Matthew Hayden picks India’s World Cup 2023 squad 

Former Australian cricket sensation Matthew Hayden has made some intriguing choices in his selection for India's ICC World Cup 2023 squad, sparking conversation and debate among cricket enthusiasts. Hayden's picks come as a breath of fresh air, introducing a couple of unexpected additions to the team.

In a surprising twist, Hayden has opted for both Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson as wicket-keeping options, shaking up the conventional approach. Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel have secured their positions as specialist spinners, adding a unique dimension to the team's bowling prowess. KL Rahul, while making the cut, seems set to focus primarily on his batting skills.

The omission of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, two talented spinners, from Hayden's chosen squad has raised eyebrows among fans and pundits alike. However, the former Australian opener has shown confidence in his selections, emphasizing a fresh approach to team composition.

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Hayden's batting lineup comprises Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, and Suryakumar Yadav as the specialist batters. The inclusion of Kishan and Samson as wicket-keepers adds depth to India's batting lineup, giving the team flexibility in different game situations.

In the bowling department, Hayden has placed his trust in the spin duo of Jadeja and Axar. The fast bowling attack is spearheaded by Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, and Jasprit Bumrah. Notably, Hardik Pandya's inclusion as an all-rounder adds versatility to the squad, with his ability to bowl a full quota of overs when needed.

Matthew Hayden's choices for India's 15-member squad for the ICC World Cup 2023 

Rohit Sharma (C), Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Ishan Kishan, and Axar Patel.

Hayden's bold and unconventional selections have sparked conversations about the team's prospects in the upcoming World Cup. While some may question his choices, others admire his willingness to think outside the box and reshape India's cricketing future. Only time will tell if these selections will lead India to glory on the global stage.

Prasenjit Dey

Prasenjit Dey

Prasenjit Dey is an independent cricket journalist with Bylines across reputed publications like Cricbuzz, The Hindu, The Cricketer, Fancode, and The Quint Among Others. He has an experience of eight years in the field and is a valuable addition to the Cricnerds team. You can follow him on Twitter @CricPrasen.