World Cup 2023: The England cricket team, entering the 2023 World Cup as the defending champions, has had a woeful run so far. The string of consecutive losses has raised serious concerns about the team’s performance. Former Indian opening batsman, Virender Sehwag, recently revealed a staggering statistic that sheds light on England’s underwhelming One-Day International (ODI) record.

England’s disappointing journey in the 2023 World Cup continued with a disheartening loss to Sri Lanka. In a match held in Bengaluru, England struggled with the bat, managing to score a mere 156 runs in 33.2 overs. In response, Sri Lanka comfortably chased down the target, losing just two wickets and accomplishing the victory in 25.4 overs.

World Cup 2023: This marks England’s fourth defeat in five matches during the 2023 World Cup, pushing them down to the ninth position in the points table. On the flip side, Sri Lanka has climbed to the fifth position following their triumph over England.

Virender Sehwag, known for his forthright opinions, revealed a shocking statistic that has put England’s ODI history in perspective. In a tweet, he stated that England has historically been a rather ordinary team in ODI cricket. Excluding their 2019 World Cup win, England has failed to reach the semi-finals in seven out of the last eight World Cup tournaments. The lack of stability and frequent changes within the team have taken a toll. England’s misconception that the excitement of Test cricket can be seamlessly translated into the ODI format has resulted in their recent losses.

World Cup 2023 ENG Team
World Cup 2023 ENG Team

World Cup 2023: With their current standing, England’s chances of reaching the semi-finals appear grim. Only a miraculous turnaround can salvage their hopes of making it to the last four in the tournament.

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