With the IND vs NZ ODI series, India begins its preparations for the ODI World Cup 2023. Even though the majority of the top players are on vacation, the context is still present.
India will play exactly 21 ODIs to choose the World Cup 2023 team. Since the 2019 World Cup, India has already seen 44 players in auditions, but 31 players are still in the running.
In the New Zealand series, VVS Laxman has access to 14 of them, with Shikhar Dhawan still competing for a slot. Rohit Sharma will return for the Bangladesh series to serve as the captain. The 2019 World Cup has brought attention to the T20s.
In the past three and a half years, India has only participated in 39 ODIs. Only six players have unusually participated in more than 20 ODIs. India is therefore not yet a fully established team. In reality, India has played 44 different players in 13 series since the World Cup. Only Dhawan has played in excess of thirty.
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Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan, & Prithvi Shaw.
Shikhar Dhawan’s position in the Indian ODI team is still up for question despite captaining the team in New Zealand. Although he may be the most reliable scorer, his sharp decline in strike rate is worrying.
Dhawan has played in 31 ODIs since the 2019 World Cup, recording 1192 runs at an average of 45.84. The strike rate, however, has drastically decreased. The most debatable aspect is his 83 strikeout rate.
Despite Rohit Sharma’s desire for an aggressive approach, Dhawan has had trouble slipping into the part. Shubman Gill is a fierce competitor of his. Since making his ODI debut, the Punjab opener has been averaging above 70.
Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, & Rajat Patidar
There are far too many middle-order alternatives for India. Even while every team wishes they could have that privilege, it makes choosing players a challenge. KL Rahul will undoubtedly be moved to the middle of the order if Dhawan continues.
On for India in the World Cup. India must make a decision regarding Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, and Deepak Hooda as well. Not to mention that in ODIs, Rahul Tripathi has been warming the bench.
Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Hooda, Shardul Thakur, Shahbaz Ahmed
If he remains healthy, Hardik Pandya will play in the World Cup. He will be essential to India’s home World Cup campaign. Washington Sundar, Deepak Hooda, Shardul Thakur, and Deepak Chahar might all be in the running as a result of India’s desire for all-rounders.
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R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami. Deepak Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Prasidh Krishna, Shardul Thakur, Umran Malik & Mohammed Siraj.
The abundance of pace bowlers available to India is a luxury. But when Bumrah wasn’t present, it frequently lacked edge. Prasidh and Bumrah are currently unable due to their injuries.
Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami, two seasoned pacers, are also available for India. But they are a very unorganized group. India does not have any trained finger-spinners in New Zealand. India wants to challenge Washington in ODIs despite Ashwin’s absence.
India already has two wrist spinners in Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. However, each have recently faced difficulties of its own. To put it frankly, even 11 months before the World Cup, India lacks a stable of spinners.