Experienced Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has boldly shared his prediction for the upcoming 2023 World Cup in India. Marsh is of the belief that India will not make it to the tournament’s final, instead envisioning a showdown between Pakistan and Australia. This audacious statement by Marsh challenges the recent trend of the host nation winning the last three ODI World Cups, with India, Australia, and England claiming victories in 2011, 2015, and 2019, respectively. If Marsh’s prediction materializes, it could send ripples through the cricketing world, particularly among Indian fans, as their rivals from Pakistan would be within striking distance of securing a World Cup victory on Indian soil.

Marsh made these intriguing predictions during an appearance on the Club Prairie Fire podcast, hosted by cricket legends Adam Gilchrist and Michael Vaughan. In response to Vaughan’s playful inquiry about potential World Cup finalists, Marsh paused before confidently stating, “I genuinely believe it will be Australia vs. Pakistan in the final.”

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This unexpected forecast took both Vaughan and Gilchrist by surprise, as they may have been anticipating a prediction of an Australia vs. India final. Mitchell Marsh is set to play a pivotal role in Australia’s lineup during the 2023 World Cup, having displayed impressive form across both white-ball and red-ball cricket throughout the year. In 2023, Marsh has amassed 647 international runs for Australia in 14 innings across the three formats, boasting an impressive average of 64. His remarkable performance includes a century in the Ashes 2023 series and five half-centuries.

The 31-year-old all-rounder recently had the opportunity to captain Australia in the T20I and ODI series against South Africa, stepping in for the injured Pat Cummins. Under Marsh’s leadership, Australia achieved a clean sweep of South Africa in the T20I series with a 3-0 victory and took a 1-0 lead in the ODI series. Notably, in the second ODI, Australia posted a formidable total of 392/8, driven by centuries from David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne.

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