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Former cricketer and head coach of the Indian cricket team, Ravi Shastri is known for his in-depth knowledge of the game of cricket. In a clip released by Star Sports on Twitter, Ravi Shastri stands with other experts to explain why India is capable of lifting the trophy in this edition of the ODI World Cup as well.

When he was asked to give one reason why he thinks India will win the World Cup? He replies, "Because they are playing at home, they have played very good cricket, they have started as favorites but then, the real game starts when you qualify for the Top 4."

Shastri was also in the Kapil Dev-led Indian team when they won the ODI World Cup trophy for the first time in 1983. The final was held at Lord's, London, where they defeated the then defending champions West Indies.

India made a winning start to their World Cup 2023 journey by defeating Australia in yesterday's match at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Australia won the toss and chose to bat first. The team looked confident of setting a tough target, but strong bowling from India restricted the Australian team to 199 runs.

However, in the second innings, the game seemed to be slipping away from India as they lost their first three wickets (Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, and Shreyas Iyer) one after the other for just two runs.

But on the basis of the strong partnership of Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, the team was successful in winning its opening match by 6 wickets.

With India winning the first match of the tournament, Virat Kohli also holds the special record of taking the most catches (16) by an Indian player in the ODI World Cup.

India is now preparing for its second match against Afghanistan on October 11 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.