India World Cup squad announcement Highlights: Rohit Sharma, Ajit Agarkar select 'best IND team' sans Samson, Chahal

Sep 05, 2023 03:53 PM IST

India World Cup 2023 squad announcement Highlights: Rohit Sharma and Ajit Agarkar have announced the 15-member team that will represent IND at the WC.

India World Cup 2023 squad announcement Highlights: KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, and Suryakumar Yadav have secured spots in India's World Cup 2023 squad, as officially unveiled by BCCI chairman of selectors Ajit Agarkar and captain Rohit Sharma on Tuesday. Notably, Sanju Samson, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna, and Ravichandran Ashwin have ...Read More missed out on selections. The deadline for all cricket boards to reveal their squads is today September 5, precisely one month before the opening match of the tournament. While most teams have promptly finalised their 15-member squads, Team India chose to maintain suspense until the eleventh hour. This World Cup holds immense significance for India, as it presents a golden opportunity to secure the coveted 50-over championship, having come agonizingly close in the previous two editions. Moreover, history will be made this time, as India will host the entire tournament for the very first time, adding further weight to the stakes. After enduring a year filled with injuries and intermittent struggles, India finally boasts a squad of players who are free from the clutches of injury. The stage is set, and the anticipation is palpable as India prepares to embark on this historic journey.    

India World Cup 2023 squad announcement Live Updates.
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  • Sep 05, 2023 02:44 PM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad Live Updates: Uthappa weighs in on IND's WC squad

    For Robin Uthappa, the World Cup squad reveals no unexpected choices barring one. He just feels that having Tilak Verma, a left-handed batsman who can bowl off-spin, would have been beneficial.

  • Sep 05, 2023 02:34 PM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad Live Updates: THE BIG TAKEWAY!

    The Indian World Cup squad has been unveiled, and there are hardly any shockers in the selection. As anticipated, Tilak Varma and Sanju Samson have been left out. Nevertheless, what truly catches the eye is the absence of an off-spinner. This squad places a heavy emphasis on strategic match-ups, and the omission of an off-spinner may prove to be a potential Achilles' heel, especially when confronting left-handed batsmen at the crease.

  • Sep 05, 2023 02:20 PM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad Live Updates: Harbhajan Singh surprised at the omission of 'pure match-winner'

    It isn't the first time and it certainly won't be the last. Harbhajan Singh, a staunch supporter of Yuzvendra Chahal, expresses his 'surprise' at the absence of the leg-spinner from India's World Cup squad. Once his name was omitted from the Asia Cup squad, did he ever stand a chance? What lies ahead for the leggie? Is this the end of the road, or will India utilise his talents exclusively in T20s? Many questions for Chahal and his supporters to contemplate.

  • Sep 05, 2023 02:08 PM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad Live Updates: Rohit not impressed at reporter's question

    Rohit Sharma displayed his frustration when a reporter asked about the hype surrounding India vs Pakistan World Cup match. In response, a visibly irritated Rohit stated, "I've addressed this question repeatedly. I've emphasised that the external noise doesn't affect us. We are professionals who understand how to conduct ourselves. Please don't ask me the same question during the World Cup because I won't entertain it."

  • Sep 05, 2023 01:49 PM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad Live Updates: Ajit Agarkar reflects on the team of 15

    Ajit Agarkar: We have a pool of 17 players, including Rahul, and we have contingency plans in place. Our focus is on selecting the 15 individuals who can successfully complete the task at hand. KL Rahul has played a couple of games over the last two days and kept wicket for whole 50 overs. He should be ready. As for spinners, there were discussions and both offer 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.

  • Sep 05, 2023 01:46 PM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad Live Updates: Notable players to miss out

    1 Yuzvendra Chahal

    2 Sanju Samson

    3 Prasidh Krishna

    4 Ravichandran Ashwin

    Other absentees:

    1 Shikhar Dhawan

    2 Mukesh Kumar

    3 Tilak Varma

    4 Rishabh Pant (Injured)

  • Sep 05, 2023 01:42 PM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad Live Updates: 'This is our best 15', insists Rohit

    Rohit: We explored every conceivable avenues and possibilities to assemble the strongest team. It's inevitable that some players will miss out on World Cup selection. With the wealth of talent available in India, narrowing it down to just 15 players is a challenging task. We believe we have selected the best possible squad of 15.

