As the countdown to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 intensifies, cricket aficionados worldwide are eagerly anticipating the forthcoming spectacle, set to take place in India from October 5 to November 19. The cricketing fraternity is buzzing with discussions, predictions and ideal squad selections for this marquee event.
Adding his voice to the chorus of cricket experts, former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra recently unveiled his vision for the ideal India squad for the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
No place for Sanju Samson
Chopra’s selections have already sparked significant intrigue, primarily due to one conspicuous omission – the exclusion of wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson, who is currently a part of the Indian team at the Asia Cup 2023.
Chopra’s squad features an array of talented cricketers, including established stars like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah, as well as rising talents like Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan. The presence of all-rounders such as Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja adds depth to both the batting and bowling departments.
Chopra’s decision to leave out Samson, who has been in good form in ODI cricket, may raise eyebrows among fans and pundits alike. Nonetheless, this selection process is subject to debate and may evolve as the tournament draws nearer.
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India will begin their ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 campaign against five-times champion Australia in Chennai on October 8.
Here is the squad envisioned by Aakash Chopra for India’s campaign in the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup:
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Suryakumar Yadav
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