Former India captain Sourav Ganguly praised Rohit Sharma's "Men in Blue" ahead of the ODI World Cup 2023 final at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday. Speaking to the media after the exciting second semi-final between South Africa and Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, the former president of the India Cricket Board (ICB) expressed his admiration for Team India, describing them as "looking smashing."
The former India skipper extended his best wishes to the team for the upcoming final, emphasizing that if India maintains the same level of performance displayed in the league phase and the semi-final, they will be a formidable force to contend with. He even said that the Australian team have been in great form and the final between both these teams will be a mouthwatering contest.
"India is looking smashing at the moment. I wish them all the best for Ahmedabad. India have played very well in the tournament, and just one match and Australia stand between them and the World Cup trophy. If India continues to play like how they have performed in the tournament so far, then it will be tough to stop them. It will be a good match as Australia has a good team as well," Ganguly remarked.
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The prolific left-hand batter also commended India's resilience in the World Cup, particularly in the semi-final against New Zealand. India's victory in that match, propelled by Virat Kohli's 50th ODI century, Shreyas Iyer's consecutive centuries, and Mohammed Shami's impactful 7-wicket haul, showcased the team's determination.
In the second semi-final, Australia, led by Travis Head’s brilliant all-round performance secured a three-wicket win over South Africa. It was courtesy of this dismissal that set the stage for an exciting World Cup final against the 'Men in Blue.' The cricketing world eagerly anticipates the clash between India and the five-time world champions, Australia at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.