  • Sep 05, 2023 01:41 PM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad Live Updates: Rohit on approaching the tournament!

    Rohit Sharma: 50 over format is different. The format of playing 9 league games (we played it in 2019) is unique. There's always change to make a comeback. We saw how England did it and won the World Cup last year. It does give you extra time to thingk about combinations, teams' strategies and plans. It gives you breathing space!

  • Sep 05, 2023 01:40 PM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad Live Updates: Agarkar happy with the bowlers

    Agarkar, the chairman of selectors was clear in his thoughts. This is the best squad picked keeping the WC in mind as he sticks by his decision to go ahead with one specialist spinner. 

  • Sep 05, 2023 01:33 PM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad Live Updates: INDIA's TEAM OF 15 REVEALED

    Rohit Sharma (Captain)

    Shubman Gill

    Virat Kohli

    Shreyas Iyer

    Ishan Kishan

    KL Rahul

    Hardik Pandya (Vice-captain)

    Suryakumar Yadav

    Ravindra Jadeja

    Axar Patel

    Shardul Thakur

    Jasprit Bumrah

    Mohammed Shami

    Mohammed Siraj

    Kuldeep Yadav

  • Sep 05, 2023 01:30 PM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad Live Updates: IT'S TIME!

    Here we go! Ajit Agarkar and Rohit Sharma enter the hall and walk up to their chairs. The cameras confirm their presence as Rohit sips a glass of water.

  • Sep 05, 2023 01:25 PM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad Live Updates: Here we go, the final 5 minutes

    Experts have picked their Playing XIs, fans have picked theirs. The only one that's left to be revealed is the one that matters. We are inching closer to the press conference which Rohit and Agarkar will address. Imagine what must be going through the minds of Chahal, Samson, Tilak, Axar? Oh boy, you can cut the tension with a knife. It's almost time, people. Who makes it, who doesn't? Announcement in next 5 minutes.

  • Sep 05, 2023 01:16 PM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad Live: Did KL Rahul just confirm he is in the squad?

    Well, that should put an end to all the speculations. KL Rahul has confirmed on Instagram that he is fully fit and eagerly anticipating getting back on the field. If there are any concerns about him, it would be related to his lack of match practice. However, if he makes it into the Playing XI during the Asia Cup Super Fours, he will have a handful of matches to regain his form and rhythm.

  • Sep 05, 2023 01:10 PM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad Live: 'The World is waiting for this announcement'

    Former Australia all-rounder Tom Moody has heightened the excitement surrounding the event by stating that this announcement is eagerly anticipated worldwide, particularly by the opposition teams, as most of them have already unveiled their 15-member squads. Meanwhile, Sanjay Manjrekar expressed his belief that there won't be many changes, as the cards were essentially revealed when India's squad for the Asia Cup was announced. Nervous tension fills the air as we are just about 20 minutes away from Ajit Agarkar and Rohit Sharma revealing the squad.

  • Sep 05, 2023 01:00 PM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad announcement Live: The temptation to go with Chahal

    Relying solely on Kuldeep Yadav as India's primary spinner can pose a potential dilemma for the team. Why? Well, in the unfortunate event that Kuldeep becomes unavailable due to injury or other reasons, India would have no alternative but to depend solely on Jadeja. This underscores the importance of having a backup spinner in the squad, a consideration that the BCCI should contemplate. Currently, Yuzi Chahal is the immediate option that comes to mind as a second spinner. Will India take the gamble and include him in the squad, or will they leave it to circumstances to decide?

  • Sep 05, 2023 12:50 PM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad announcement Live: Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel make for an interesting case

    With Hardik and Jadeja almost certain for the World Cup, it raises questions about Shardul Thakur and Axar Patel's chances. Axar's remarkable improvement with the bat has been nothing short of a fairytale, while Shardul's moniker "Lord" isn't without reason. However, the key question is where they fit in. At best, Shardul and Axar might find themselves as backup options, potentially at the expense of Samson or Prasidh. It's important to remember that there are only three reserve slots available.

