New Delhi. ODI World Cup 2023 is not far away. The 13th season of the ICC tournament is scheduled to be played in India from October 5. A total of 10 teams are entering it. 48 matches will be played in the tournament which will last till November 19. Four players were in the race for a place in the squad for the World Cup. One even got a place in the team, but was later dropped. Here we are talking about Yuzvendra Chahal, Sanju Samson, England’s Jason Roy and Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne. Apart from this, Pakistan’s vice-captain Shadab has to face a big problem before the World Cup. The vice captaincy of the team may be taken away from him. Shaheen Afridi can get this responsibility.
The BCCI announced the India squad for the 3-match ODI series against Australia late on Monday evening. Senior bowler R Ashwin has also been given a place in this. This is being seen as a big change ahead of the World Cup. On the other hand, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was once again overlooked. Chahal has often expressed his pain at being left out of the team. Wicketkeeper batsman Sanju Samson also failed to make room. His record in ODIs has been better than Suryakumar Yadav. Surya was also fielded against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup, but failed. Suryakumar Yadav is also included in the World Cup squad. Chahal and Samson have also been left out of the Asian Games squad. The youth team led by Ruturaj Gaikwad is being sent to China for the Games.
The young player got the place
England’s explosive batsman Jason Roy was included in the 15-man squad announced by the England and Wales Cricket Board for the World Cup, but it has now been changed. Roy has been dropped from the team. Young batsman Harry Brook has been included in his place. Brook has also scored a century in the IPL. He is known for his aggressive batting. Apart from this, if we look at the Australian team, Marnus Labuchen could not make a place in the World Cup team. Recently, he batted brilliantly during the tour of South Africa. Travis Head has a fractured hand. He has also been out of the ODI series against India since September 22, when Labuschagne is in the squad. In such a situation, if he manages to perform well in the series, he can also return to the team.
The spin bowler failed miserably
Shadab Khan is counted among the best all-rounders in the world. But he could not perform anything special in the Asia Cup. Leg spinner Shadab could take only 6 wickets at an average of 40. While India’s left arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav performed brilliantly and took 9 wickets and also became the player of the match of the tournament. Sri Lankan young spinner Dunith Velalage took 10 wickets. Leg-spinner Abrar Ahmed may be included in Pakistan’s squad for the World Cup.
First published: September 19, 2023, 08:59 IST