Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni among consistent players as we look at the last 3 official squad list for Team India in the ODI World Cup.
The Indian Cricket Team is currently playing the Asia Cup 2023, but fans are also looking forward to BCCI’s announcement of Team India’s squad for the biggest showdown of the year, the ODI World Cup 2023. The BCCI has to announce a preliminary 15-member squad with around 3 backups in case of injuries.
The BCCI has already announced an 18-member squad for Asia Cup 2023 with Sanju Samson as the backup keeper. If the planning is anything to go by, we should see the same 18-member core for Asia Cup 2023. However, we will have to wait for BCCI to officially announce the squad.
But before we wait for BCCI to officially announce the ODI World Cup 2023 squad for Team India, let’s look at the official squad and players list for Team India for the last three ODI World Cups, viz., ODI World Cup 2019, ODI World Cup 2015, and ODI World Cup 2011.
ODI World Cup 2019 Official Squad List for Team India:
Batters: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan & Virat Kohli (c)
WKs: Dinesh Karthik & MS Dhoni
All-rounders: Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja & Vijay Shankar
Bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami & Yuzvendra Chahal
The most recent ODI World Cup campaign for Team India, and it was Virat Kohli, who led the Indian team, which couldn’t progress beyond the Semi-final stage. The 2019 campaign had KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and Virat Kohli among batters with Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni donning the keeping duties.
The all-rounder department was well stacked up with Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, and Vijay Shankar. Whereas the bowling department was led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, and Yuzvendra Chahal.
However, two players namely Shikhar Dhawan and Vijay Shankar had to withdraw from the tournament due to injury issues. In their place, Rishabh Pant and Mayank Agarwal were named as replacements. Of the two, only Rishabh Pant got an opportunity to play in the World Cup.
ODI World Cup 2015 Official Squad List for Team India:
Batters: Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina & Virat Kohli
WKs: MS Dhoni (c)
All-rounders: Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja & Stuart Binny
Bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami & Umesh Yadav
Team India once again finished in the Semi-final stage of the 2015 ODI World Cup campaign. The MS Dhoni-led team had a unique combination of players. The batting department was stacked up with Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, and Virat Kohli with MS Dhoni being the only keeper.
Team India had four potential all-rounders in the form of Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Stuart Binny. Whereas the bowling relied on Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami & Umesh Yadav. However, Ishant Sharma withdrew from the tournament on account of injury, and Mohit Sharma was named as the replacement.
ODI World Cup 2011 Official Squad List for Team India:
Batters: Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli & Virender Sehwag
WKs: MS Dhoni (c)
All-rounders: Ravichandran Ashwin, Yusuf Pathan & Yuvraj Singh
Bowlers: Ashish Nehra, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel, Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar & Zaheer Khan
Finally, let’s look at the official squad of the historic 2011 ODI World Cup campaign. The squad once again had quite a unique outlook with as many as six primary bowlers in the squad excluding Ravichandran Ashwin. From the bowlers, Praveen Kumar was ruled out, and Sreesanth was named as his replacement.
While MS Dhoni was the only keeper in the team, the batting department had Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, and Virender Sehwag. Given the selection of batter choice for Team India, all featured in the historic India vs Sri Lanka final at Wankhede.
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