IND vs SA: “Will Be a Difficult Dilemma for Selector”- VVS Laxman on India’s Rich Talents Ahead of 2023 ODI World Cup
IND vs SA: India are currently playing a three-match ODI series against South Africa at home. However, the current team are missing their key players because the main team have travelled to Australia for the T20 World Cup. So, virtually, this is a second-string team which is playing against South Africa. But despite all that, no one can rate this team very low because it includes some seasoned players. Veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan is the captain of the side.
The likes of Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Mohammed Siraj, Shubman Gill, Deepak Chahar, and Kuldeep Yadav are all part of the current squad. Many of these players are those who have already represented India across three formats and are future superstars. In addition, the National Cricket Academy (NCA) chief, VVS Laxman, is the acting head coach of the team in the absence of Rahul Dravid. Laxman believes that the selection committee might have a dilemma heading into the ODI World Cup 2023 because of so many talents in the Indian cricket arena.
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IND vs SA: “It will be difficult for the selector to select for 2023 ODI World Cup” – VVS Laxman
Laxman opened up on the bench strength of the Indian squad. He also opened up on how it will be a challenging job for the selectors to choose a team with so many options for the upcoming 2023 ODI World Cup. The NCA chief also added that these youngsters will not get many options when the seniors come back, so they need to perform. Laxman stated,
“We have a good bunch of cricketers. They are all looking forward to the series. The competition between them is good. We are spoiled for choices considering the amount of talent we have. It will be difficult for the selectors to get the right team going into the 2023 50-over World Cup.”
India lost a close match in the first ODI on Thursday by nine runs. South Africa made 249/4 in 40 overs because the match was reduced to 40-over per side due to rain. In reply, India had a horrible start with 51/4 in 17.4 overs. But after that, Shreyas Iyer (50 off 37) and Shardul Thakur (33 off 31) played well.
In the end, Sanju Samson played a good cameo of unbeaten 86* off 63, but couldn’t finish the game. Hence, India ended up at 240/8 and lost the match. Both teams will now play the second ODI match on Sunday in Ranchi.