Three Indian players who are not suitable for the ODI mix before the 2023 World Cup

World Cup

Team India’s ODI squad for the upcoming series against West Indies presented a few surprises. Big names like KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, and Jasprit Bumrah were still on the sidelines. Suryakumar Yadav kept his place in the squad despite his inconsistent run in the 50-over format. Meanwhile, Umran Malik and Ruturaj Gaikwad were notable inclusions. The selectors’ reasoning behind these decisions is relatively clear, but there were also players who arguably didn’t deserve their spots. The squad featured some better options that were readily available. It remains to be seen how the team will perform with this squad, but fans are excited to see some new faces in action. The series promises to be a thrilling contest between the two sides, and it will be interesting to see how the Indian team fares.

Mukesh Kumar

Mukesh Kumar is a skilled bowler in red-ball cricket, but he doesn’t belong in the limited-overs squads. He has underwhelming stats in white-ball cricket and has not delivered any noteworthy performances in the IPL. Mukesh’s inclusion in India’s ODI squad for the West Indies tour is due to the absence of several first-choice players, including Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Prasidh Krishna, and Arshdeep Singh. However, he won’t stay in the squad once these players return. Even if he gets a chance to play against the Windies, he shouldn’t be considered for India’s 2023 World Cup squad.

Jaydev Unadkat

India Training Session

India’s training session saw Jaydev Unadkat’s name crop up as another player with impressive red-ball numbers. However, he isn’t the most dependable limited-overs bowler, and India has better, more versatile options in the shorter formats. Unadkat’s primary advantage is being a left-armer, but India already has Arshdeep Singh to fill that role. Arshdeep can swing the new ball both ways and has various tricks up his sleeve. While the youngster hasn’t made a significant impact in the ODI format yet, he has the potential to become a formidable force if things fall into place. Unadkat, who has played 116 List A matches and averages close to 30, may not be of great value to India in the lead-up to and during the 2023 World Cup.

Ishan Kishan

India v Australia – 1st ODI

Ishan Kishan has made it to India’s ODI squad for the West Indies tour and may even be their primary keeper. This is only because India’s two first-choice options, Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul, are currently unavailable. While Pant is unlikely to make it to the World Cup squad, Rahul should recover in time, but he might not have enough match practice. If India wants another wicket-keeping option in the squad, Sanju Samson is a good choice. He has recently put up some impressive performances in international cricket. With Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill cementing their place as the opening duo, Kishan won’t be needed at the top and doesn’t inspire much confidence in the middle order. Samson and Rahul should be ahead of him in the pecking order.

India’s ODI squad for the West Indies series: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Shardul Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik, Mukesh Kumar.