New Delhi: ODI World Cup in India from October 5 (ICC World Cup 2023) is about to begin which will be hosted entirely by India for the first time. Preparations have been made for this. Earlier, India’s warm-up match against England was canceled in Guwahati due to rain. Now India will play a warm up match against Netherlands. Team India’s first match is scheduled to be played against Australia on October 8 in Chennai. Meanwhile, the weakness of Team India has come to light.
The Indian team, which recently won the Asia Cup, will enter the World Cup as strong contenders to win this time. After 12 years, India have a great chance to become world champions in ODIs. Earlier in the year 2011 under the captaincy of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India won the trophy by defeating Sri Lanka in the final match played at the Wankhede Stadium. Now the responsibility will be on the shoulders of Rohit Sharma. This time Rohit will also take over the captaincy of Team India. Apart from opening, he has a big responsibility on his shoulders.
The Indian team is looking very strong in the World Cup, but it also has a weakness. The spin bowling of the Indian team looks strong on paper, but the performances have not been special for quite some time. Also, players from other teams have learned to play well against them. IPL can also be responsible behind this. It will be interesting to see how successful the bowling duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be in stopping the batsmen on flat pitches. Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav will also support them but it should also be remembered that he is not that experienced.
The way the Sri Lankan spinners bowl, India’s spin attack looks a bit weak. Recently the Australian spinners also showed a bit of brilliance. Apart from this, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan also have good spinners in the team.
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All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been a brilliant batsman in Tests but has struggled to score quick runs in limited overs in recent times. Ravindra Jadeja bowls effectively if the pitch is supportive enough but runs against him are easy on flat pitches. The same is the case with senior spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has been added to the new team. Ashwin has so far taken 155 wickets in 115 ODIs. While Jadeja has 204 wickets in 186 ODIs.
An injury to all-rounder Akshar Patel left the Indian side with a right-arm spinner option, but Yuzvendra Chahal’s exit after nearly a year in the squad in this format shows that the selectors are short of options.
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