The 20 over world cup is just a few months away, and India is already gearing up for that ICC mega event in October and November. Then it has said that India will also host the 50 over world cup in 2023, which is two years away from now. India has not won any ICC tournament since the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.
India has been the semi-finalists of the 2015 and 2019 world cups of the 50 over format, and they have reached the final of the 2014 World T20 and the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. But still, the men in blue haven’t ended the ICC drought.
In the upcoming two ICC events, India will look to perform better as a unit as they have performed in the bilateral series. India will be dependent on Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma for their excellent performance. But they will also need someone who will take up the finisher’s role in the ICC event of the 2023 world cup.
India has the youngsters and the potential all-rounders who can take up the finishing role for the 2023 world cup and gear up these youngsters for that role. In today’s segment, we shall name the five potential young players who can be groomed as the finishers for the ICC mega event in 2023 –
Riyan Parag – India has Ravindra Jadeja in their ODI mix, and he is sure to play the 2023 world cup. But they need someone with him to finish the innings. So Riyan Parag can be the first choice for the slot of that finisher. Parag has been one of the impressive finishers from the IPL.
Riyan can continue his IPL form into the international level, and he can get better with time. But India needs to groom him well for that event. He was the youngest player to smash a fifty in the IPL. He achieved this feat in the IPL 2019 season. Parag has shown that he can be ready for bigger platforms like the world cup event.
The young lad from Assam made his T20 debut in 2017, and he got into India’s under 19 world cup in 2018. Ryan also showed his excellent show with the bat in the Vijay Hazare tournament in 2017 and 2018. He was the highest run-scorer of that year’s T20 tournament. He scored 249 runs, and he will continue to make a strong case for himself in the upcoming matches.
Shahrukh Khan – The current batter of the Punjab Kings was roped by that IPL franchise after his impressive run in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Tournament. He scored 41 runs from just 19 deliveries against Himachal Pradesh and also led his team Tamil Nadu to a fantastic win to lift the T20 title.
In 2012, Chennai Super Kings had conducted a talent search event where Shahrukh had impressed one and all with his all-around skills. Khan won the award of the best all-rounder in that tournament. He made his debut in the Ranji Trophy in the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
So Khan can shoulder the responsibility. But he also needs to be groomed well for the 2023 world cup. Khan played well for the PBKS franchise in the IPL 2021 season. Still, he needs to work on the finishing abilities so that he could be considered to represent India before the world cup starts.
Deepak Hooda – The player from Baroda and the current batsman from the Punjab Kings franchise is an experienced player in the limited-overs format. He has played the under 19 world cup in2014, and he has worked with many IPL franchises.
Hooda showed his class in the first season of the Indian Premier League, where he represented the Double R’s side. He played a classy knock against the Delhi franchise, and he also scored a double hundred in the fourth round of the Ranji Trophy in the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
Deepak was also named in the Indian squad for the Nidahas Trophy, which India won in Sri Lanka in 2017. But they did not pick him in the playing XI. Still, Hooda has a long way to go. However, he can master his all-around and finish skills with proper grooming, exposure and practice so that Deepak Hooda would have his shining light on the Indian Cricket Team.
Anuj Rawat – If India is looking for the replacement of MS Dhoni in their side, then Anuj Rawat can be considered in the squad for the world cup in 2023. Anuj hails from Uttarakhand, and he is an improving wicket-keeper batsman who has made his T20 debut in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Rawat was also named the captain of India’s Under 19 team, which Rahul Dravid coached, and he was brought by Rajasthan Royals last year. But till now, he got only one game to play. But the youngster has a lot of cricket matches to prove his worth.
He can bank to improve his skills as his records show that he is no mug with the bat. He also needs proper grooming and exposure to cement his spot for the 2023 world cup.
Chezhian Harinishanth – The Chennai Super Kings franchise had brought him the auction after his explosive performance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The batsman from Tamil Nadu scored 246 runs at an average of 41.
Harinishant made an essential contribution of 35 runs, and he also made his Ranji Trophy debut last year. He might be a proper finisher for India in the upcoming 2023 world cup.
But he also needs the same dose of grooming, exposure, and proper guidance. India can extend their batting lineup by adding players like Harinishant to their squad for that event. But as of now, his inclusion can be looked at a reserved to that event.