  • Sep 05, 2023 12:40 PM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad announcement Live: IND bank on two of their most potent all-rounders

    India enters the World Cup with the luxury of possessing two high-quality all-rounders in the form of Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja. While Hardik may not resemble the same player from the 2019 World Cup, it's because he has significantly improved his game. He has taken on more responsibility as a batter, as demonstrated in the Pakistan match, and has evolved into a vital partnership-breaker with the ball for India. Meanwhile, Jadeja is currently enjoying the peak of his cricketing career. His batting shows no signs of slowing down, and his consistent ability to pick up wickets makes him a formidable asset. Having two dynamic all-rounders in the line-up, occupying positions at No. 6 and No. 7, adds depth to India's batting lineup.

  • Sep 05, 2023 12:30 PM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad announcement Live: Tentative breakdown of specialist batters in India's 15 for WC

    The top order, comprising Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Shubman Gill, is expected to shoulder the majority of India's batting responsibilities at the 2023 World Cup. Supporting them in the middle order will be players like Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul. Although India's middle order has displayed inconsistency recently, their resilience, as demonstrated in the Pakistan Asia Cup game, is a positive sign. One of the beauties of ODIs is that they provide a team with the opportunity to recover in case of an early collapse. Hence, India's middle order will be well-stocked, with Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan also anticipated to be in contention for key roles.

  • Sep 05, 2023 12:22 PM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad announcement Live: Will India miss Mr. ICC at this year's spectacle?

    In the context of ICC tournaments, Shikhar Dhawan has been India's standout run-scorer. However, it appears that India have decided to move on from his services. Ever since Shubman Gill's impressive rise at the top, during which he scored truckloads of runs, and Ishan Kishan's double century against Bangladesh, Dhawan's position in the team has been gradually marginalised. He went from being an automatic selection to captaining India's second-string squads and ultimately finding himself omitted. Over the past four years, Dhawan has experienced quite a roller-coaster ride, and India would be hoping that Gill can follow in Gabbar's footsteps, if not surpass him, as the next prolific run-scorer in ICC events.

  • Sep 05, 2023 12:10 PM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad announcement Live: Is Ravichandran Ashwin in the fray?

    As each World Cup approaches, Ravichandran Ashwin's name invariably resurfaces in discussions. After all, he is India's premier Test spinner, and his ODI record is far from abysmal, boasting 151 wickets from 113 games. Yet for some reason, Ashwin's presence in the ODI format faded away long ago. The emergence of 'KUL-CHA' closed the doors on Ashwin's ODI career, and even though this dynamic pair eventually separated, Ashwin hasn't been able to regain his spot. Having last played an ODI for India in January of the previous year, it's safe to assume that Ashwin won't be a part of India's 2023 ODI World Cup campaign, despite any efforts by Ajit Agarkar and Rohit Sharma to convince his dedicated legion of fans that he was indeed under consideration.

  • Sep 05, 2023 12:00 PM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad announcement Live: A Virat Kohli World Cup loading?

    As surprising as it may seem, Virat Kohli has yet to set a 50-over World Cup on fire. He was a force to be reckoned with at the 2014 and 2016 T20 World Cups, but for some reason, he hasn't been able to replicate that same success in the 2015 and 2019 editions of the World Cup. In fact, eight years ago in Australia, Kohli managed to score 305 runs from eight innings, and four years ago in England, as captain, he struck 328 runs from nine innings without a single century. The elusive, groundbreaking Virat Kohli has remained just out of reach for cricket fans. Can he turn the tide this time?

    Kohli was the leading run-scorer at last year's T20 World Cup and has been on an upward trajectory since breaking his century drought in August 2022. The stage is set, and the big MRF bat is ready to roar. Brace yourselves, folks. In what could potentially be Kohli's final 50-over World Cup, the KING might have something truly special in store.

  • Sep 05, 2023 11:50 AM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad announcement Live: Rohit Sharma's time of reckoning

    How dramatically things can change! At the age of 24, Rohit Sharma, who had faced exclusion from India's 2011 World Cup squad, could scarcely have imagined himself as the captain twelve years later, leading the team in the eagerly awaited return of the world's most prestigious cricket tournament to India.

