Rituraj Gaikwad will captain the Indian cricket team in the Asian Games
2 veteran players did not get a place in the Asian Games squad
New Delhi, Due to Corona, the Asian Games postponed for a year will be held in Guangzhou, China in September-October. This time both Men’s and Women’s cricket matches are being held in the Asian Games and BCCI has decided to send both the teams. The men’s team under the leadership of Rituraj Gaikwad will participate in the Asian Games. The ODI World Cup will also start in India during the Asian Games. For this reason, the BCCI has selected a team adorned with young players for the Asian Games.
One thing is clear that the players who have been selected in this team will not get a chance in the World Cup team. Along with this, there are many players who have not got a place in the team selected for the Asian Games. Many of these are not even playing ODI cricket, but it may happen that these players are part of the World Cup planning and some of them may make a surprising entry in the World Cup team. There are 3 players in this list.
The first name in this list is that of Shikhar Dhawan. Earlier there was a possibility that Dhawan would be made the captain of the Indian team for the Asian Games but this did not happen. Let alone the captain, he was not even included in the team selected for the Asian Games. Dhawan has not played ODI cricket since December last year. One reason for this could also be that the selectors are looking at him as a backup opener for the World Cup. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill are the first choice opening pair for India in the ODI World Cup.
Dhawan-Rohit pair has been a hit in ODIs
Experienced players like Dhawan can also be useful for the team. The record of his and Rohit’s pair in ODIs is tremendous. At the same time, even in ICC tournaments, Dhawan’s bat speaks volumes. Yashasvi Jaiswal could also be an option for the backup wicketkeeper. But he has been selected in the Asian Games team. That means he is out of the race for the ODI World Cup. In such a situation, Dhawan’s wild card entry can happen.
Deepak Chahar’s claim is also strong
Talking about fast bowling all-rounders, Deepak Chahar is such a name, who can have a surprising entry in the Indian team for the World Cup. However, Deepak has not played a single ODI this year. He has so far taken 16 wickets in 13 ODIs at an economy rate of 5.75. His biggest problem is fitness. He has been injured many times in the last 1 year. For this reason, Deepak was out in the initial matches in IPL 2023. However, he bowls amazingly with the new ball and this is his biggest strength. Apart from this, he can also hit long shots in the lower order. Asia Cup is to be played in T20 format. Despite this, Deepak was not included in the squad. That is, he has a chance to make a place in the World Cup team. However, it will depend on his fitness.
Shardul Thakur can also be a dark horse
Along with Deepak, Shardul is also a fast bowling all-rounder. However, his bowling record in ODIs is not that good. Shardul took 50 wickets in 35 matches. But his average is 32 and economy rate is 6.2. At the same time, Shardul has scored 298 runs. But Shardul can make a place in the World Cup team because India does not have any other fast bowling all-rounder except Hardik Pandya. In Indian conditions, Shardul can play the role of third pacer as well as a useful batsman in the lower order. The way he has been kept out of the Asia Cup squad and is a part of the Indian team that went on West Indies tour. He has been selected in the team of ODI series. That is, Shardul also has a chance to make a place in the World Cup team.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 19, 2023, 17:05 IST