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When Australia take on India on the 8th of October in their World Cup opener, Pat Cummins will be leading his country for only the fifth time in the ODI arena. You have to go back to 1979 to find the last time Australia had a captain who was as inexperienced at a World Cup. On that occasion, it was Kim Hughes who had never captained his country in limited overs. Somewhat ominously, the Australians would be dumped out in the group stages after losing two of their three pool fixtures.

Mark Nicholas, the incoming president of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), has opined that the time has come for ODI cricket to be played exclusively at World Cups. According to Nicholas, the writing on the wall is clear as T20 cricket has captured the imagination of the sporting world and fans.

World Cups are, in whatever sport, intended to provide a stage on which the finest talent on the planet can showcase their skill. These competitions pool the elite, thrust them into battle, and let them slug it out until one ultimate victor emerges triumphant. In white-ball cricketing terms, England have been top dogs as of late and they are looking to hold onto their crown.

Veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has admitted that the upcoming ODI World Cup could be his last for India. The 37-year-old was not part of India’s initial World Cup 2023 squad. However, he was a last-minute addition, replacing all-rounder Axar Patel, after the latter failed to recover from his left quadriceps strain that he picked up during the World Cup.