It will be challenging for the selectors to put together the ideal squad for the 50-over World Cup, which will be held in India next year, according to VVS Laxman, the director of the National Cricket Academy and stand-in coach for India during the ODI series against South Africa. He claimed that because of the excellent competitiveness and the high level of performance of all the young people, they have an abundance of options. Prior to the first ODI between India and South Africa in Lucknow, Laxman made his remarks.
“It’s worked well so far as a back-up coach, it started from the Ireland series, the one England T20I (1st match) and the Zimbabwe series. Obviously, need to cover up for Rahul Dravid given his work commitments and the T20 World Cup coming up now,” said Laxman. “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’ll be difficult for the selectors to get the right team going into the 2023 50-over World Cup,” he stated further.
Further talking about the competition within the Indian squad, Laxman said: “All the youngsters are doing well, they know that they’ll not get too many opportunities once the main players return, but this is a chance to perform well and keep themselves in the hunt when the strongest side is being picked.” Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer are the captain and vice captain, respectively, for the current ODI series against South Africa. India’s ODI team includes players like Shubman Gill, Rajat Patidar, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, and Kuldeep Yadav. To prepare for the forthcoming T20 World Cup, the senior team departed for Australia on Thursday. On Thursday, October 6, India suffered a 9-run defeat in the first One-Day International against South Africa.