AHMEDABAD ∙ The Indian team’s 42-day epic run in the ODI World Cup ended in a single day of tears. With this, the Indian team’s wait for the ICC trophy has extended to the 11th year. After winning the Champions Trophy in 2013, despite playing 5 ICC tournament finals and 4 semi-finals, the Indian team has not been able to lift the title.
The next chance for India to erase the scar of losing the title in Ahmedabad is the Twenty20 World Cup in 2024. The World Cup, which will be jointly hosted by the West Indies and the US, is only 7 months away. Champions Trophy cricket is also scheduled to take place in 2025 before the next ODI World Cup in 2027.
Having played the 2022 World Twenty20 with the senior players, he may not be ripe for such a test in next year’s World Cup as he returned missing the final. Without Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Mohammad Shami and Ravindra Jadeja, Team India can try to erase the pain of 2023 by fielding the youth team. Shreyas Iyer (28 years old), Shubman Gill (24), Ishan Kishan (25), Rituraj Gaekwad (26) and Yashaswi Jaiswal (21) will be the frontrunners of the first mission.
Despite losing in the final, Rohit Sharma’s captaincy in the ODI format will not be challenged for the time being. But how long Rohit, who is now 36 years old, will continue in white ball cricket is a question mark. The BCCI is also aiming to find a permanent captain for the 2027 ODI World Cup.
Current Twenty20 team captain Hardik Pandya’s prospects are challenged by ongoing injuries. Along with KL Rahul and Jasprit Bumrah, who have previously led India in ODIs, Shreyas Iyer may also be considered for this position.