World Cup 2023: India, which is playing host to the 2023 ODI World Cup, will try to repeat the magical performance of 2011 when it won the title under the leadership of charismatic captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Let’s take a look at those 6 players who will play for India for the first time in the ODI World Cup and show their magic.
World Cup 2023: ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 is going to start in India from 5th October. India, which is playing host to the ODI World Cup, will try to repeat the magical performance of 2011 when it won the title under the leadership of charismatic captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Let’s take a look at those 6 players who will play for India for the first time in the ODI World Cup and show their magic.
1. Shubhman Gill
Shubman Gill will play the World Cup for the first time. There will be a lot of expectations from this 23-year-old player who has performed brilliantly in all formats in the last 12 months. He has to replace Shikhar Dhawan, who has probably been India’s best player in ICC competitions in the last decade. Gill is on his way to becoming a great player of the game and by consistently performing well on the big stage, he can move forward on this path.
2. Ishan Kishan
Wicketkeeper batsman Ishan Kishan will play the World Cup for India for the first time. The selectors also did not have to take the difficult decision of choosing between him and Lokesh Rahul. Ishan Kishan has impressed in both the top and middle order in the limited opportunities he has got so far. The batting order is full of right-handed batsmen and the selection of Ishan Kishan in the playing 11 will bring variety to the batting order.
3. Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav will play ODI World Cup for the first time for India. Suryakumar Yadav impressed as soon as he entered international cricket with his strength, new shots and ability to play 360 degree shots. He made his debut in 2021 at the age of 30 and has scored 1841 runs in T20 at an average of 46.02. However, his form in the One Day International format is a matter of concern. He has failed to show his dominance in the T20 format in the 50 over format.
4. Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer will play ODI World Cup for the first time for India. Shreyas Iyer will get the responsibility of batting at probably the most important number four position in Indian cricket. He too will not get a chance to play many international matches before the World Cup, due to which this Mumbai batsman will be under pressure. This 28 year old player has consistently performed well while batting at number four. Effective footwork gives him the opportunity to dominate against spin bowling. Batting freely is his strong point. However, the opposing teams are aware of their weakness against the short ball, which they can take advantage of.
5. Mohammad Siraj
Mohammad Siraj will play ODI World Cup for the first time for India. His ability to swing the new ball makes him a threat to any team. However, there is a question mark on his bowling in the death overs. This 29-year-old bowler has performed brilliantly in his ODI career so far, taking 54 wickets in 30 matches at an average of 20.04.
6. Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur will play ODI World Cup for India for the first time. This bowling all-rounder from Mumbai is famous by the name of ‘Palghar Express’. Shardul Thakur is capable of breaking partnerships. When conditions are in his favor, Shardul Thakur can swing the ball both ways. He is also capable of bowling hard lengths and has an effective bouncer with which he can trouble the batsmen. He brings vital balance to the team, often batting at number eight in ODI matches, and has also improved his fielding abilities by focusing on fitness.