    Rohit had a rather modest track record in his initial four years of ODIs. In fact, leading up to the World Cup, he had only managed to accumulate 1248 runs from 57 innings, with an average just slightly above 21. In 2009, Rohit suffered a shoulder injury that sidelined him for six months. Even though he had recovered by the time the World Cup rolled around, his performances were not up to par. Consequently, the Indian team opted to groom Virat Kohli for the No. 4 position, a decision that paid dividends as India clinched the coveted trophy. While sidelined, Rohit had to nurse his wounds and chose not to watch a single game of the World Cup. A little over a decade has passed since then, and Rohit has transformed into one of the world's most feasrome batter, boasting a World Cup record of 978 runs from 17 matches. If this isn't a remarkable turnaround, then what is? The question now is whether Rohit can complete the full cycle. Although he missed out on winning last year's T20 World Cup, there are few greater opportunities for glory than winning a 50-over World Cup, especially when it's on home turf.

  • Sep 05, 2023 11:42 AM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad announcement Live: Why Kuldeep over Yuzvendra Chahal makes sense

    During the Virat Kohli era, India's famous spin duo of 'KUL-CHA' comprising Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal wreaked havoc, but ever since England tucked into them at the 2019 World Cup, there've been only a few occasions when Kuldeep and Chahal have come together. Kuldeep's fortunes took a downturn, and it seemed like his India career might come to a halt, with the Kohli-Ravi Shastri leadership keeping him on the sidelines for reasons known only to them. However, when Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma assumed control, Kuldeep experienced a resurgence in his India career. Since rejoining the India limited-overs squad, Kuldeep has taken 22 wickets in 13 matches, making him the third-highest wicket-taker among spinners in 2023, trailing only Sandeep Lamichhane and Maheesh Theekshana.

    On the other hand, Yuzvendra Chahal last played an ODI in January this year and was omitted from the squads for the West Indies tour and the Asia Cup. It appears that the team management may have shifted their focus away from him, possibly considering Chahal more suitable for T20Is.

  • Sep 05, 2023 11:30 AM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad announcement Live: What India's tentative WC squad looks like

    Here is how we expect India's 15-member squad to look like:

    Rohit Sharma (Captain), Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Axar Patel, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav

    Reserves: Tilak Varma, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sanju Samson

  • Sep 05, 2023 11:24 AM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad announcement Live: Ticket-booking mess!

    As we await India's squad announcement, which is still a couple of hours away, let's dwell on just how abysmal the ticket-booking procedure for the World Cup has been. Tickets have been made available on the BookMyShow platform, and millions of fans have made attempts to secure their seats, but with little success. Unfortunately, this situation is escalating into a crisis. After enduring waiting times of 2, 4, and even 6 hours, many fans are left disappointed as their reservation attempts prove futile, resulting in a growing number of frustrated individuals. Some are even suggesting that not all tickets are available for sale, while others are expressing their frustration with the perceived indifference of the BCCI. Even former India fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad has voiced his dismay on Twitter and called upon the board to address the issue.

    This is the World Cup we're talking about — a World Cup being held in India. Fans have waited for years to experience an extravaganza of this magnitude. Surely, there must be a solution to this predicament.

  • Sep 05, 2023 11:05 AM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad announcement Live: India captain Rohit Sharma drops big hint

    Rohit Sharma scored a cracking half-century against Nepal last night, leading India to a commanding 10-wicket victory in a rain-curtailed Asia Cup match. However, this was not the only positive development he shared. During the post-match presentation, the Indian captain revealed that he is already aware of what India's World Cup squad will look like. While acknowledging that the Asia Cup may not offer a complete perspective to him and the selection committee, Rohit indicated that there are only two positions that needed to be looked at, arguably the No. 4 and 5 positions. The remainder of the squad selection appears to be self-evident.

    "Look, when we came here, in the back of our mind, we knew what our 15 is going to be like. There was one or two spots that we wanted to have a look at, but we were very clear in our mind that the Asia Cup is not going to give us the complete picture of what the squad would be like, because there were only two games that we had to play," he said

  • Sep 05, 2023 10:55 AM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad announcement Live: BCCI's last window September 27

    While the deadline for cricket boards to submit squad details concludes today, there is a separate window for making changes that extends until September 27. This gives all cricket boards, including the BCCI, the opportunity to make a few tweaks and adjustments if the need arises.

