Indian Cricket is anticipated to have a crucial year because of the upcoming home 50-over World Cup in 2023. Every Indian wants to see Team India raise the World Cup whenever they compete But the Indian squad hasn’t done so since their triumph in 2011 at home.
The biggest event scheduled for this year will be the ODI World Cup 2023. In October and November 2023, the ODI World Cup will be held. All of the matches will be played at various locations in India, which is hosting the tournament. The 13 venues for the event have already been finalized by BCCI
Rahul Dravid Review Indian Cricket Team’s Preparation for ICC ODI World Cup 2023
Rahul Dravid, the head coach of Team India, talked about the country’s preparations for the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 as well as Suryakumar Yadav’s ODI match and how India would approach beating Mitchell Starc.
With the ICC World Test Championship final, Asia Cup and other matches ahead, Dravid discussed how the team was keeping in shape for the event. India has had a chance to build the side they wanted over the last few months, he said.
“In current circumstances, I doubt we’ll play many more games. But we’ve had the chance to play in these conditions in recent months, which is great. I think we have a pretty clear idea of the squad and which players we want.
“The Indian cricket squad has been narrowed down to 17–18 players. But there are still a few players who are recovering from injuries. They could still be considered depending on how quickly they heal and how long it takes them to get back.”
“Overall, I believe that things are going well. The kind of team we want to play for is something we are rather certain about. And perhaps we can give the players we have identified as potential starters as many chances to play. Even if it’s not in India, we just want to provide as many possibilities as we can to develop our side. If it is in India, that’s fantastic.”
Indian Cricket probable squad for the ICC ODI World Cup 2023
Openers- Rohit Sharma (C) and Shubman Gill
Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill are likely to be India’s openers for the ODI World Cup in 2023. Rohit Sharma will serve as the competition’s captain for Team India. The right-handed batsman has 2 centuries and 1 half-century while scoring 371 runs at a strike rate of 46.37 in 8 ODIs this year.
Additionally, Shubman Gill has played terrific cricket in 2023 thus far. In nine ODIs, he has scored 624 runs at a remarkable average of 78.0. Gill has shown that he is currently at the top of his game with 3 tons and 1 fifty.
In an ideal world, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, and Rishabh Pant would have made up the middle order of Indian cricket. Except for Kohli, there is no assurance that the other players will recover in time for the World Cup. While Pant is almost going to miss the World Cup for Team India, Iyer, and Rahul are anticipated to be well and ready to play again.
The Indian selectors will find this to be the most challenging aspect of the problem to solve. To prepare for the possibility that one of Iyer, Rahul, or Pant won’t arrive on time, they must designate backups for each of them.
The next two middle-order batters in line are Suryakumar Yadav and Sanju Samson. India has sought to invest in “SKY” during ODIs But its efforts have yielded disappointing results – an average of 24.05 from 23 ODIs. With the added benefit of being a wicketkeeper, Samson has earned a recall to the ODI team for the West Indies tour.
When it comes to this, Indian cricket is in a good position. Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, and Hardik Pandya, all seamers, seem to be adequate.
If any of these four are no longer available, they do need to identify backups. Team India will have to turn to Vijay Shankar as a potential backup since no other seam-bowling all-rounder has recently been present in the ODI system.
Washington Sundar and Shahbaz Ahmed are two spinners who have been chosen for the Asian Games team. However, they will not be available for the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. As a result, R Ashwin, whose batting credentials in ODIs aren’t very solid, will be required to serve as India’s backup all-round spinner.
In the past year or so, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj have led the Indian cricket ODI bowling assault. Jasprit Bumrah, who seems to be in good shape before the event, should join Team India soon for the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. However, Bumrah’s propensity for injuries will always keep the selectors on their toes.
Among the backups, they have Avesh Khan, Umran Malik, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Sen, and Deepak Chahar who have played ODI cricket for India in the last year or so.