20-MONTH JOURNEY BEGINS IN PAARL
The Morning Standard|January 19, 2022
India’s blueprint towards identifying the final squad for 2023 World Cup starts today against South Africa in first ODI
VENKATA KRISHNA B

FOR India, the road to the 2023 World Cup begins in Paarl. With 19 months to go for the 2023 50over World Cup, they have a new captain and a coach who will look to put together a side that can be considered favourites to win the title. While playing at home will see them installed as favourites, in reality they know there is still work to be done before they can genuinely be considered as one. Since winning the 2011 title at home, they have gone to two World Cups without a steady and stablised middleorder. They have paid the price for that.

And nearly 30 months after the 2019 World Cup, they haven’t changed much. They are still figuring out who their right resources are. And they start their journey without their anointed captain Rohit Sharma, the man who has been made charge of changing their fortunes in white-ball cricket. In his absence, it is down to vice-captain KL Rahul, who will be the stand-in captain for the series, to begin a period which is going to see India test as many resources as possible before finding the right combination.

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