World Cup 2023
5th September 2023

India World Cup Squad Announcement: 15 member team revealed, no place for Ashwin or Samson

India Squad ODI World Cup 2023: Hosts India on Tuesday announced their final 15-man squad for the upcoming ODI World Cup. With just under a month left for the month-long extravaganza which will start on October 5 and end on November 19, all eyes were glued on the press conference where the men In Blue’s squad will be selected. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) senior national selection committee on late Saturday night have already picked the squad with KL Rahul finding a place in the team as Sanju Samson is likely to miss out.

In a surprising turn of events, Sanju Samson, known for his breathtaking strokes, has been left out of the 15-member Indian squad for the upcoming World Cup, while Ishan Kishan's impactful performances have earned him a spot on the team.

As the cricketing world eagerly awaits the World Cup action, the omission of Sanju Samson and the inclusion of Ishan Kishan are sure to be hot topics of discussion both on and off the field. Cricket fans will be watching closely to see how this bold selection decision plays out in the tournament.

India would go with just three spinners in this World Cup. There is no one who could bowl part-time either. Then, apart from the 2011 edition at home, it has been the standard quota for spinners. It’s just that deluge of batsmen who could bowl spin in the 2011 squad (three specialists and five that could  bowl canny part-time) that conceded an impression that India always packed a lot of spinners in the team. In 1996, they had only three (Anil Kumble, Venkatapathy Raju and Aashish Kapoor) plus Sachin Tendulkar. In 1987, they had similarly picked three, Maninder Singh and Laxman Siva Ramakrishnan, besides Ravi Shastri. Kris Srikkanth could bowl some off-spin from wickedly low-slung action. But the only time India did win the World Cup at home, the spinners played a pivotal role, snaring 34 off the 69 wickets India’s bowlers grabbed. In both 1987 and 1996, India did miss another spinner in the semifinals they lost on perceivably spin-friendly surfaces in Mumbai and Kolkata. Would India miss an extra spinner, especially an off-spinner, this time? “There were discussions and both (Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja) give depth in batting and bowling and they take the ball away. We ideally wanted an off spinner but this gives balance. We are quite happy with the bowlers we have,” chief selector Ajit Agarkar would say.

Rohit Sharma: "It is the best we could do. We looked at getting the right players in. Some do Miss out but that is how it is. They will be disappointed, and I have gone through it. You need to keep your chin up and it is about creating all round options." The depth is lacking. Both batting and bowling is crucial. We saw here in Asia Cup also we were shot with the bat in backnend and you realise the job of 8,9 10. They need to score those 10-20 runs which could be the difference between winning and losing

India's World Cup 2023 squad has been announced. The team includes Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav.