10 cricketers that Virat Kohli needs to keep an eye on for World cup 2023
While all eyes are now on the T20I world cup to be held in 2 months, the ODI world cup is in 2023 in India in just 2 years time. The longer format world cups are generally considered to be more prestigious than the short formats as longer the format more difficult is the competition between the top teams and also unlike the T20I world cups they are held after every 4 years which adds more to the excitement.
In recent tour of Sri Lanka, India played a lot of youngsters many of whom, the current Indian captain Virat Kohli needs to keep a watch on for the 2023 event.
The below 10 players can be shortlisted for the 2023 ODI World Cup
Shaw after his horror series in Australia has been in cracking form in the last 7 months and hence should be a frontrunner for the 2023 world cup. His Sehwag like starts can put India in a strong position and create fear in opponent bowlers. He needs to now become more run hungry and also needs to improve his fielding.
Devdutt Paddikal :
With 130 plus strike rate in IPL and a solid all-round game. Paddikal is definitely on Kohli’s radar as he plays for RCB. He has a lot of firepower and can be a great backup for number one left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan
Surya Kumar Yadav:
Surya is in the form of his life and he is presently in England and in contention for a test debut. His debuts in both T20Is and ODIs this year has been nothing less than spectacular. With sublime strokeplay and hunger for runs. He is almost a sure starter in the 1st XI, so Kohli will have to keep him in consideration.
Rahul Chahar :
Rahul Chahar has been India’s best leggie in the recent Sri Lankan tour showing all his skills and aggression. His flair and line and length was at times too much for the opposition and he tried to defend low scores with gusto. Tough for Kohli to ignore his credentials
Deepak Chahar :
With Hardik Pandya struggling in allround capacity. Deepak Chahar can be a massive frontrunner for a slot in the 2023 world cup. His skills with the ball are well known and now he has performed with the bat in ODIs with that epic match-winning 69 vs Sri Lanka. Kohli must have mentally included him in the 2023 squad by now.
Another skilful leggie with lots of tricks and moreover he has at times carried a weak Punjab Kings bowling attack on his shoulders. Therefore showed his prowess under excruciating pressure. Kohli has already played against him and must have noted him closely.
Prasidh has got good pace and height and his debut success with 4 wickets against a powerful England batting lineup last March in ODI series must have made Kohli to sit up and take notice. With his extra pace, he is a wicket-taking option which is always a great thing to have in a 50 overs game.
After the struggles with injuries, Nagarkoti is only one good IPL away from getting into the Indian selection bandwagon. A talented bowling allrounder, capable of bowling at 140 plus and can get useful runs in batting. Nagarkoti first came to prominence in 2018 under 19 world cup with his high pace. Pandya’s fitness struggles can also open up a spot for him.
After a prolonged fight with poor form, Kuldeep looked in better form in the Srilanka tour and generally looked in good shape. He is a chinaman bowler, the types of which are still rare in the circuit. If he can have a good couple of seasons, he should be in the mix.
The youngster from North East is a fine all-round package with more stress on batting. He can be versatile anywhere in the batting order and can bowl well his overs. A brilliant fielder Parag possesses a lot of shots and now needs to put together some consistent performances to get some focus from the Indian captain.