Who is Favourite India vs Pakistan at World Cup?

India vs Pakistan at the World Cup is one of cricket’s most exciting games across formats. Many fans can’t seem to tell the favourite between both sides as they usually field talented players in every department. The favourite to win in this game at the World Cup is still under debate even after India outclassed Pakistan at Asia Cup 2023.

India vs Pakistan in international tournaments has been so tight since the 2019 World Cup. Both teams have not managed successive victories against each other since 2019, making their next encounter all the more exciting.  

Who is the Favourite Between India vs Pakistan at the ODI World Cup 2023?

Some factors like home advantage and a strong squad with few injuries could give India a slight edge over Pakistan. However, it would be an unwise decision to write off Pakistan in any ODI event. Pakistan maintains one of the best ODI records in recent tournaments and could be the surprise package against complacent teams.

Indian cricket great Ravi Shastri weighed in on the debate, citing composure as the main factor to determine who wins between both teams

That’s what’s important, keeping calm and treating it as just another game. And not overhype it in your mind that makes you think differently. Your game has to be the same as it would be in any other game. But because of that subconscious pressure, it’s the mentally tough guys who normally get it right…,”

When you look at the mix of players on either side, they are fabulous. And it will be a spectacle. In an India-Pakistan game, it is about who handles pressure better, who is calmer, whose thought process is clear. Those are the guys who will come through in those big occasions,”

India Full Round-Robin Stage Schedule at ODI World Cup 2023

India kicks off their ODI World Cup 2023 campaign against an experienced Australia side on October 8, 2023 in Chennai. The team will face Afghanistan on October 11 in Delhi and lock horns with Pakistan in Ahmedabad on October 14.

Other games scheduled for the team will see them face Bangladesh, New Zealand, England, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and the Netherlands from October 19 to November 12.

India will be one of the most traveled squads at this tournament with all their scheduled round-robin games taking place in nine (9) different cricket grounds. See the full schedule and match venues for India below:

Sun, 08 October, 2023India v AustraliaChidambaram, Chennai
Wed, 11 October, 2023India v AfghanistanArun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
Sat, 14 October, 2023India v PakistanNarendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
Thu, 19 October, 2023India v BangladeshMaharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Gahunje
Sun, 22 October, 2023India v New ZealandHimachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala
Sun, 29 October, 2023India v EnglandBRSABV Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
Thu, 02 November, 2023India v Sri LankaWankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Sun, 05 November, 2023India v South AfricaEden Gardens, Kolkata
Sun, 12 November, 2023India v NetherlandsM. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

Pakistan Full Round-Robin Stage Schedule at ODI World Cup 2023

The Men in Green are on schedule to play nine (9) round-robin format games at ODI World Cup 2023.

The first couple of matches is on schedule to happen in Hyderabad (v Netherlands and Australia on October 6 and 10 respectively) before touring Ahmedabad (v India), Bengaluru (v Australia and New Zealand), Chennai (v Afghanistan and South Africa), and Kolkata (v Bangladesh and England). See the full team schedule for group stage matches below:

Fri, 06 October, 2023Pakistan v NetherlandsRajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Tue, 10 October, 2023Pakistan v Sri LankaRajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Sat, 14 October, 2023India v PakistanNarendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
Fri, 20 October, 2023Australia v PakistanM. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Mon, 23 October, 2023Pakistan v AfghanistanChidambaram, Chennai
Fri, 27 October, 2023Pakistan v South AfricaChidambaram, Chennai
Tue, 31 October, 2023Pakistan v BangladeshEden Gardens, Kolkata
Sat, 04 November, 2023New Zealand v PakistanM. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Sat, 11 November, 2023England v PakistanEden Gardens, Kolkata

India Full ODI World Cup 2023 Squad

Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (vc), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Washington Sundar, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav

Pakistan Full ODI World Cup 2023 Squad

Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Shaheen Afridi, Saud Shakeel, Hasan Ali

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