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Hayden Picks India Squad: Samson In, Key Player Out

Hayden Picks India Squad: Samson In, Key Player Out

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Matthew Hayden Reveals His Picks for India’s Squad as the eagerly anticipated 2023 ODI World Cup approaches. It is set to unfold from October 5 to November 19 in India, and cricket enthusiasts are gearing up for a thrilling spectacle of sportsmanship and entertainment. All eyes will be on the host nation, which, despite consistently fielding a formidable team, has struggled to clinch an ICC trophy since 2013.

Throughout the years, India has found themselves close to securing another ICC championship, only to falter in crucial semi-final matches. One of the significant stumbling blocks in India’s recent ICC tournament performances has been their middle-order dilemma. Their middle-order batsmen have often failed to deliver during critical junctures, inviting substantial criticism. This shortcoming was evident in last year’s T20 World Cup, where India bowed out in the semi-finals against eventual champions, England.


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In a recent interaction, former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden took it upon himself to assemble his dream India squad for the impending World Cup, and his choices included a few unexpected entries. The Aussie figure handpicked five accomplished batters: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, and Suryakumar Yadav. Notably, Hayden opted to include three wicket-keepers in his roster, namely KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, and Sanju Samson.

Drawing from his own experience as a two-time World Cup victor, Hayden assigned the roles of all-rounders to Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel. Jadeja and Axar were additionally designated as spin-bowling options. The former cricketer’s choices for seam bowlers encompassed Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, and Shardul Thakur. An intriguing aspect of Hayden’s selection is his omission of Kuldeep Yadav, who is part of the Asia Cup squad, and his decision to include the sidelined Sanju Samson.

Hayden, in a recent analysis, delved into India’s persistent struggles in ICC events

It’s not a matter of lacking skill. Instead, it revolves around seizing the opportunities and adopting the right mindset. Cricket holds an unparalleled significance here; it’s interwoven with the very fabric of sports and faces no rivals. In Australia, I could walk down the street relatively unnoticed, especially with this questionable beard and cap on (laughs). However, Australia also boasts a rich diversity of competitive sports beyond cricket, such as rugby, football, water sports, and surfing. In contrast, in India, the focus remains insular, resulting in immense pressure.

As anticipation builds for the upcoming World Cup, Hayden’s insights into squad selection and India’s cricketing challenges shed light on the intricate dynamics that will shape the nation’s journey in this prestigious tournament.


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