As the clock ticks towards the September 28 deadline for making changes to the World Cup 2023 squads, the Indian cricket team faces a crucial decision between Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin. The team management has made it clear that if Axar is fit, he will secure his spot in the squad; otherwise, Ashwin is likely to replace him, leaving Washington Sundar as another option.
Ashwin’s Late Entry Sparks Speculation
Before India’s final One Day International (ODI) appearance leading up to the ICC World Cup 2023, skipper Rohit Sharma found himself fielding questions about Ravichandran Ashwin’s inclusion in the squad. Ashwin’s match-winning performance against Australia in a recent match has thrust him into contention to replace the injured Axar Patel. Axar’s hamstring injury, sustained during the Asia Cup, has raised doubts about his availability for the ODI World Cup.
The Race Against Time
With Axar’s fitness hanging in the balance and Ashwin absent from the 3rd ODI against Australia, Rohit Sharma revealed that the Indian think tank has already finalized the 15-member roster for the World Cup ahead of the deadline.
Clear Vision for Team India
Rohit Sharma emphasized that the team is resolute in its choices for the World Cup squad. He expressed confidence in the squad’s direction and stressed the importance of each player contributing to the team’s success, emphasizing the team’s unity as crucial to winning championships.
Return of Kohli and Rohit
With the return of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, India’s squad is bolstered by two formidable batsmen. In the absence of Ashwin, Washington Sundar was given the opportunity to open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma. Although Rohit played a scintillating knock of 81 off 57 balls, India couldn’t secure victory as Australia broke their five-match losing streak before the World Cup.
Celebrating KL Rahul
Despite the rare defeat while chasing, India managed to win the series 2-1. Captain Rohit Sharma made a heartwarming gesture by inviting KL Rahul to collect the series trophy. Rahul played a crucial role in India’s two earlier wins in the series.
Bumrah’s Return to Form
Rohit Sharma also shared his satisfaction with Jasprit Bumrah’s return to the ODI squad. Bumrah, although conceding runs, picked up key wickets in the high-scoring match against Australia. Rohit highlighted the importance of Bumrah’s physical and mental well-being for the team’s success and expressed confidence in the fast bowler’s abilities.
India’s journey in the ICC World Cup 2023 begins with a match against Australia on October 8 in Chennai.