Ravichandran Ashwin’s ODI World Cup participation remains uncertain as selectors mull over squad choices

In the lead-up to the World Cup 2023, the absence of Ravichandran Ashwin from the ODI squad has sparked speculation about his participation in the upcoming tournament in India. Despite being a formidable off-spinner on home pitches, Ashwin has not played an ODI for one and a half years, with selectors exploring other options, especially wrist spinners.

Chief Selector Ajit Agarkar is currently in Trinidad, discussing plans with Captain Rohit Sharma and Coach Rahul Dravid. The squad selections for the Asia Cup and World Cup are among the topics to be discussed during the ongoing India vs West Indies Test series.

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However, the rise of wrist spinners like Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav may impact Ashwin’s chances in the limited-overs format. Additionally, Suryakumar Yadav’s position in the ODI squad remains uncertain, with KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer expected to return.

KL Rahul is set to be the designated wicketkeeper-batsman in the World Cup 2023, as he is recovering well from thigh surgery and making progress towards a comeback in the Asia Cup 2023.