India lost the World Cup semi-final to New Zealand and selectors gave a clear indication of renovation after they fielded young talents in the West Indies tour. The selection committee led by MSK Prasad will take 2023 World Cup in sight but India captain Virat Kohli feels, its too early to start thinking about the next show piece event of the 50 overs.
“2023 is too far ahead to be honest,” said the 30-year-old during the post-match press conference after the third T20I. “You start looking forward to the World Cup and planning for it 12 months prior. Not four years away. I think the priority is to keep Indian cricket at the top. Play consistent cricket, go out there and win games,” Kohli said.
Fans have started calling India, the next chokers of world cricket after the men in blue lost five knockout game back to back to bow out of the title picture. Team India lost the finals of 2014 World T20 to Sri Lanka, 2015 World Cup semi-final to Australia, 2016 World T20 semi-final to West Indies, 2017 Champions Trophy finals to Pakistan and finally 2019 World Cup semi-final to New Zealand.
A revamped Indian team won the recently concluded T20 series against West Indies 3-0. The series saw the return of seasoned campaigner- Shikhar Dhawan, who was ruled out of the World Cup following a thumb injury. Skipper Virat Kohli also tried Navdeep Saini in the squad after impressive show in IPL and the Haryana born Delhi bound cricketer emerged as the highest wicket taker of the series with 5 wickets in three matches.
Deepak Chahar was also given a chance in the last T20I and the pacer from Rajasthan picked three wickets to swing the pendulum towards India. Krunal Pandya showed his all-round abilities and picked 3 wickets in three innings and 32 runs in two innings.