The ODI World Cup 2023 is rapidly approaching. It will be held post-monsoon, and it is one of the most-awaited events for Indian cricket. The Indian cricket team is looking to settle down and make a good combination. The team has many options for many positions. But when it comes to the opener’s position, there are a few big names in the race. Shubman Gill just scored a 200, as did Ishan Kishan. Shikhar Dhawan is Mr. ICC, KL Rahul is multifaceted, and Rohit Sharma is the skipper. So, who will be picked? Here is an in-depth look:
Rohit Sharma will lead the Indian cricket team in ODI World Cup 2023:
Rohit Sharma is almost certain to make it to the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 if he remains fit. He will lead the Indian cricket team. Also, we have seen him in full bloom in the ODI World Cup 2019. He was the highest run-getter with 5 hundred in the tournament. He brings out his best when it matters the most. Sharma is having a tough time for the past 6 months. He has got the starts but has failed to convert them. The reason for us to expect this legend is the pedestal that he has set for himself. He will have a good ODI World Cup 2023.
Shubman Gill might be picked for ODI World Cup:
Shubman Gill is in pole position for being India’s opener at the ODI World Cup 2023 which will be held in India. He is having a time of his life at the crease. He is playing exceptionally well. Gill has neutralized not only the pacers but also the spinners. His short-arm jab is one of the marquee shots. Gill’s timing and placement are great as well. He is the future of the Indian team and selecting him would be a smart move by the BCCI. He also holds the record for being the fastest batter to 1000 ODI runs. This improves his portfolio. His 208 against New Zealand is the star point in his resume. He can be India’s trump card in the ODI World Cup 2023.
Ishan Kishan might be picked for ODI World Cup:
From one young man to another, Ishan Kishan also has a 200 to his name. Indian cricket is very fortunate to have both of these young guns. They are true assets for the future. His ODI average in the limited number of games that he has played is 53.00 and his strike rate is 112. When Kishan bats, quick runs are bound to come. If the Indian cricket team is looking to adopt the “bazzball” strategy, picking Ishan Kishan would be a great choice. Being left-handed gives him an added advantage as the team always prefers a left-hand and right-hand combination at the top.
An ICC tournament without Mr. ICC doesn’t look good! Shikhar Dhawan has been India’s first-choice opener in all the 50-Over ICC tournaments since 2013. That is the level of dominance that this man has asserted in that position. Be it the worst of situations in his career, Shikhar Dhawan is always smiling. His bright smile keeps the dressing room environment very healthy. He is a true sport and an asset to the team on the field as well. The age might not be on his side, but the skill surely is. Just one bad series and he got dropped. It was very unfair to him. His strengths as each of us know are to play the balls outside off and hit them square of the wicket.
KL Rahul can be the backup opener:
KL Rahul has always been in the scheme of things of the Indian cricket team. He has been asked to bat as an opener in the 2019 ODI World Cup previously. And he delivered with sheer class that time. Rahul has been the best batter in the IPL for the past 5 years. Season after season after season he has scored runs. And his best performances have come while he was an opener. Currently, he is fitting very well in the number 5 position and as the first-choice wicket-keeper but if required he can open the innings as well.
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