Asia Cup 2023 was an epic one for the Indian team as they were able to win their 8th title. India lifted the title after demolishing Sri Lanka in the final which was one-sided right from the start. India won the game with 43.5 overs to spare and with 10 wickets in hand, which shows the domination of the nation in the final.
Team India would be hoping to take this glorious form from the Asia Cup final to the ODI World Cup next month. They have been preparing well and with the right mixture of youth and experience, India is a sure shot favourite to win the World Cup this year. Let’s take a look at 5 Indian team players who played their first Asia Cup and are set to play their first ODI World Cup in 2023.
5 players who are playing their maiden ODI World Cup 2023
1) Shardul Thakur
It comes with a surprise that Shardul Thakur will be playing his maiden World Cup match next month because he has been with the side for the longest time possible. He also made his Asia Cup debut earlier this month and has been one of the main bowlers for Rohit Sharma during the middle-over phase of the innings. His all-round ability is crucial for Team India as he can notch up some runs lower down the order.
2) Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan has truly made the middle-order spot his own and has made the most use of the opportunities presented to him. The number of injuries to key batters enabled India to use Ishan in various positions. The Mumbai Indians batter has surely cemented his place in the line-up after an impressive West Indies tour as well as maiden Asia Cup tournament. His fielding and speed are some of his best attributes and can be a huge motivator for the team in the ODI World Cup 2023.
3) Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill was the highest run-scorer for Team India in the Asia Cup 2023 with two half centuries as well as a century to his name. He is in tremendous form in 2023 and would be hoping to capitalise on this good run when he plays his maiden ODI World Cup next month. He is surely one of the top contenders to take home the player of the series award at the end of the tournament. His control against spin is one of the best in the Indian batting line-up and can be lethal against them right from the off.
4) Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj, despite a challenging start to his international career, showcased his potential in the 2023 Asia Cup final. His precision in line and length can trouble batsmen and makes him a top contender for the highest wicket-taker in his first ODI World Cup.
5) Shreyas Iyer
Although Shreyas Iyer missed out on selection for the 2019 ODI World Cup despite being a strong contender, he now has a chance to redeem himself as he has earned a spot in the ODI World Cup this time around. Furthermore, if he gets an opportunity to bat in the tournament, he can surely make a case for himself and show the team management and fans that it was right to back him even after his long-term injury. Additionally, his performance in the upcoming World Cup could solidify his position in the team and demonstrate his resilience.