“Would be shocked if India don’t qualify for ICC World Cup 2023 semifinals”: Shikhar Dhawan

Veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan predicts India’s strong presence in the upcoming World Cup semifinals

In the midst of the league stage of the ICC World Cup 2023, Indian cricketing stalwart Shikhar Dhawan has ventured a bold prediction regarding the teams set to qualify for the semifinals. India currently stands as the sole unbeaten side in the competition and is emerging as a formidable contender for the title. Alongside India, South Africa and New Zealand have also displayed remarkable performances, leaving them on the verge of securing their spots in the coveted semifinals.

After 24 matches of thrilling cricketing action since the tournament commenced on October 5 in Ahmedabad, the race for the four semifinal spots has intensified. In particular, India, South Africa, and New Zealand have solidified their positions, each suffering only one loss. Australia, despite a rocky start, has managed to climb to the fourth spot, thanks to three consecutive victories.

During Australia’s recent clash against Netherlands, Shikhar Dhawan shared his thoughts on the ongoing competition, emphasizing the crucial role each match is playing in shaping the points table. He noted that the primary focus now lies on the battle for the fourth semifinal spot, with teams closely monitoring their net run rates.

“Every World Cup match is reshaping the points table, with India, SA, and New Zealand securing their spots in the semis. Now, the spotlight is on the race for the 4th spot, demanding keen attention to net run rate. Will be shocking if one of India-NZ-SA doesn’t qualify for SF. What do you guys think? Share your thoughts!”, Dhawan articulated in a social media post.

With India gearing up for their upcoming match against England on Sunday, a victory in this crucial clash could almost guarantee their place in the semifinals for the second consecutive year, further strengthening Dhawan’s prediction.

Dhawan’s foresight has added an extra layer of anticipation and excitement to the ongoing World Cup. As the competition heats up, every match assumes a pivotal role in the teams’ quest for securing a spot in the prestigious semifinals, making it a must-watch event for cricket enthusiasts around the globe.