The teams are beginning to announce their squads for the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 in India. All the teams need to finish picking their 15 players by September 28. If they want to make any changes after that date, they need permission from the ICC. So far, England, Australia and India have finalized their squad for the World Cup. On September 5, 2023, India announced their 15 World Cup players. Let’s see what the Indian ODI squad for the World Cup looks like.
India ODI Squad for Men's World Cup 2023
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj.
Analysis of India Men's ODI Squad in ICC World Cup 2023
Previously, the BCCI selection committee announced the 15-member World Cup squad immediately after the India-Pakistan Asia Cup group stage match on Saturday. Indian team chief selector Ajit Agarkar went to Sri Lanka to hold final talks about the team selection. He sat in a meeting with captain Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid after the India-Pakistan match in Kandy on Saturday. Now, India confirmed a 15-player squad for their home World Cup campaign.
Sanju Samson, who was part of the squad for the West Indies series that ended this month, was not selected for the World Cup. However, he is in the Asia Cup as a stand-by. Tilak Verma and Prasidh Krishna, who were in the 18-man squad for the Asia Cup, were also left out of the World Cup squad.
As anticipated, Rohit Sharma has been appointed as the captain to lead India in the upcoming World Cup. In addition, the in-form wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan has earned his place in the World Cup squad. Apparently, Sanju is left out due to Ishan Kishan’s recent aggressive performance. The selection committee has chosen this left-handed, aggressive batsman over Sanju.
India's batting line-up consists of Rohit, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan, KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav. In the allrounder category are Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel and Shardul Thakur. Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, and Mohammad Siraj, along with Kuldeep Yadav, will handle the bowling department.
Previously, KL Rahul has been ruled out of the first two matches of the Asia Cup due to not being fully recovered from injury. He will participate in the Asia Cup Super-Four round. However, his inclusion in the next Asia Cup matches is not confirmed yet, but it is certain that the wicketkeeper batsman will be in the World Cup squad. So, India will begin their World Cup 2023 journey with two wicket keepers.
Key Indian Players to Watch in The World Cup 2023
As we approach the 2023 World Cup, all eyes are on Rohit Sharma, the electrifying opening batsman. His dazzling display in the 2019 edition, where he notched up an astounding five centuries, is still a record in the cricketing world. He made history by becoming the first batsman ever to score five centuries in a single World Cup tournament. His phenomenal performance resulted in him finishing as the tournament's highest run-scorer, amassing an astonishing total of 648 runs. While some may have questioned his recent form, there's unanimous agreement about his standing as one of the premier players globally.
Rohit Sharma's ODI career consists of an impressive 9848 runs from 246 matches, including an amazing 30 centuries and three double centuries. Beyond his batting expertise, he brings leadership skills to the table, aiming to guide India to championship glory.
Amidst the spotlight on standout performers, the heart and soul of Team India, former captain Virat Kohli, continues to perform strongly. Kohli's batting expertise is a testimony to his unmatched consistency and hunger for runs, making him one of the most reliable players on the global stage. His remarkable form in 2023 reaffirms his status as a strong batter, sending warning signals to the opposition.
Virat appeared in three ODI World Cups from 2011 to 2019 and showcased his batting skills in 26 matches, accumulating a total of 1030 runs, which included two centuries. Notably, his highest score of 107, achieved in a memorable match against Pakistan during the 2015 edition, remains notable in cricketing history.
India's bowling prowess greatly depends on Jasprit Bumrah, the forefront of their pace attack, renowned for making opposition batsmen tremble. With an impressive total of 121 wickets from 73 ODI matches with a 6/19 best bowling figure, Bumrah's unique ability to deliver crucial overs at various moments of the innings makes him a vital asset for the Indian team.
Starting his career in 2016, Bumrah played one ODI World Cup in 2019 and took 18 wickets from 9 matches with a 4/55 best-blowing figure. Although fitness has been an issue for Bumrah, a fit and in-form Bumrah can undeniably elevate India's performance in the World Cup 2023.
In the dynamic landscape of Indian cricket, Shubman Gill has emerged as a charismatic young opener, capturing the spotlight with his exceptional performances on the international stage. Gill's cricketing journey includes a memorable double-century against New Zealand, an innings that left a lasting impression on the cricketing world. This remarkable display of talent and consistency has boosted the team's confidence, leading to Gill's rise as the preferred opening partner.
Read more: Bangladesh's Fixtures for ICC World Cup 2023
Gill's impressive record of accumulating 1447 runs in 29 ODIs speaks to the capabilities of his fearless batting prowess, firmly establishing him as one of India's brightest stars in the world of white-ball cricket. As the cricketing world approaches the 2023 ODI World Cup, the anticipation surrounding Gill's charismatic performances and the endless potential he brings to India's pursuit of glory on the grand stage is intense and eagerly awaited.
Ravindra Jadeja's overall performance in various formats elevates him to a crucial figure to keep an eye on in the 2023 World Cup. While his presence in ODI cricket has been somewhat limited since 2019, his remarkable showings in the Test and T20I formats underline his immense potential as a match-altering force. With his allrounder talents, encompassing sharp spin bowling and electric fielding, Jadeja will need to copy Yuvraj Singh's performance from the 2011 World Cup to boost India’s chances this year. Jadeja played 10 matches in two World Cups in 2015 and 2019. He scored 134 runs and took 11 wickets. Overall, he played 179 ODIs in total, scored 2574 runs, and grabbed 194 wickets.
Excitement is on the rise as the eagerly anticipated 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup draws near, and the entire cricketing world has all the attention towards India squad. Prepared with an impressive squad that blends the experience of seasoned veterans alongside rising talents, the Indian team stands ready to leave a memorable performance at the World Cup 2023.