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Captains’ Day Gala: ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 Promises Thrills and Excitement

The stage is set, and the anticipation is palpable as the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 gets underway in Ahmedabad, India. For the first time in cricketing history, all ten captains have converged at the world’s largest cricket stadium for what promises to be the grandest World Cup spectacle ever.

A Captivating Inaugural Match

Kicking off the tournament with a bang, the opening match will witness India, led by their charismatic captain, Virat Kohli, facing off against arch-rivals England. The world will be watching as these cricketing giants collide in what is expected to be an electrifying encounter.

Before this much-anticipated match, an iconic moment was captured at the Narendra Modi Stadium. Renowned photographer Rohan Shrestha unveiled the official image of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 at the stadium, featuring all ten captains. This image is not only a visual treat but also a testament to the unity and sportsmanship that cricket represents.

Captains’ Interactive Session

In a rare and interactive panel session, all ten captains, including India’s Virat Kohli, Australia’s Pat Cummins, Pakistan’s Babar Azam, and England’s Jos Buttler, came together to share their thoughts and aspirations for the tournament. They discussed their strategies, expectations, and the excitement of playing in front of enthusiastic cricket fans in India.

Pat Cummins, the captain of Australia, expressed his excitement, saying, “There are very few events worldwide where you feel like the whole world is coming together, and every time Australia plays against Pakistan in a World Cup, it feels like one of those moments. Even if you’re not personally involved, you feel like you want to be there, and you want to hear all the commentary and the passion around the game. So, it’s terrific to have it here in this stadium with potentially over 100,000 people.”

Rohit Sharma’s Vision

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, in his usual affable manner, shared his perspective, saying, “I’ve said it from the beginning, you know, every leader sitting here genuinely wants to achieve something special for their country. It’s something that’s invaluable; the World Cup is something I’ve always dreamt of since childhood, and I believe it’s the same for all the boys sitting here. One thing I can say, something that I’m very sure everyone knows, is that people here will enjoy this tournament. The stadium will be jam-packed because people in India love their cricket as much as they love their team, and I think, without a doubt, this is going to be a fantastic tournament.”

Babar Azam’s Gratitude

Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, expressed his gratitude, saying, “We’ve had excellent hospitality, and we weren’t expecting it, but I think the way people have responded, everyone has been very kind to us. We’re here in Hyderabad for a week, so we don’t feel like we’re here. In India, it felt like we were at home. We’ve enjoyed it, and it’s a golden opportunity for everyone to enjoy this tournament.”

Jos Buttler’s Perspective

Jos Buttler, the captain of England, shared his thoughts, “The team has been together for quite a while now since the revolution after 2015, as you mentioned, and I think you’ve said it very accurately. It’s a unique way we play our cricket in England, and we’re keen to continue that. We’ll occasionally get it wrong, but we’ve made peace with it, and it’s something we want to carry on. We want to keep pushing the boundaries and stay ahead. Other teams will catch up, and they’ll push us further, so we want to keep striving and stay at the top of the pile.”

Afghanistan’s Optimism

Afghanistan’s captain, Hashmatullah Shahidi, stated optimistically, “As mentioned earlier, we expect more crowd support and a bigger turnout. We have some excellent spinners, and conditions favor us. We’re confident about our batting as well. I believe we’ll talk about our batting in this World Cup and how good we can be, how good we can perform.”

Bangladesh’s Determination

Shakib Al Hasan, the captain of Bangladesh, said, “I think we’ve prepared well. If we talk about the last four years after the 2019 World Cup, we may be the third or fourth team in the qualification points system. So, we’ve done pretty well as a group. We’re ready as a team, and the nation expects a bit more from us than before.”

The Dutch Challenge

Netherlands captain Scott Edwards commented, “I think it’s a challenge for all teams in this tournament. Many teams have players who have played in India and performed well in India, so I won’t say it’s a unique advantage for us. But, yes, for us as a group, we’re very passionate about this tournament. We can use this experience and apply it to our team and our plans. I won’t say it’s a unique advantage for a team as such.”

Sri Lanka’s Hopes

Sri Lanka’s captain, Dushmantha Chameera, stated, “Look, it’s an exciting time for us. We’ve struggled with injuries in the past, but we also have some good records. As a group, we’re waiting for the World Cup. Everyone wants to put up a good show.”


The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 promises to be a cricketing extravaganza like no other. With captains from around the world sharing their enthusiasm and optimism, cricket fans worldwide can look forward to witnessing incredible matches and memorable moments. The stage is set, the teams are ready, and cricket fever is about to grip the globe.

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