Team India last made a case for themselves in the ODI World Cup tournament back in 2011 as the Men in Blue made it to the finals of the competition and outsmarted Sri Lanka in a high-voltage encounter to win the second ODI World Cup.
Since then, they have had setbacks in the 50-over World Cup as they were eliminated from the semi-finals of the tournament in the previous two editions. During the 2015 World Cup, Team India surrendered at the hands of Australia in the semi-finals.
During the 2019 World Cup, Team India were eliminated by New Zealand in the semi-finals. The upcoming edition of the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 will be staged in India for the first time and it will be quite interesting to see how the Men in Blue prepares a proper blueprint for the mega event.
Gautam Gambhir picks his top four spinners for India’s squad
Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India shortlisted as many as 20 players for the 50-over format. Selected players will be duly rewarded with a truckload of opportunities every now and then such that it makes the job quite easier for the BCCI to come up with a well-balanced squad going forward into the mega event in October-November.
With plenty of time left, it is up to the board to try and perform the necessary experiments ahead of the marquee event. Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has named his spinners’ choice for India’s squad for the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.
The 2011 ODI World Cup winner picked four spinners namely Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, and Ravi Bishnoi. Among them, Axar Patel and Washington Sundar have showcased their mettle with the bat apart from their key contributions with the ball.
On the other hand, Kuldeep Yadav hasn’t been getting enough chances of late but when featured, he has justified his selection right by letting his ball do the talking. He was named the man of the match for his 3/51 in 10 overs against Sri Lanka in the second ODI.