Indian cricket fans are incredibly excited as the cricketing world prepares for the eagerly awaited World Cup 2023. This year’s cricketing schedule will be made much more exciting by the Indian Men’s Cricket Team’s historic participation in the Asian Games.
Five players who missed out on the opportunity to participate in the Asian Games 2023 are now excited as they might be considered for the World Cup. For the first time, the Indian Men’s Cricket Team is going to take part in the Asian Games. Ajit Agarkar lead selection committee has already announced the squad. However, they left out some prominent names due to their commitment to the One-Day International (ODI) World Cup 2023 happening at the same time.
Let’s Know Who can come in to the team for World Cup 2023
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Sanju Samson: A Wicketkeeper-Batsman
Sanju Samson, the talented wicketkeeper-batsman, has faced his share of setbacks due to injuries, causing him to miss several international matches. However, with a strong comeback against the West Indies in the Test series, Samson has proven his resilience. Although he wasn’t selected for the Asian Games. But his impressive performances in recent months have captured the attention of cricket enthusiasts. Scoring 362 runs in 14 matches during the IPL 2023 with an average of 30.17 and a strike rate of 153.39, Samson’s form is hard to ignore. He could be a vital member of India’s final 15 to win the World Cup 2023 because of his ability to perform in all formats of the game.
Ishan Kishan: An Explosive Talent with Versatility
Ishan Kishan, wicketkeeper-batsman, has earned his reputation as a dynamic and explosive player, particularly in the T20 format. But Kishan has overcome that reputation after scoring 210 against Bangladesh last year. His proficiency in both opening the innings and playing in the middle order makes him a strong contender for the World Cup 2023 squad, especially if Rahul and Pant are unavailable. In the previous IPL, Kishan amassed 454 runs in 16 matches with an average of 30.27 and a strike rate of 142.77. In challenging scenarios during the World Cup, his capacity to change the result of a game in a handful of overs can be essential.
Umran Malik: The Emerging Pacer with Express Pace
The young Indian pacer, Umran Malik, might not have received many opportunities in the IPL this year, but he showcased his potential by making it to India’s T20 squad for the Australia series. The anticipation among fans is high, hoping to see Malik’s fiery pace in action during the Asian Games, which could secure him a spot in the World Cup squad ahead of renowned fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah. With bowling speeds exceeding 150 kmph and 14 wickets in 8 ODI matches at an average of 27.31 and an economy rate of 6.45, Malik’s talent is undeniable. If he can deliver according to his ability, he will become a valuable member of the World Cup 2023 team.
Kuldeep Yadav: The Skillful Left-Arm Wrist Spinner
Kuldeep Yadav, a skillful left-arm wrist spinner, missed out on the Asian Games squad, but his fans are hopeful for his comeback. With Ravichandran Ashwin, Shahbaz Ahmed, and Washington Sundar featuring as the chosen spinners for the tournament, Yadav faces stiff competition. However, his past performances are promising, boasting 134 wickets in 81 ODIs at an average of 27.49 and an economy rate of 5.22. Known for his proficiency in the middle overs, Kuldeep Yadav could prove to be a valuable asset in the World Cup 2023 if he regains his form and secures a spot in the squad.
Shikhar Dhawan: The Dependable Opener
The news of Shikhar Dhawan leading the Indian team in the Asian Games sparked excitement among fans. However, his absence from the final squad took everyone by surprise. Nevertheless, there is a strong possibility that Dhawan might be considered as a backup player for the World Cup 2023 by the management. He played 167 ODI matches for India. With an average of 44.1, Dhawan scored 6793 runs and a strike rate of 93.09. Dhawan is experienced and he has a good record with Rohit Sharma in the opening position. Also, Dhawan is a left-handed batsman. So he is a valuable contender for the World Cup 2023 squad.
The road to the World Cup 2023 is filled with anticipation and dreams for these five Indian cricketers. Although they missed the chance to participate in the Asian Games, their hope and excitement for securing a spot in the World Cup 2023 squad remain undeterred. The country excitedly anticipates the final squad’s announcement as the tournament draws near. In the hopes that these gifted individuals would be given the chance to represent India in the World Cup 2023. And excel in the renowned competition. The World Cup 2023 promises to be a spectacle of cricketing brilliance, and these players, with their skills and determination, can play an instrumental role in India’s quest for ultimate glory.