The reverse countdown for the World Cup 2023 has started, with the ICC announcing the fixtures for the tournament. According to a report by Insidesport, September 5 is the last date for all the nations to announce their respective squads for the mega event which is scheduled to happen in India later this year.
India will start as the favorites to win the mega event on home soil. 12 years ago, when India last hosted the Cricket World Cup along with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, the Men in Blue made history by winning the tournament under the captaincy of MS Dhoni.
This year, Rohit Sharma will lead the Indian squad in the 2023 World Cup. Ahead of the squad selection, India will play a three-match ODI series against West Indies, starting today. Here’s a list of three players who might not get selected in the World Cup team if they fail against the West Indies side.
1. Umran Malik has a 50/50 chance of playing in World Cup 2023
Fast bowler Umran Malik is known for his ability to clock 150 kmph on the speedometer. The right-arm fast bowler is not present in India’s T20I squad for Asian Games, which is a hint that he is in the race to play the World Cup. If Malik does not grab the opportunity in the West Indies, he might miss the ticket to the mega event.
2. Suryakumar Yadav
This is a make-or-break series for Suryakumar Yadav. With KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer recovering from injuries, Yadav will be under pressure to perform well against West Indies. His ODI record is not so great, which is why there will be extra pressure on him.
3. Jaydev Unadkat
With Arshdeep Singh named in the Asian Games T20I squad, India will have to rely on Jaydev Unadkat if they want a left-arm pacer in their World Cup team. If Unadkat shines in the Caribbean, he could play in the mega event for India.