With the announcement of the Asia Cup 2023 squad, expectations are also rising for India’s World Cup squad. The deadline to announce the World Cup squad is September 5 and it is believed that the core group selected for the Asia Cup will make way for the mega-event to be held in India from October 5. Chairman of the selection committee Ajit Agarkar and India captain Rohit Sharma announced the Asia Cup squad in New Delhi on Monday, 21 August. KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer return from injuries, while Tilak Verma is included in the squad for the first time. Mumbai Indians pair Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav have also found a place in the 17-member squad.
At the same time, former World Cup winner Gautam Gambhir believes that form and impact are extremely important in a big tournament like the World Cup. According to Gambhir, only form should be taken into account for team selection, not names and that is why the selectors have done well to pick Suryakumar Yadav for the Asia Cup. He said, ‘I will see only the form, not the name. Because if you want to win the World Cup, the form and impact of the players will help you win. One good thing the selectors have done is that Suryakumar Yadav has been selected in the team. Because Suryakumar Yadav may not have the consistency, but he has impact, and the team management should find the most efficient way to use him.
Let us tell you that the team for the ODI World Cup 2023 will remain more or less the same. While the squad will be announced much earlier, form and performance in the three-match ODI series against Australia, starting on September 22, will be decisive in deciding the players participating in the World Cup.
Gambhir said, ‘In my opinion, whether it is KL Rahul or Shreyas Iyer or whoever, we will see their form after the Asia Cup and which team plays in the Australia series. That series will decide who will play in the World Cup, not after the series is over who will play in the World Cup. Because there should be a series before the World Cup, where your main team will play together. The Asia Cup will begin on August 31 with a match between Pakistan and Nepal in Multan while the World Cup will begin on October 5 in Ahmedabad with a match between 2019 World Cup winners England and defeated finalists New Zealand.