England ropes an Indian sidearm specialist for the ODI World Cup

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The defending champions, England, have appointed Saurabh Ambatkar, India’s side-arm specialist, for the ODI World Cup 2023. The idea is to tackle left-arm seamers well in the tournament. He joined the squad in Guwahati ahead of the warm-up match against India.

Notably, there’s a surge in sidearm specialists in modern-day cricket. Saurabh, meanwhile, has worked with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) before. Hence, he can prove to be extremely impactful for England cricket team. 

England, meanwhile, have a history of struggling against left-arm pacers, as players like Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff and Trent Boult have a lot of success against them. In the 2023 edition, Starc, Boult and Shaheen Afridi can prove to be deadly against them. Therefore, they have roped an specialist.

Other than a side-arm specialist, England has also enlisted a local massage therapist. Mahesh Arya will be joining their medical team and will be part of the team for the entire tournament. He will be supporting Mark Saxby, physio Craig de Weymarn, strength and conditioning coach Andy Mitchell, and team doctor Rob Young.

England in their title defence are considered among the hot favourites to successfully achieve it. Addition of these two specialist in the support staff can prove to a great asset. However, the Mega-event to be played in the round-robin format. Each team will play against each other in the league format. Where after top 4 teams will proceed to the knock-outs. The finale of the marquee will take place on 19th November in Ahmedabad.

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