• Tue. Feb 27th, 2024

3 batsmen who dashed India’s hopes of making it to the 2023 World Cup squad in IPL 2023

3 batsmen who dashed India’s hopes of making it to the 2023 World Cup squad in IPL 2023

Whether the Indian Premier League (IPL) should have as much influence on national elections as it currently does is a hotly debated topic, but the truth of the matter is that the T20 competition has a huge impact on proceedings.

Ruturaj Gaekwad has been appointed as the captain of the Indian team for the 2023 Asian Games, which includes the likes of Rinku Singh, Tilak Verma and Jitesh Sharma. While these stars excelled in domestic cricket as well, the IPL served as the final stepping stone to the international stage.

The same is the case with the other two formats. Yashaswi Jaiswal recently scored a century on his Test debut after a blistering campaign in IPL 2023.

At the same time, of course, having unproductive campaigns in the IPL can become a hindrance when it comes to being selected for the Indian team. This is especially true in the two white-ball formats, where most players selected in one are considered for the other.

Here are three Indian batsmen who won their hopes of making it to India’s 2023 World Cup squad because of IPL 2023.

#3 Rajat Patidar

This is definitely the most unfortunate case on the list. Rajat Patidar, who shone for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2022, has missed the entire 2023 season due to injury.

In Patidar’s absence, RCB struggled to find spin-hitting and consistency in the middle order. Other domestic players in the franchise’s possession, including Mahipal Lomror, Anuj Rawat, Suyash Prabhudesai, Shahbaz Ahmed and Kedar Jadhav, were also happy to fool around.

Ahead of IPL 2023, Patidar earned call-ups to some of India’s teams, especially in the ODI format. The 30-year-old’s List A numbers in his career may not have been spectacular, but in the last few seasons he has plundered runs in domestic cricket and passed the eye test.

With India failing to find a reliable No. 4 batsman in 50-over cricket, Patidar could have made the World Cup squad if he could have had a prolific IPL season and then put in some meaningful displays for the Men in Blue.

#2 Deepak Hooda

New Zealand v India – 3rd T20I

As far as poor individual campaigns go, Deepak Hooda’s IPL 2023 season for Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) has to be the worst ever.

Hooda managed just 84 runs from 12 innings at an average of 7.64 and a strike rate of 93.33, with a high score of 17. Outings at various positions in the batting order did not help matters as he struggled against pace and spin.

Hooda has played 10 ODIs for India, scoring 153 runs at an average of 25.5. He has never had a sustained run, but his good form last year and the prospect of a top-order batsman with some bowling ability has led the selectors to push his case in the format.

After IPL 2023, Hooda’s World Cup dreams are all but over.

#1 Shikhar Dhawan

New Zealand v India – 3rd ODI

Another injury-plagued player in IPL 2023, Shikhar Dhawan had to miss three matches for Punjab Kings (PBKS). He played 11 times for PBKS, scoring 373 runs at an average of 41.44 and a strike rate of 142.91.

Those may not sound like bad numbers, but Dhawan’s form dipped towards the end of the match. He scored 30-plus runs only once in his last eight innings of IPL 2023, with scores of 7, 0 and 17. The 37-year-old’s diminishing batting returns have kept him from reaching the playoffs despite a good start.

Dhawan is still in the World Cup picture and the selectors are likely to have him on their radar as a backup opener. However, he was not included in the ODI squad for the tour of West Indies and is now uncertain of his selection for the quadrennial event.

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