Cricket World Cup 2023: Rohit Sharma Downplays Host Nation Advantage

    The Cricket World Cup 2023 is abuzz with anticipation as the nation is set to cheer its home team, including a google doodle to celebrate the big sporting event, with a promising a month-long spectacle of cricketing excellence. The defending champions, England, will lock horns with last edition’s runners-up, New Zealand, in the opening clash at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

    Cricket enthusiasts worldwide had been speculating about a grand opening ceremony preceding the inaugural match, a tradition often observed in major sporting events. However, it appears that this year’s tournament will forgo the glitz and glamour of an extravagant curtain-raiser.

    No Opening Ceremony for Cricket World Cup 2023

    In a recent report by the Times of India, insiders have confirmed that there were never any plans for an opening ceremony. “There was never an opening ceremony planned for the World Cup. I can confirm that,” quoted a source. The rationale behind this decision, the source explained, is the timing of the tournament’s matches. Unlike the Indian Premier League (IPL), where matches typically start in the evening, Cricket World Cup 2023 matches commence in the afternoon, leaving little room for an elaborate pre-match show.

    Despite the absence of a formal opening ceremony, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ensured that the tournament’s spirit was captured with the Captains’ Day event held on the eve of the England vs. New Zealand opener. During this gathering, all 10 captains were subjected to a grilling by former India head coach Ravi Shastri and ex-England captain Eoin Morgan, offering fans a glimpse into the minds of the cricketing leaders.

    Will Spin Dominate Cricket World Cup 2023

    India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, was questioned about the remarkable fact that the last three World Cups were won by the hosting nations. In response, Sharma downplayed the statistic, saying, “Not thinking too much about that stuff, but yeah, in the last three editions, hosting teams won the World Cups, and we will give our everything in this World Cup and enjoy the tournament.”

    Sharma also expressed his enthusiasm for the tournament, stating, “People are going to love this tournament. The stadiums will be jam-packed. Indians love their cricket. It is going to be a great tournament.”

    Cricket World Cup 2023 Opening Match : New Zealand vs England

    As the clock ticks down to the opening match, cricket fans around the globe are eagerly awaiting the first delivery. The opening match of the Cricket World Cup 2023 match is scheduled to commence at 2:00 PM IST, with the toss taking place at 1:30 PM IST. The stage is set, and the world is ready for a month-long cricketing extravaganza.


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