World Cup Early Start: India captain Rohit Sharma seconds Ravichandran Ashwin on 11 AM start for ICC World Cup 2023, says ‘I like the idea of early start’

World Cup Early Start – ICC ODI World CUP: Indian skipper Rohit Sharma has given a thumbs up to Ashwin’s idea for…

World Cup Early Start – ICC ODI World CUP: Indian skipper Rohit Sharma has given a thumbs up to Ashwin’s idea for starting the World Cup matches early. To note, the Indian spinner had earlier opined that the matches for the upcoming ODI World Cup should start two hours early as compared to current timings to negate the dew factor.  Follow 2023 World Cup live updates on Insidesport.IN

“It is a good idea. It is a World Cup right. You don’t want to compromise too much on the toss factor. You want to completely take that away. I like the idea of an early start but don’t know if it is possible. The broadcasters will decide (laughs),” said Rohit ahead of the first ODI against NewZealand.

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World Cup Early Start: India captain Rohit Sharma seconds Ravichandran Ashwin on 11 AM start for ICC World Cup 2023, says ‘I like the idea of early start’

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Ideally you don’t want to see teams getting advantage of dew. You want to see cricket being played without one having an advantage of batting under lights with dew around,” the Indian skipper added.

The 2023 ICC Men’s ODI World Cup will be held in India and teams have started preparing for the marquee event. Among the various factors that the participants will be wary of includes the dew which has virtually given the team batting second (under the lights) an unfair advantage.

For a long time now, teams winning the toss have been opting to bowl first considering how the arrival of dew ends up playing a major role in the chase with the ball getting wet and difficult to get hold of.


As mentioned above, Ashwin had earlier suggested the idea to negate the dew factor by starting the day-night matches a couple of hours early than the current time of 1:30 PM (IST). “My suggestion – or rather my opinion – for the World Cup is to look at what venues we are playing in, and at what times. Why shouldn’t we start matches at 11.30am during the World Cup?” Ashwin said on his YouTube channel.

Ashwin pointed out the recent example of how in the chase of a mammoth total of 374 against India in Guwahati, Sri Lanka were able to recover from 206/8 to cut down the defeat margin to 67 runs. “India batted beautifully on a slow wicket (in Guwahati) and posted a score well above par. Still they ended up having to fight tooth and nail,” he added.

World Cup Early Start: India captain Rohit Sharma seconds Ravichandran Ashwin on 11 AM start for ICC World Cup 2023, says ‘I like the idea of early start’

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