World Cup 2023 india squad: ICC ODI World Cup 2023: KL Rahul back in Team India, Chahal and Samson dropped


India has announced its 15-member squad for ODI World Cup 2023. KL Rahul has been included, but Tilak Varma, Yuzvendra Chahal and Sanju Samson were left out.

While KL Rahul is back in the squad despite not playing competetive game since May due to injury, middle-order batter Tilak Varma and pacer Prasidh Krishna also were unable to book a berth in the World Squad despite even as they are part of team that is playing the Asia Cup now.

Rahul, according to some reports, may also be India’s first-choice wicketkeeper, instead of in-form Ishan Kishan. Kishan top-scored with 82 in a recent rain-hit match against arch rivals Pakistan in Asia Cup game on September 2, scoring his fourth straight ODI half century.

The team also includes captain Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav.

The team selection, which has been the subject of great speculation and discussion among cricket enthusiasts. While the deadline to submit the World Cup squad to the ICC was September 5, teams can make changes until September 28 without needing ICC’s approval.

Jasprit Bumrah, who is just back in India’s squad after a prolonged injury, will spearhead the national team’s pace attack. Kuldeep Yadav will be the frontline wrist-spinner, but India still lacks an offspinner in the squad.

Yuzvendra Chahal, popular for his legbreak googly bowling style, missed the bus again after he was dropped in the Asia Cup tournament. Chahal until recent months had been a key figure in the Indian team. He represented India in 72 ODI matches and picked 121 wickets, having made his debut in 2016 to evolve with skills and lead the spin attack.

Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja will be the other spin options in the World Cup that will be played in India where pitches tend to offer more to spinners than the pacers. Patel and Jadeja’s spin skills come with the combo of batting prowess too and the two have often smashed bowlers out of the park to set up wins in key clashes.

Hardik Pandya, who will be the vice captain, is India’s another stron genuine allrounder.

“Keep your chin up, be ready for next opportunity,” Captain Rohit Sharma told players who missed out. “We have a nice balance in the team, which was well thought out,” he added.

“We need to create both bowling and batting depth…that is what was lacking in our team for a few years. When you talk about batting depth, the No. 8 and No. 9 positions become very crucial…We have spoken to the bowlers…how they need to put their hand up to do the job for the team with the bat as well….it’s just that you got to be mindful of what you do…i will try to use my resources the best I can,” Sharma said at the press conference.

Chief selector for BCCI, Ajit Agarkar said, “there are discussions, because you want best balance….Kuldeep takes the ball away from left-handers…if you have quality bowlers, they will get to the opposition.”

The World Cup will be played across 10 venues, and there will be 48 matches. India will begin their World Cup campaign with a match against Australia on October 8 in Chennai. India will face Pakistan on October 14 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

The last time an ODI World Cup was held in India (2011), the hosts went on to clinch the trophy beating Sri Lanka in the final. The Indian team is currently in Sri Lanka for the Asia Cup and has qualified for the Super Four stage.

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