The 2023 ODI World Cup will bring with it several exciting battles between players from different countries. The player match-ups are always entertaining, but the intensity is extremely high when they happen in multi-nation tournaments as the stakes are raised significantly. Now, let us explore the five most exhilarating player face-offs to eagerly anticipate, as several top players prepare to battle it out in the upcoming 2023 ODI World Cup.
1. Babar Azam Vs. Jasprit Bumrah
Babar Azam, the number one ODI batter for the past two years, is set to face Jasprit Bumrah, a highly successful bowler despite his short and injury-filled career. This upcoming battle between the two promises to be an exciting one. Although they have crossed paths a few times in the past, this particular encounter holds special significance as Babar is currently at the peak of his abilities and the match will be played in Bumrah’s den as the World Cup is scheduled to take place in India. In their six encounters in International cricket, Babar has managed to score 30 runs off 36 balls against Bumrah without ever being dismissed.
2. Virat Kohli Vs. Shaheen Afridi
Virat Kohli smashed the trio of Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, and Haris Rauf all over the park last year at the MCG. Shaheen Afridi, who was not at his absolute best in the T20 World Cup due to injury must be vying for revenge and settle the score. That’s exactly what separates a good player from the great, they never rest until the vengeance is achieved. Virat Kohli has scored 34 runs off 22 balls against Shaheen in two innings in International cricket and Shaheen has got the better of him once.
3. Shubman Gill Vs. Naseem Shah
The upcoming battle between Shubman Gill and Naseem Shah promises to be an exciting clash in the years to come. Although they have not faced each other yet, the anticipation for their encounter is high, and it promises to be a captivating spectacle. Shubman Gill has already emerged as a player capable of following in Virat Kohli’s footsteps, while Naseem Shah is also a prominent star in Pakistan.
4. Virat Kohli Vs. Naveen Ul Haq
Virat Kohli and Naveen Ul Haq engaged in a heated altercation during the recently concluded IPL 2023, leading to the emergence of a new rivalry in the cricketing world. Their on-field clash didn’t end there, as both players continued to exchange indirect jabs through social media posts and interviews. All of a sudden India vs Afghanistan has become a very important fixture of the 2023 ODI World Cup.
5. Steve Smith Vs. Jofra Archer
The Steve Smith versus Jofra Archer battle during the 2019 Ashes proved to be an incredibly exciting contest, with both players consistently pushing each other and relishing the challenges they bring to the table. However, there is uncertainty surrounding Jofra Archer’s availability for the 2023 World Cup due to his injury in the IPL 2023. If Archer participates in the tournament, it will add an extra layer of excitement to Australia versus England encounter.
the upcoming 2023 ODI World Cup promises to deliver thrilling cricket battles that fans around the world eagerly anticipate. As we prepare for this prestigious tournament, it is impossible to ignore the top five-player battles that are set to captivate our attention. From the clash of titans like Virat Kohli and Shaheen to the intense rivalry between Steve Smith and Jofra Archer, the stage is set for unforgettable duels on the grandest cricketing platform.