ICC ODI World Cup 2023 is scheduled to start from 5 October 2023 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, with a clash between the current champions, England and the 2019 World Cup runner-ups, New Zealand. A total of 10 teams are going to participate in the tournament, and each team will play a total of 9 matches during the league stage. The top four teams from the league stage will qualify for the semi-finals, and the victor in those contests will reach the finals, which is also going to be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in India. The hot nation, India, will start its campaign with a marquee clash against Australia at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai on 8th October 2023. The Indian team, which will carry the hopes of more than a billion people, has already announced the squad for the ODI World Cup 2023. A total of 15 men have been announced in India’s World Cup squad, which will try to bring the glory home. Here, we have covered the best possible playing XI of Team India for the upcoming ODI World Cup.
Team India Squad for 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
Best Playing XI for Team India in ODI World Cup 2023
Openers: Rohit Sharma (C) & Shubman Gill
The young blood Shubman Gill has quickly made his place in the Indian team, and the red-hot form that he is carrying this year makes him the best partner for the Indian captain Rohit Sharma at the top. Gill is a naturally attacking bowler who will take the bowlers on, while Sharma can take his time to settle and then go after the attack. Together, the pair recently unleashed hell against the Pakistanis in Asia Cup 2023, and the Indian fans are hoping that they will replicate the same sort of success in the upcoming ODI World Cup 2023.
Middle Order: Virat Kohli, KL Rahul (WK), Suryakumar Yadav
Virat Kohli is a no-brainer at number three in ODIs. He is undoubtedly the best batter in the world at number three in ODIs. Kohli recently proved his class against the famous Pakistani attack in Asia Cup 2023 and notched up an unbeaten century. On the other hand, KL Rahul has made a fantastic return in ODIs. He, too, blasted a century against Pakistan in the Asia Cup and returned to the glove duties in the very next match. He is showcasing his class and is ready for the challenge in World Cup 2023. Lastly, Suryakumar Yadav is an important player who is yet to fire for ODIs in India. However, he has that X factor, which would scare any other team in the tournament. On his lucky day, SKY could win a game on his own, just like a lucky person who could win a jackpot in a casino and turn his luck around at a moment’s notice. He could be the reason behind India’s success in World Cup 2023.
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya & Ravindra Jadeja
Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja are the two players except for Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, who are expected to play all the matches for India in ODI World Cup 2023. Team India depends on these players to get success in the limited-overs format. Both Jadeja and Pandya are able finishers who can quickly score runs and also bowl at crucial stages in the match. Pandya is bowling at around 140 km/ph these days, and his line and length have also improved. On the other hand, Jadeja is always difficult to get away for the batters.
Bowlers: Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav & Mohammed Siraj
We expect the Indian team to play all three frontline pacers, including Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj. Shami and Siraj could open the bowling for India and get the early wickets with the swing that they get. On the other hand, Bumrah could come as a wicket-taking bowler in the middle overs and as a death-over specialist for India in the 50 Over World Cup. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj, in particular, are going to be the keys to India’s success in the tournament. Lastly, no one can deny the impact that Kuldeep Yadav needs to have in order for India to win the tournament. Kuldeep is the frontline spinner for India and is selected over Yuzi Chahal. His performance could very well decide the fate of India’s World Cup campaign.