Arshdeep Singh's name has been making waves in Indian cricket for a long time and he made an impressive international debut for India last year. Singh was a pivotal part of the T20 World Cup 2022 squad that managed to reach the semifinals.
While he has already snatched an impressive 50 wickets in T20I cricket, the left-arm pacer is yet to make his mark in three ODI matches. This has led to a compelling discussion in the cricketing circles about his potential inclusion in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
Former India coach, Sanjay Bangar, has weighed in on this topic. Bangar, a well-respected figure in Indian cricket, believes that Singh deserves a place in the World Cup squad. In an exclusive conversation with Star Sports, Bangar revealed his preferred 15-player squad for the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.
When asked about his squad composition, Bangar stated, “For the World Cup, the way I have chosen my squad is focused on combinations. The combination will be as follows: five specialist batsmen, two wicketkeeper-batsmen, two spin-bowling all-rounders, one pace-bowling all-rounder, one specialist spinner, and four fast bowlers.”
Bangar's preferred 15-member India squad for World Cup 2023 is as follows:
1. Rohit Sharma (c)
2. Shubman Gill
3. Virat Kohli
4. Shreyas Iyer
5. Suryakumar Yadav
1. Ishan Kishan
2. KL Rahul
1. Ravindra Jadeja
2. Axar Patel
1. Hardik Pandya
1. Kuldeep Yadav
1. Jasprit Bumrah
2. Mohammed Siraj
3. Mohammad Shami
4. Arshdeep Singh
The inclusion of Arshdeep Singh in Bangar's squad is particularly noteworthy. He has chosen Singh over the likes of Shardul Thakur, Prasidh Krishna, and Mukesh Kumar, showcasing his belief in the young left-arm pacer's potential to shine on the global stage.
While Arshdeep Singh may not have tasted ODI success yet, his performance in the T20 format has been remarkable. His ability to swing the ball both ways and maintain a consistently probing line and length has caught the attention of cricket pundits and fans alike.
The big question now is whether the Indian selectors will heed Sanjay Bangar's advice and include Arshdeep Singh in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 squad. With the tournament set to kick off on October 5 in India, the selectors have some crucial decisions to make.
Will they give Singh the opportunity to showcase his talent on the grandest stage of them all? Cricket enthusiasts across the nation eagerly await the answer.