The 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is scheduled to start on 5th October and the final match of the tournament will be played on 19th November. But before the World Cup, team India has multiple matches at home and in other countries.
Presently Men in Blue are busy with IPL matches at home. The 16th season of the Indian Premier League, IPL 2023, started on 31 March and will continue till 28 May. Post IPL 2023, they will leave for ICC World Test Championship final in England. Also, there are more matches with different countries in the run-up to the ICC World Cup.
Indian team’s schedule till World Cup 2023
IPL 2023: Indian cricket players are busy playing IPL matches in the country. The tournament will conclude on 28 May with the final match.
ICC World Test Championship Final: After IPL 2023, the Indian team will gear up for the final match of WTC at The Oval in London. The match will be played on 7 June. Rival India will meet in the final match of WTC in Australia. It is a crucial match for Men in Blue because it can prove to be a boost to their morale before they enter the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
West Indies Tour: India will visit West Indies in July and play 2 Tests, 3 ODIs, and 3 T20Is. The tournament will end in August.
Asia Cup: The 2023 Asia Cup hosted by Pakistan will be played in September. It will be the 16th edition of the tournament and it will see 6 teams including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. The Indian team will play 5 ODIs approximately in Asia Cup.
Australia: Indian team will play 3 ODIs with Australia in September. The series with Australia will start soon after the completion of the 2023 Asia Cup.
ICC World Cup: The 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will begin on 5th October and continue till 19th November. Also, it is exciting to know that the ICC World Cup is entirely held in the country. All the matches will be played on Indian soil and Men in Blue can take it as an opportunity to play on home turf.
ICC WTC Final Squad
The final match of ICC WTC at The Oval is going to be crucial in the run-up to the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. India will meet Australia in the WTC final and preparations for this crucial match have already been made.
BREAKING: India name their squad for the World Test Championship Final.#WTC23 | Details 👇— ICC (@ICC) April 25, 2023
The middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane is taken as a replacement for Shreyas Iyer who is out due to a back injury. The team has many hopes for Rahane who played a crucial role in India’s victory in the 2021 WTC final against New Zealand. Rahane made 49 off 15 balls in the final.
Jasprit Bumrah will also miss the final match owing to his injury. Also, Suryakumar Yadav is left out of the squad.
Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, K L Rahul, KS Bharat (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Mohammad Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat
T20 World Cup 2022
The fixtures for the ICC Men’s #T20WorldCup 2022 are here!— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) January 20, 2022
All the big time match-ups and how to register for tickets 👇
It was the World Cup India played but lost in the semi-final to England. Though they did fairly well throughout the Super 12 matches, they missed the opportunity to play in the final. At home, fans and critics questioned the captaincy of Rohit Sharma and his ability to lead the team through the semi-finals. But the managers decided to continue with Rohit Sharma as captain of the WTC squad. They have faith in his abilities.
Indian team has a whirlwind schedule in the run-up to the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. But it will help boost their morale and hone the skills they need to play the World Cup matches. The most important match India will play before the ICC World Cup is ICC World Test Championship.
The advice for Men in Blue is to focus on their game. Also, they should take lessons from the T20 World Cup 2022 in which they came out in the semi-final. Rohit Sharma has to show some patience to give tough competition to Australia in the WTC final.