As the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 draws near, excitement in cricket-loving India is reaching new heights. The last time India won an ICC trophy was in 2013, with the most recent World Cup victory in 2011 under the leadership of MS Dhoni. This time, Rohit Sharma is the captain, and expectations are soaring.
In a recent update, Gautam Gambhir, a former Indian opening batsman and cricket analyst, has announced his squad for the upcoming tournament. His squad includes a mix of experienced players and rising stars, but one surprising omission is Shreyas Iyer.
Gambhir revealed his squad while providing commentary during the Asia Cup match between India and Nepal on Star Sports. The squad features some of India’s top cricketing talents, such as Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, and Suryakumar Yadav, who are expected to play crucial roles.
In a surprising move, Gambhir left out Shreyas Iyer, despite his strong recent performances in the Asia Cup. Many had considered Iyer an ideal choice for the number four position, so his exclusion has sparked debates among cricket fans on social media.
When it comes to wicketkeeping, KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan will share responsibilities. The all-rounders in Gambhir’s squad include Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya, along with the promising Washington Sundar.
India’s bowling attack, known for its effectiveness in major tournaments, includes pace bowlers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Mohammed Siraj, who excel at swinging and seaming the ball. In the spin department, Gambhir has chosen Kuldeep Yadav for his wrist-spin skills.
_Gautam Gambhir’s India squad for the ODI World Cup 2023 is as follows:
Rohit Sharma (captain)
KL Rahul (wicketkeeper)
Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper)