Shikhar Dhawan will open the innings alongside the likes of KL Rahul or Rohit Sharma or Shubman Gill in the 3 match ODI series against Sri Lanka. Shikhar Dhawan scored 72 in the 1st ODI against New Zealand in the 3 match ODI series. He too had done well against Zimbabwe in the 1st ODI by scoring 81* and 97 against the West Indies in the 1st ODI in the previous ODI series but had a poor series against Proteas.
The 37-year-old can say goodbye to international cricket after the conclusion of ODI WC 2023. Shikhar Dhawan’s latest ODI century came during the 2019 ICC World Cup match against Australia at Kennington Oval in London. He has reached 17 ODI tons. The left-handed batsman is a regular member of the team in the ODI format.
Shubman Gill was Man of the Series in the ODI series against the West Indies and Zimbabwe where he amassed 205 and 245 runs respectively at an average of 102.5 and 122.5. He is averaging 61.27 after playing 14 ODIs racking up 674 runs at 1 ton and 4 fifties at a strike rate of 100.45.
He reached his maiden century – a career-best 130 against Zimbabwe after scoring 98* against the West Indies when rain intervened and was denied a tonne. He may appear in the Indian WC 2023 squad. He was not named in the ODI squad facing Bangladesh but may return against Sri Lanka.
KL Rahul could be another mid-order batsman for the team in the 2023 ODI World Cup and ODI series against Sri Lanka. He can also open the entrances. The 31-year-old right-handed batsman has been named the goalkeeper of the first ODI against Bangladesh. KL Rahul has hit 5t in his career in ODIs.
Right-handed batsman and current Indian captain Rohit Sharma has shown decent form in the 50+ format this year. In 6 ODIs, Rohit Sharma has scored 171 runs in 6 games at an average of 34.20 with 2 half centuries. Rohit Sharma will open the innings for the team or he can bat in the middle order against Sri Lanka in ODIs. He is opening with Shikhar Dhawan in the ongoing 1st ODI against Bangladesh.
He was rested for the ODI series against Zimbabwe and the West Indies and his last ODI series came against England in July 2022 where he hit 76* in the 1st ODI. He has earned a record 3 double tons, including the highest recorded individual score of 264.
The recent ODI form of Virat Kohli, the 34-year-old middle-order batting-run machine, is not so good. But a good show at the 2022 Asian Cup and 2022 T20 World Cup, where he was among the top runners, will give him the confidence to come back to form in ODIs as well.
He has reached 43 ODI tons, the latest of which came in August 2019 when he hit back-to-back tons against the West Indies. He is the second highest ODI century scorer after Sachin Tendulkar (49 ODI tonnes) and the sixth best ODI runner.
Sanju Samson & Rishabh Pant (week)
Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant will compete for a place in the Indian ODI team for the ODI World Cup 2023. Sanju Samson has played just 11 ODIs where he amassed 330 runs at an average of 66. He has hit 2 fifty with a top score of 86* against Proteas in ODI. He has a strike rate of 104.76.
On the other hand, Rishabh Pant has played more ODIs-29 but averages just 35.63 amassing 855 runs. He has also hit 5 fifties and 1 ton. His career best 125* came against England in July 2022. He has a strike rate of 107.55. Surprisingly, Sanju Samson has not been named in the ODI squad facing Bangladesh in a 3 match series.
Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant has been released from India’s ODI squad for the series against Bangladesh, the BCCI announced on Sunday. The exact reason why the Rishabh Pant was dropped is unknown, but the statement stated that the decision was made after “consulting with the BCCI medical team”, indicating that the 25-year-old may be alleviating a problem.
Suryakumar Yadav has reached 2 fifty but has failed to convert the fifty into tons. His highest ODI score is just 64 against West Indies in February 2022. But he is having excellent form in T20I where he has struck 2-ton 12-fifty and is averaging 44 with an outstanding strike rate of 180.98. He is currently ranked #1 in T20I by ICC. The 32-year-old right-handed batsman is not in the ODI squad for Bangladesh’s ongoing series.
The 29-year-old pace all-rounder Hardik Pandya was rested for the ODI series against Zimbabwe and the West Indies and his last ODI series came against England in July 2022. He scored 71 and picked 4/24 in the last third ODI. against England to take the MOS award for scoring 100 runs and collecting 6 scalps in that series. He is not in the ODI squad for the Bangladesh series.
Ravindra Jadeja missed the T20 World Cup 2022 due to injuries before being named in the ODI and Test squad for the Bangladesh tour. The multi-talented Ravindra Jadeja has yet to fully recover from knee surgery he underwent in September and will also miss the tour of Bangladesh.
