ODI World Cup 2023: The 2023 World Cup final between India and Australia will be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Both teams met in the final of the World Test Championship this year. Then the Kangaroo team won. Team India’s impressive performance under Rohit Sharma’s leadership continues in the 2023 World Cup. Team India has not lost a single match in the tournament so far and has won 10 matches in a row. Earlier, the Indian team reached the final in 1983, 2003 and 2011. However, the Indian team lost to Australia in the 2003 final. In such a situation, Rohit will also take revenge. At the same time, Rahul Dravid also has an account to be made.
Villains of the 2007 World Cup
The line-up of the Indian team selected for the ODI World Cup held in the West Indies in 2007 was no less than a dream team. Captain Rahul Dravid, former captain Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Virender Sehwag, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh and Ajit Agarkar were part of the team. The team was coached by former Australia captain Greg Chappell, whose tenure was controversial. It was certain that Rahul Dravid’s captaincy would also go away. A few months later, a young team led by young captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the T20 World Cup played in South Africa in 2007. In the 2011 ODI World Cup held in India, India won the trophy under Dhoni’s leadership.
ODI World Cup 2023: Rahul Dravid to be ‘Kabir Khan’ of Chak De
After being dropped from the 2007 ODI World Cup, the Indian team players had to face a lot of things. Effigies were burnt and stones were pelted at the players’ houses. The players were even forced to stop their trips. While Irfan Pathan was pushed while standing in a queue at the airport, MS Dhoni avoided going to Ranchi for some time to prevent any untoward incident.
At that time, the media had created the image of Rahul Dravid as a yes-man captain who allowed coach Greg Chappell to intervene on the field. In any case, after Chappell’s departure, Dravid’s image remained the same as that of a true soldier who should never have been made captain. But now Dravid has a chance to turn all the calculations upside down as a coach. And if the Indian team led by Rohit Sharma becomes the champion, then the curse will be on Dravid.
India World Cup 2007 Squad:
Rahul Dravid (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Robin Uthappa, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh (vice-captain), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, S. Sreesanth, Munaf Patel.