Last minute changes in Indian world cup squad
Indian captain Rohit Sharma has left open the possibility of making a last-minute alteration to India's World Cup 2023 squad before the looming deadline of September 28. In a recent press conference held prior to the third ODI against Australia, Sharma discussed the potential inclusion of veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has been impressing with his recent performances. Acknowledging Ashwin's exceptional skills, Sharma emphasized the value of experience and class that Ashwin brings to the team.
Amidst these considerations, the absence of Axar Patel due to injury for the upcoming third ODI against Australia has further heightened the intrigue surrounding Ashwin's potential inclusion in the World Cup squad. With only 13 players to choose from and viral illnesses affecting the team, Rohit Sharma admitted to the uncertainty prevailing in the squad at this juncture.
Sharma stressed the importance of ensuring the well-being of the players in the weeks leading up to the World Cup. This suggests that the team's management is prioritizing player fitness and freshness as they aim to field their best possible squad for the tournament.
In addition to these squad deliberations, Rohit Sharma downplayed the significance of India's No.1 ranking in the ODI series, emphasizing that past rankings and performances hold little relevance in the context of their World Cup preparations.
As the September 28 deadline approaches, cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the final composition of India's squad for the highly anticipated World Cup 2023, with the potential inclusion of Ravichandran Ashwin adding a layer of suspense to the proceedings.