Currently, the Indian team is shifting their full focus to 50 over World Cup 2023, which will be hosted at home. And this time, not only is the Indian squad fixing their playing11 but also preparing backups for each spot so there should be no last-moment rush.
Rohit Sharma & Co. have turned their full focus to next year’s world cup to end the drought for the ICC trophy. Indian middle order is strong enough, but the return of the veteran all-rounder Hardik Pandya may affect the batting position of Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul. In the backup, men in blue have plenty of players like; Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, and Suryakumar Yadav.
Shreyas Iyer’s performance in this year’s ODIs is overwhelming; he has scored 639 runs in 15 matches, his innings laced with one century and five half-centuries. However, KL Rahul, the other opener batter, turned into the middle order batter and has also scored 229 runs in 8 ODIs with an average of 32.71, including two fifties.
The competition in the middle-order batting is looking tough. Talking on this, former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar warned KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer because of the return of veteran all-rounder Hardik Pandya.
“When you have someone breathing down your neck like KL Rahul will feel Shreyas Iyer is breathing down his neck which is again good for Rahul because he would want to go out there not taking any match lightly. He would want to score in every game. And both of them are outstanding fielders and KL Rahul can keep wickets which is a huge plus. Iyer can also bowl. So it is good to have these kinds of competitions for No. 5 and 6 not to forget that there is a certain Hardik Pandya who is also likely to come back in the one-day side sooner than later,” Sunil Gavaskar said.
Hardik has played only three ODI matches in 2022 and has scored 100 runs in just two innings with a half-century. He also grabbed six wickets in three innings.