and 2011, when we won the World Cup, we had to face Australia in critical stages of the tournament. Australia is the strongest team in any ICC tournament. Remove the rankings; rankings don't matter."

According to Gambhir, the match against Australia will be the most crucial for India in their quest for a third World Cup title. Australia boasts the highest success rate in the history of the ODI World Cup, having secured five titles, making them a clear favorite once again this year.

Currently, India is locking horns with Australia in a three-match ODI series, which is considered ideal preparation for the upcoming World Cup. Despite India's No. 1 ranking in ODIs, Australia, led by Pat Cummins, holds the No. 3 spot. Nevertheless, experts concur that rankings will not affect Australia's performance in the World Cup.

Australia has embraced a roster of quality all-rounders such as Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, and Cameron Green, making them one of the most formidable teams in the tournament.

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India will commence their World Cup campaign with an opening match against Australia at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on October 8. Following this, they will face Afghanistan on October 11 before clashing with their arch-rivals, Pakistan, in a much-anticipated encounter at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on October 15. Victory in the opening match against Australia will be crucial for India to build positive momentum in their quest for a third ODI World Cup title.

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