Shikhar Dhawan On India’s Preparation For World Cup 2023

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan

The much awaiting tournament World Cup 2023 is scheduled to host by India during October and November 2023 and will be the first time the competition is held entirely in India.

Shikhar Dhawan On India’s Preparation For World Cup 2023

Originally, the tournament was scheduled to be played from 9 February to 26 March 2023; but in July 2020 it was announced that the tournament would be delayed to an October–November window, following the disruption of the qualification schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2023 edition of the tournament will feature 10 teams and the main route for the qualification will be the 2020–2023 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League tournament.

For the World Cup, the top seven sides plus the hosts (India) from the thirteen competitors in the Super League will qualify. The remaining five teams, along with five Associate sides, will play in the 2023 Cricket World Cup Qualifier, from which two teams will go through to the final tournament

Speaking about the road ahead for the Indian team as it prepares for the ODI World Cup next year, stand-in captain Shikhar Dhawan stressed on the need for the team to play more on Asian wickets as the tournament will be held entirely in India.

“In Bangladesh, all senior players will be back. That will be a more practical journey towards the World Cup. All the seniors are going to be back in the side. More Asian wickets is a more practical journey to the World Cup for us.

“It is important to pick up the details, like where to pitch the ball and the lengths. We are a young unit, and they must have learnt about bowling in the good-length areas. We were on the shorter side. Also, taking the partnerships deep, especially when it’s overcast,” Dhawan was quoted as saying after the third ODI against New Zealand.

Team Idia under Rohit Sharma will begin their Bangladesh series with the first ODI match being played on December 4 at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka.