Krishnamachari Srikkanth
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The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) was said to have selected a 20-man likely lineup for the 2023 World Cup, and the players on that list will have regular opportunities to play in the starting XI during the lead-up to the major competition.

India’s former selector and 1983 World Cup champion Krishnamachari Srikkanth has also spoken out on the subject after a lot of cricket fans and former players have made assumptions about the names that may or may not be on the list.

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Krishnamachari Srikkanth Lefts Out Shubman Gill And Shardul Thakur From The Indian Probables List

Krishnamachari Srikkanth discussed the 20-player list in-depth with local network Star Sports, naming two cricketers who, in his opinion, shouldn’t be included in the players listed.

“Two of the players won’t be in my list, Shubman Gill and Shardul Thakur,” Srikkanth said. While Rohit Sharma took a break from ODI play to prepare for the T20 World Cup last year, Shubman Gill was a member of the Indian team.

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However, when the senior Indian players returned to ODI play for the series versus Bangladesh last month, Gill was not included. Shikhar Dhawan was not selected for the home ODI series versus Sri Lanka, therefore Gill is now back in the lineup. While playing in the ODIs versus Bangladesh, Shardul Thakur was not selected for the Sri Lanka series.

You Need Horses Like Yusuf Pathan Who Will Win You Matches Single-Handedly: Krishnamachari Srikkanth

Speaking more about his 20-man likely lineup, Krishnamachari Srikkanth underlined the inclusion of impact players and made analogies to the team that won the 2011 World Cup.

“If you want my medium pacers they would be Bumrah, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh and Mohmmed Siraj. Four medium pacers are enough. Shami would be a so-so. I’m speaking as a chairman of selectors and not a fan, I would instead bring in Hooda. And I believe these are the guys that will win matches, what do you want? You want to win matches, you need horses like Yusuf Pathan who will win you matches single handedly,” said the former star.

Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan
Yusuf Pathan [Image Credit: Getty]
“Even if they win you three of the ten matches that’s enough. Do not expect consistency from these players. We have a player like that in this times squad, Rishabh Pant, do not expect consistency from him. I don’t want consistency, I want to win matches, and if these guys can do it single handedly then great. Who will do that for you? Rishabh Pant will do that for you,” said Krishnamachari Srikkanth.

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