India will host the ICC Men’s One-Day world tournament for the first time in 2023. In 2011, India co-hosted the tournament alongside New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The scenes remain vivid from India’s second ODI World Cup victory after 25 years. Unfortunately, no moments of joy for winning a world cup followed. As the host nation, Team India’s mission will be to prove the winning instinct correct. Despite playing outstanding cricket in the last two World Cups’ group stages, Team India’s mission in the knockout stages has failed terribly. Lets discuss team india’s mission world cup 2023 in this blog.
Team India’s Mission failed in the 2015 & 2019 world cup
- India at the 2015 world cup
India lost against a powerful Australia after winning seven consecutive games. Despite being one of the favourites, India failed to reach the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 semi-finals. Few predicted that India would fall in the semi-finals, but Team India’s mission fell short.
- India at the 2019 world cup
Despite restricting New Zealand to a score of less than 250, India failed to defeat them in the semi-final. Again, with the batting prowess at their disposal, it’s surprising that India made such a mess of chasing it down.
Preparation for 2023 World Cup
The team could not give their all against England in the semi-finals and fell short in the finals. After being eliminated from the T20 World Cup, Team India experienced widespread criticism, even fans questioning Rohit Sharma’s captaincy. The spotlight has now shifted to the World Cup 2023. The upcoming fixtures of men in blue are very crucial. Team India is currently on tour in New Zealand for a bilateral series, where it is likely to test some new players without senior players.
The team will strive to capitalise on the home advantage when India plays the Kiwis at home in January of next year.
The forthcoming bilaterals & ICC cups will be crucial for preparing against strong teams. India’s schedule before the world cup seems captivating enough to prepare a strong team for the world cup.
With two key ICC competitions coming up, Team India will face almost every team before the ICC Men’s World Cup. The mission will be to take full advantage of this advantageous fixture, along with which they have bilaterals with Bangladesh, Australia, New Zealand, and West Indies will decide its play.
Key players of T20 world Cup
- Rohit Sharma now leads India across all three forms. The BCCI is appointing new selectors for the national team to put together a strong roster for the competition. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan could be two openers in India’s lineup for the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.
- Apart from these youngsters, like the records of these players have been brilliant, Prithvi Shaw, Ishan Kishan, and Shubman Gill can be the best alternatives depending upon how good cricket they play in the upcoming series.
- Virat Kohli, once again an all-time great, is back in form and will seek to get back into the ODI groove.
- Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant have performed admirably in the middle orders during the last three years. Hardik Pandya will be a lock, especially if he continues to provide India with at least five overs in every match. Of course, you can’t afford to be without the striking armed Suryakumar Yadav.
- Aside from Hardik, India has a few spin-bowling all-rounders to choose from. Ravindra Jadeja should be India’s top pick once he is ready.
- Even with an all-rounder-spinner certain to be a defensive player, India would hunt for a striker as their other spinner. That narrows it down to two names: Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, each wrist spinner.
- Jasprit Bumrah ought to be there. Arshdeep Singh will be hard to overlook.
- Mohammed Siraj has also been impressive.
- Mohammed Shami seems to be on the edge of reaching the final cut.
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar‘s experience as a wicket hunter under pressure cannot be overlooked.
Apart from all these statistics and speculation, team India’s mission will be to retain their lost glory at the big ICC events. All we wish for the men in blue is to lift the cup in limited-overs cricket at home later next year.