India’s World Cup dream is all over until 2023. But one can’t kill that passion and desire one yearns for so long to become the World Champion, and die-hard fans bear witness to the glory and grief in the same breath, but altogether for different teams. And in the same scenario, Indian players have had backed themselves – to finish on top of the points table in league stage fixtures of the ongoing ICC World Cup. They’ve already given their millions of fans a lot to cheer for.
On Wednesday (July 10), India lost the semi-final following a resilient show from Ravindra Jadeja 77 (59) and MS Dhoni 50 (72).
The duo had played courageous knocks to make things look a bit easier for India, following a disastrous start.
Jadeja alongside Dhoni had stitched 116-run partnership for the seventh wicket to bring things under control. However, Kiwis, who had a dream start with the ball, reduced India to 92 for six.
Again things looked far from India’s reach when they lost Jadeja and Dhoni in the space of eight runs.
With Kiwis bundling out Men in Blue on 221, it further handed Kiwis second consecutive berth into the finals of the World Cup since 2015.
Following India’s shocking exit, team management and selectors have a lot to ponder over before preparing the team for the 13th edition of the World Cup.
With most of the players delivering goods, but considering the age and at times bleak performances, some players may not make an appearance in the ODIs post World Cup.
Besides, there are also other reasons for the same.
Let’s have a look at those three players who might not feature in ODIs for India:
In the World Cup, Dinesh Karthik has got a couple of opportunities, but he has failed to leave an impact in the middle-order.
The right-handed batsman Karthik, who began his career in the similar year when MS Dhoni made it to the international circuit, could face an axe in the day-long format.
Following a no-show against the Windies, Karthik had struggled to set his foot in the semi-final clash against Kiwis in Manchester.
The 34-year-old had managed just six off 25 balls before trudging off the ground. Again, the age will be a decisive factor for team management while considering the ICC’s marquee events.