ICC World Cup 2023 predictions: Odds, favourite, who will win?

Cricket World Cup predictions has Team India winning the World Cup on their home soil, with odds of 2.00 for the Men in Blue after five wins out of five to begin the tourament.

As the host nation, India will have the advantage of home conditions, as well as a very strong side that has been performing very well in the ODI format for quite a while. Couple that with the fact that the last 3 editions have been won by the host teams, and you can see the bookmakers’ reasoning. 

ICC World Cup 2023 predictions and odds

TeamOdds of winning World Cup
South Africa5.50
New Zealand6.50
Sri Lanka251.00

Who are the other contenders?

After the first half of league matches, India, South Africa and New Zealand have raced ahead of the pack and are dominating their matches. Australia started off with two losses, but have made a strong recovery whereas England and Pakistan have lost the race and have gone down the pecking order for the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, a dark horse has emerged in Afghanistan. They not only humbled defending champions England but also went on to knock off another win against Pakistan. They ow have Sri Lanka and Netherlands in their next two fixtures and are serious contenders to reach the semi-finals if they can win those two games as tough as it might seem.

Cricket World Cup predictions: Betting tips and odds
Photo by Icon Sport

The hot favourites

India are all but assured of making the semi-finals and have odds of 2.00 to win the title now having won five out of five games and appearing unbeatable in the league stages. They have a tough set of games coming up with England and South Africa games among them.

When it comes to cricket World Cup odds, Australia are always among the favourites. They are the record five-time champion of the tournament and always get to the latter stages. The Aussie way isn’t about any particular style, it's about winning.

Australia have a wonderful blend of experience and youth, a number of high-quality pace-bowling all-rounders, and a powerful pace bowling unit that can do damage on any surface. The odds reflect that, putting them second in the favored list with odds of 5.00. Their batting against spin can be their main undoing, however.

This has already proven true with two losses in two games against big dogs India and South Africa. However, Australia are back with wins over Sri Lanka and Pakistan have easier fixtures going forward. They are also set to receive a boost in the form of Travis Head who will return after injury.

South Africa may have never won the tournament but they have gone close several times and fallen short, thus their infamous nickname, “Chokers”. They will be hoping this is their year with a rejuvenated squad. They had a strong start this tournament with two wins out of two, including one over Australia. Even with a shock loss to Netherlands, their odds have climbed to 5.50 on the back of two thumping wins over England and Bangladesh.

South Africa are looking at a squad with a lot of potential, and they have a group well versed in playing franchise cricket who will be key to their challenge. However some of their player’s inexperience in these conditions could prove to be the main obstacle later in the tournament.

The chasing pack

England's prospects of securing a spot in the top four of the ICC World Cup 2023 and advancing to the semi-finals hang in the balance. Yet, under the leadership of Jos Buttler, the team still has a shot at a top-four position, provided they don't face any more defeats.

If they clinch victories in their upcoming five games, they can amass a total of 12 points. This tally might be sufficient to land them in the third or fourth spot in the standings. However, another setback for England could severely jeopardize their hopes of making it to the semi-finals.

Pakistan's journey to the semi-finals of the World Cup 2023 is riddled with various possibilities. Firstly, if they manage to clinch victories in all their upcoming matches, they could accumulate 12 points, enhancing their chances of a semi-final berth.

However, even in this favorable scenario, Australia's performance remains a crucial factor that could influence Pakistan's prospects. On the other hand, a defeat, especially against strong contenders like New Zealand or South Africa, might muddle their path forward.

Their aspirations could be in serious jeopardy if they suffer setbacks in multiple matches. Furthermore, Australia's potential to dominate in their remaining games stands as a significant threat to Pakistan's semi-final ambitions.

Thus, the bookmakers have them at odds of 23.00 to win the World Cup, behind the pool of the big three and some early performers at the tournament.

Cricket World Cup History

Cricket World Cup was first played in 1975, a revolutionary event that has shaped the fate of the game from there on. West Indies won the first two editions with their mighty sides in the 1970s. Team India pulled one of the greatest upsets of all time by winning it 1983, as they did it again in 2011 and hoping for a repeat in 2023.

The Australian domination began in 1987, and they are the most successful side with 5 trophies. Sri Lanka and Pakistan have each won once and England finally won their first one in 2019 after participating in all the editions from the beginning. 

Cricket World Cup predictions 2023 and betting odds:

The hot favourites to win the Cricket World Cup predictions in 2023 are:

India, being the hosts, are deemed as a strong contender to win the World Cup. The Men in Blue have been exceptional in bilateral cricket over the years. Recently, they also beat Australia 2-1 in the ODI series. Rohit Sharma has led Mumbai Indians (MI) to five Indian Premier League (IPL). Can he now pull off something similar for India? India have odds of 2.10.

The Cricket World Cup predictions for contenders are:

Australia have won the World Cup five times and hence, one cannot count them out by any means. They have odds of 5.00 to win the title on Indian soil.

South Africa are yet to win the title despite having some of the best players in the business over the years. Under Temba Bavuma, they will be fancying their chances of securing a win. They have odds of 5.50.

New Zealand finished as the runners-up in the 2015 and 2019 World Cups, losing to Australia and England respectively. Led by Kane Williamson, the Black Caps will be aiming to finally lift the coveted trophy. They have odds of 6.50 after a great start to the tournament.

Pakistan are currently the No.1 ranked team in ODIs and are known for their unpredictable brand of cricket. Their odds are 23.00

The dark horses’ Cricket World Cup 2023 odds:

Bangladesh have not won a World Cup since making their debut back in 1999. Back in 2015, they made their way through to the quarterfinal after beating England. Shakib Al Hasan and Co. need to pull off something spectacular to win the title. They have odds of 501.00.

Sri Lanka, captained by Dasun Shanaka, enter the World Cup as dark horses, and can take down some big teams. They have odds of 251.0 in the World Cup 2023

Afghanistan and Netherlands are the outsiders with Odds of 126 and 1001 respectively, but Afghanistan has the potential to pull some massive upsets, as they showed against England and Pakistan.

Jish BJish B

Born to a cricket-crazy father and a writer mother, Jish combined his parents' passions to fuel his own dreams of being a sports journalist. If it's got a scoring system and needs to be written about, chances are this guy has written about it.