Ravindra Jadeja’s last ODI assignment came on the 2022 tour of England. The spinning all-rounder has amassed 2447 runs in 171 ODIs at an average of 32.63, as well as taking 189 scalps at an average of 37.37. Ravindra Jadeja may return against Sri Lanka in the ODI series. If he doesn’t return, he may be preferred to Axar Patel.
India’s Shreyas Iyer is in sublime form in ODIs averaging 49.24 having racked up 1428 runs in 36 ODIs before the first ODI against Bangladesh. He managed 129 runs against New Zealand at an average of 64.5 in 2 innings and 191 runs against South Africa including 113* in 3 innings. He is having a phenomenal 2022 in ODIs racking up 615 runs in 14 ODIs (his highest ODI from him in a calendar year) at an average of 61.5.
Axar Patel has picked 53 scalps in 44 ODIs at an average of 30.26 with a best score of 3/24 against Zimbabwe in the first ODI. He picked 6 scalps at an average of 12.33 against Zimbabwe in the 3 match ODI series.
He scored his first ODI fifty, a career best 64* against the West Indies in the previous ODI series. He came off just 35 balls, showing his potential as an all-rounder. He did not play against New Zealand as he was not named in the squad.
However, Axar Patel’s confidence will also be low for having a bad T20 World Cup 2022 where he picked only 3 scalps in 5 T20I with an average of 38.33 at an economic rate of 8.63. He can come back against Sri Lanka. Left-arm spinning all-rounder Axar Patel was unavailable for selection for the first ODI against Bangladesh. According to sources, Axar Patel is healing a bruised rib after taking a hit while he was hitting the nets.
Washington Sundar has been injury prone, but being a secondary player he is an ideal replacement for secondary player Ravichandran Ashwin, who may be dropped from the ODI World Cup 2023 squad as he had a disappointing T20 World Cup 2022.
Washington Sundar made his debut in December 2017 but only appeared in 9 ODIs where he picked 8 scalps at an average of 34.13. It is possible that he is included in the ODI WC 2023 squad because of his age of 23 on his side and because he is a spinner unlike wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.
However, he was unable to pick a single scalp in the recently concluded New Zealand ODI series which was marred by rain. He is in India playing XI for the 1st ODI against Bangladesh.
Deepak Chahar has featured in just 11 ODIs since making his debut in the over-50 format at the 2018 Asian Cup as his career was plagued with injury. He has picked 15 scalps in 11 ODIs at an average of 29.67 before the first ODI against Bangladesh.
He was wicketless in the previous ODI series against New Zealand (0/30 in 5 overs) but had picked 5 scalps in 2 games against Zimbabwe in the previous series at an average of 20.4. He is in India playing XI for the 1st ODI against Bangladesh.
Umran Malik made his ODI debut alongside left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh in the 3 match ODI series against New Zealand. He was added as a last-minute replacement for injured veteran Mohammed Shami for Bangladesh’s ODI series.
In 3 ODIs, the express pacer has picked 3 scalps at an average of 32.33 but in 3 T20I, he has picked 2 scalps at an average of 56. His economy rate is 6.46 in ODIs and 12.44 in T20I. Kuldeep Sen made his debut in the 1st ODI against Bangladesh but Umran Malik may be retained by the team management.
Mohammed Siraj made his ODI debut in January 2019 but has played sporadically in 13 ODIs where he picked 18 scalps at an average of 28.17. His career best figures of 3/29 came against the West Indies in February 2022. He is in India playing XI for the 1st ODI against Bangladesh and a good show may see him retain his place.
Yuzvendra Chahal can be picked in India’s World Cup 2023 ODI squad. He has picked 118 scalps in 69 ODIs at an average of 26.97. He was wicketless in the 1st ODI against the Kiwis, but had picked 7 wickets in 3 ODIs against the West Indies and England in the previous ODI series.
Yuzvendra Chahal was shockingly benched despite being in the squad during the T20 World Cup 2022. He was previously omitted from India’s T20 WC 2021 squad. He is not in the Indian team facing Bangladesh in a 3-match ODI series, but he may return against Sri Lanka.
Kuldeep Yadav, who has featured in 72 ODIs since his debut in 2017 in the 50-over format and has picked 118 scalps in 72 ODIs at an average of 28.08, is another contender for the specialist spinners spot. He is not in the Indian team facing Bangladesh in a 3-match ODI series, but he may return against Sri Lanka.
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