After nearly two months of competitive bouts, the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 semi-finals are here And what a delight this World Cup has been! With some genuinely close matches, off-field drama, shocking performances, and a little splash of politics, this year’s cricket World Cup has certainly been eventful. Let’s recap:
- Pakistan once again banked on ‘Qudrat Ka Nizaam’ (nature’s course) to take them through to the semi-finals (and failing)
- The shockingly poor performance from defending champions England
- The Sri Lankan Cricket Board being fired, and ICC subsequently suspending them
- Bangladesh timing out a Sri Lankan batsman
- Maxwell’s freak show that saw him score 200 runs while limping on one leg.
This World Cup has had it all. India’s performance has been most curious, though. They have remained unbeaten in the tournament and dominated every opponent they have faced – something the cricketing world and the Indian fans aren’t exactly used to seeing.
India will play New Zealand in the first semi-finals. This team-up will surely make Indian cricket fans nervous after the heartbreaking events that unfolded in the 2019 World Cup semi-finals between the two teams.
The second semi-finals will be played against Australia and South Africa, which promises to be an exciting match. Australia, who looked entirely out of touch in their initial games, have roared back with style and have their eyes on the big prize. South Africa, too, have played exceptionally well, but whether they will be able to break their “chokers” tag once and for all remains to be seen.
How to Watch ICC ODI World Cup 2023 Semi-Finals and Finals in the UAE and Saudi Arabia
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India vs New Zealand – First Semi-Final
The first semi-final between India and New Zealand will be played on November 15, 2023, at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The match will start at 12.30pm GMT+4.
|Rohit Sharma (C)||Mohammed Siraj|
|Ravichandran Ashwin||Prasidh Krishna|
|Jasprit Bumrah||KL Rahul (WK)|
|Ishan Kishan (WK)||Shubman Gill|
|Shreyas Iyer||Mohammed Shami|
|Ravindra Jadeja||Shardul Thakur|
|Virat Kohli||Suryakumar Yadav|
New Zealand team
|Kane Williamson (C)||James Neesham|
|Tom Latham (WK)||Glenn Phillips|
|Trent Boult||Rachin Ravindra|
|Mark Chapman||Mitchell Santner|
|Devon Conway||Ish Sodhi|
|Lockie Ferguson||Tim Southee|
|Kyle Jamieson||Will Young|
Australia vs South Africa – Second Semi-Final
The second semi-final between Australia and South Africa will be played on November 16, 2023, at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The match will start at 12.30pm GMT+4.
|Pat Cummins (C)||Mitchen Marsh|
|Sean Abbott||Steven Smith|
|Alex Carey||Mitchell Starc|
|Cameron Green||Marcus Stoinis|
|Josh Hazlewood||David Warner|
|Travis Head||Adam Zampa|
|Josh Inglis (WK)||Glenn Maxwell|
South Africa team
|Temba Bavuma (C)||David Miller|
|Gerald Coetzee||Lungi Ngidi|
|Quinton de Kock (WK)||Andile Phehlukwayo|
|Reeza Hendricks||Kagiso Rabada|
|Marco Jansen||Tabraiz Shamsi|
|Heinrich Klassen (WK)||Rassie van der Dussen|
|Keshav Maharaj||Lizaard Williams|
ICC ODI World Cup 2023 Finals
The ICC ODI World Cup finals 2023 will be played on November 19, 2023, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The match will start at 12.30pm GMT+4.
Previous World Cup Winners
- West Indies (1975)
- West Indies (1979)
- India (1983)
- Australia (1987)
- Pakistan (1992)
- Sri Lanka (1996)
- Australia (1999)
- Australia (2003)
- Australia (2007)
- India (2011)
- Australia (2015)
- England (2019)
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