2023 is set to be an important year for Indian cricket with an upcoming home 50-over World Cup. The Indian team hasn't won a World Cup trophy since their triumph in 2011 at home. Men in Blue are set to play 15 ODIs and an Asia Cup before the World Cup in preparation to reclaim the World title.
Over the last 12 years, India has failed to reach the World Cup final twice with semi-final finishes in 2015 and 2019. The Men in Blue registered 14 wins in the past year at a win percentage of 58.33%. These numbers reflect that the team was performing at a high level but still has a lot of room for improvement.
The Indian team struggled to win overseas with nine wins, seven losses and two no results. But on the other hand, Men in Blue continued their dominant run at home where they had five wins out of six games.
So moving ahead toward the 2023 World Cup, SportsTiger makes an early prediction of a possible Indian squad. The batting is led by captain Rohit Sharma along with veteran star Virat Kohli, who would want to recreate the triumph of 2011. The other batters in the team would be established stars like Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav and Shubman Gill.
The all-rounders of the team would include seasoned campaigners like Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja alongside the likes of Axar Patel and Washington Sundar. The wicket-keeping spot will be open after Rishabh Pant’s accident, keeping him away for a long time. But we believe Pant would recover in time to be at least a backup for the Indian team. Other glovemen with Pant would be Kl Rahul, Sanju Samson, and Ishan Kishan.
The Indian bowling attack will be led by Jasprit Bumrah, who hopefully should be fit for the World Cup. Bumrah will be the spearhead of the pace battery comprising the stars like Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik. The spin attack of the team will have Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav along with a myriad of all-rounders.
India Probable 20-man squad for ICC 50-over World Cup:
Batters: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav
Wicket-keepers: Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant, Kl Rahul, Sanju Samson
All-Rounders: Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar
Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik