The 50-over World Cup will take place later this year in October. For India, the good news is that IPL 2023 has given the team a lot of young talent to consider for the World Cup squad.
These players, based on their good performances in IPL 2023, can make it to the Indian squad which for the 13th edition of the ODI World Cup.
So, here are 4 Indian cricketers we think can make it to the World Cup squad this year:
1. Yashasvi Jaiswal: The 22-year-old left-handed batter has arguably been the best domestic batter this season. Jaiswal is a terrific player of spin bowling and in the last match against KKR, his 26-run knock in the first over of Nitish Rana bears testimony to it.
The young prolific cricketer who made his debut in IPL 2020 has been very good for the Rajasthan Royals (RR) this season. Jaiswal has averaged 52.27 in 12 matches scoring 575 runs at a strike-rate of 167.15.
He single-handedly turned the match around for RR against KKR as he smashed 98 not-out off 47 balls chasing 149 in mere just overs. Jaiswal will certainly be one of the players BCCI might consider for the World Cup squad.
2. Rinku Singh: The Indian team needs a good finisher in its squad, and Rinku Singh woulf be a a good option for it, other than Hardik Pabdya. Rinku has been a star player of KKR this season. He has played some wonderful knocks in the death overs, and took KKR to victory from very tricky situations.
He is a fine player of pace bowling and likes to hit the bowl towards the fine leg and third man. Rinku has duly performed his role in the side as a finisher as he has made 353 runs in 12 matches averaging 50.43 in at a strike-rate of 146.47.
3. Ruturaj Gaikwad: As an opener, Ruturaj Gaikwad has been solid performer this season for Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Gaikwad has averaged 40.80 in 11 matches making 408 runs at a strike-rate of 147.29.
The requirement of Gaikwad as an opener also comes up because Prithvi Shaw and Ishan Kishan, the other two opening batters for Team India haven’t been at their best. While Kishan has played much better averaging 30 In 11 matches, Shaw has been extremely disappointing as the right-handed batter has managed only 47 runs in 6 matches he has played.
The only other option for the Indian team is Shubman Gill, who has performed well for GT this season.
Gaikwad fills the gap as an opener in the Indian squad as he is a good player of pace bowling and makes good use of the first six overs of the Powerplay.
4. Varun Chakravarthy: KKR’s mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy is another player who has strong chances of making it to the India's ODI World Cup squad.
Chakravarthy has taken 17 wickets in 11 matches for KKR this season, and his economy has been 7.95. Being an experienced bowler, the 31-year-old has the ability to hold his nerves and back himself in tense situations.
The leg-spinner pulled off a magnificent victory for KKR against Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 4 when he defended 9 runs in the final over.
Along with Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Chakravarthy will be a good option as a back-up spin bowler in the Indian conditions.
The 50 over World Cup in India will start from October 5 and the final will be played on November 19, 2023.
The clash between India and Pakistan will take place on October 15, 2023.