    Let's be honest; India has had limited exposure with its tentative squad, having played just a couple of matches (technically, a match and a half), which is clearly insufficient to assess readiness. However, by September 27, Team India will have completed its participation in the Asia Cup and be engaged in a three-match ODI series against Australia. This extended timeframe will provide a clearer picture of the players' match readiness and fitness.

  • Sep 05, 2023 10:52 AM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad announcement Live: What happens to Tilak Varma and Suryakumar Yadav

    The Mumbai Indians duo of Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma were included in India's Asia Cup squad but will they be retained for the World Cup is another big question in itself. While Surya's underwhelming ODI performances contrast with his success in T20Is, the dilemma remains: will the BCCI be willing to experiment?

    Meanwhile, Tilak's meteoric rise in recent times has been remarkable, making a significant impact on the world stage with scores of 39, 51, and 49 in the West Indies T20Is, impressive enough to catch the selectors' attention. But here is the catch – all three contenders, Surya, Tilak, and Samson, are vying for the No. 4 position, which appears to be secure with Shreyas Iyer. As a backup, Surya seems to be the frontrunner, unfortunately leaving Tilak or Samson in a precarious position.

  • Sep 05, 2023 10:35 AM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad announcement Live: The common factor binding this squad and the one from 2019 World Cup

    Four years have passed since India's heart-breaking loss to New Zealand in the World Cup semifinal, yet the selectors and management continue to grapple with a persistent question that remains unanswered: Who will be India's No. 4 batsman? In 2019, India experimented with KL Rahul before turning to Vijay Shankar and Rishabh Pant, but none of these solutions proved successful. Rahul was eventually moved back to the opening position when Shikhar Dhawan suffered a fractured thumb, while Shankar's World Cup journey ended mysteriously due to a toe injury. Young Pant had only a brief opportunity to show his skills before India's elimination.

    This time, however, the situation appears to be slightly more promising, as India boasts a fully-fit squad. Despite lingering concerns about Rahul's fitness, he is expected to assume the role of designated wicketkeeper-batsman, securing his place in the middle order at No. 5. Nevertheless, there are murmurs in the air suggesting that Rahul's wicketkeeping duties, which require him to squat behind the stumps, might pose challenges, potentially opening the door for Ishan Kishan. This adds intrigue to the battle for the No. 5 spot, with Rahul and Ishan vying for the position. While Rahul has an impressive track record at No. 5, Ishan demonstrated his ability to handle pressure against a formidable opponent like Pakistan. This decision is going to be a toughie!

  • Sep 05, 2023 10:25 AM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad announcement Live: What we know so far!

    Ajit Agarkar has touched down in town, having flown to Sri Lanka on the night of the India vs Pakistan Asia Cup match. Despite the game being called off early due to rain, there was no press conference afterward. The reason behind this was that India captain Rohit Sharma, and coach Rahul Dravid, were engaged in a crucial meeting with the BCCI chairman of selectors to finalise the 15 players who will represent India in the marquee World Cup tournament. During yesterday evening's India vs Nepal fixture, a decisive meeting was held to conclude all the necessary formalities, thus setting the stage for today's highly anticipated announcement. The BCCI is scheduled to host a press conference at the Earl Regency in Kandy, Congress Hall, and attendance will be limited exclusively to Indian media personnel.

  • Sep 05, 2023 10:15 AM IST

    India World Cup 2023 squad announcement Live: It's D-DAY, folks

    Greetings, everyone! Welcome to Hindustan Times Sports' coverage of what promises to be an exhilarating day for cricket enthusiasts. Today marks the eagerly awaited moment when the BCCI unveils India's 15-member squad for the World Cup, which is set to kick off precisely one month from now on October 5th. The excitement is palpable and there is a certain tension in the air as we wait for the chosen names to be revealed.

    These 15 individuals will carry not only their own aspirations but also the hopes and dreams of 1.3 billion people. India's quest for a historic World Cup victory and an end to their long-standing yearning for an ICC title rests on the shoulders of this squad. Who will secure their spot in the team, and who will face the disappointment of exclusion? Keep a close eye on this space because we're just getting started, and the suspense is about to unravel.

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