India have announced their 17-member squad for the upcoming Asia Cup 2023
The excitement has raised with the recent announcement of India’s 17-member squad for the upcoming Asia Cup. Chief selector Ajit Agarkar unveiled the squad, igniting discussions about the potential players who might grace the World Cup stage. However, with a cap of only 15 players allowed for the World Cup team, the selection process has taken a bittersweet turn.
The squad’s unveiling showcased the depth of India’s cricketing talent and provided a glimpse into the team’s strategic approach. The Asia Cup, a prestigious event in its own right, serves as a crucial platform for players to showcase their mettle on the international stage. The selection process, guided by a combination of experience and youth sets the tone for the approaching World Cup.
Here are the four players who are likely to get dropped from India’s World Cup squad:
1. Mohammed Shami
The robust Mohammed Shami has, time and again, demonstrated his prowess as a match-changing fast bowler. However, his path to the World Cup might be strewn with obstacles with the current combination of the team. The demands of the World Cup are immense, and looking at team’s combination in the recent few series its unlike that Shami would make it to the India’s World Cup squad. Shami has been a vital cog for India in the white ball format, but his recent exclusion from the white ball setup and inclusion of other fast bowlers like Bumrah, Siraj, Shardul, and Prasidh makes him a contender for not being part of the World Cup squad.
2. Prasidh Krishna
Prasidh Krishna’s meteoric rise in the cricket landscape has been nothing short of impressive. His ability to consistently clock high speeds and deliver pinpoint accuracy has earned him accolades. However, the competition for a place in India’s fast-bowling arsenal is fierce. While his potential is undeniable, Krishna might need to prove his mettle further on the international stage to secure a World Cup spot. He has recently made a comeback in the ongoing series against Ireland after being out due to injuries. There are possibilities of Krishna playing all games of Asia Cup and do well and also there are chances of him not being included in any of the game which might lead him to not being selected in the upcoming ICC tournament.
3. Tilak Varma:
The emergence of young batting prodigy Tilak Varma has generated significant buzz. His remarkable performances in recently concluded series against West Indies, where he was the highest run-scorer for the team have turned heads. Yet, breaking into a squad for the World Cup requires not just promise but also the experience to thrive under immense pressure. The selectors might opt for seasoned campaigners in a bid to strike the perfect balance between youth and experience. Inclusion of Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul has solved India’s middle-order problem, due to which if these two player are in the playing XI there are chances of young Tilak to be sitting out.
4. Suryakumar Yadav :
Suryakumar Yadav’s entry into international cricket was as a versatile middle-order batsman. While his performances have been impressive in T20Is, the selectors face the daunting task of choosing the final squad from an abundance of batting talent for the upcoming World Cup. Yadav has also accepted that his numbers in ODIs are not good and he needs to improve on that. Suryakumar Yadav is not a regular member of the playing XI of India’s ODI team. With inclusion of seasoned batters like Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul in the middle-order, Yadav’s spot in World Cup looks unlikely.
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