The 13th edition of the ODI World Cup concluded on Sunday, November 19 as Australia became the champions for a record-extending sixth time by defeating India by six wickets at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Legendary India all-rounder Irfan Pathan was a part of the Hindi commentary team for the official broadcasters of the marquee event. On Monday, he took to social media to pick a 12-man squad of the best-performing players in the tournament. Pathan picked five players from the Indian team, who had a sensational World Cup campaign. Meanwhile, three South African players and two players each from Australia and New Zealand made the cut.
Pathan picked India captain Rohit Sharma to lead the side and Quinton de Kock was named as his fellow opener. Virat Kohli, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, and Glenn Maxwell form the middle order. South African pace-bowling duo of Marco Jansen and Gerald Coetzee will follow. Adam Zampa, who was the best spinner in the tournament by a distance, unsurprisingly found a place in the side. The highest wicket-taker in the tournament – Mohammed Shami and his compatriot Jasprit Bumrah were also named in the squad. Shreyas Iyer, who scored a phenomenal century against New Zealand in the semifinals, was kept at No. 12 on the list posted by Pathan.
‘Just one bad game’ – Irfan Pathan lauded the Indian team after CWC 2023 final
The 39-year-old praised the Indian team that won 10 consecutive games en route to the final. Pathan noted that the team had just one game and that happened to be the final.
“Just one bad game in the entire World Cup for team India and that too in the final. Love and respect for our team. #WorldCup2023,” Pathan wrote on X.
Just one bad game in the entire World Cup for team India and that to in the final. Love and respect for our team. #WorldCup2023
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) November 19, 2023
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