For the 2023 ODI World Cup, which will be held in India in October and November of this year, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has chosen a shortlist of 20 players who will be taken into consideration for the final selection. The board has thus sought to expedite the selection of the final team, but this might also mean that some players will feel pretty unfortunate to be left out.

While the identities of the players who made the list have not been released by the board, let’s look at five of the players who are most likely to have been passed over.

  1. Prithvi Shaw: Although his international career has been unimpressive so far, it is evident that Shaw can become a star across all platforms. To start the innings, he was ahead of players like Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, and Shubman Gill, but he has since dropped behind the pack. Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul, who starts India’s innings in T20 Internationals, are also included as openers. Shaw has played six ODIs so far, scoring 189 runs at an average of 31.50 and failing to reach a half-century in any of them. His total List A record of 2627 runs at 52.54 in 53 matches with a mind-numbing 123.27 strike rate demonstrates his potential. In addition, he has eight centuries to his credit, including an unbroken 227 in which he struck a double century on 142 balls.
  2. Ruturaj Gaikwad: Similar to Shaw, Gaikwad has had difficulty translating his local cricket prowess to the international game. He has played only nine T20Is for India, hitting a pitiful 135 runs with a strike rate of 123.85 while being a staple for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. Additionally, he has only participated in one ODI so far, the opener against South Africa in October of last year. Gaikwad scored 19 runs in 42 balls as South Africa defeated the opposition by nine runs. Gaikwad has amassed 4034 runs in 71 innings at an average of 61.12 and a strike rate of 101.05, with 15 hundred to his credit, including an unbroken 220 off 159 balls. His total figures in 50-over cricket are remarkable.
  3. Deepak Chahar: The fast bowler rose to prominence near the close of 2021 and was predicted to be a key player for India in the 2022 T20 World Cup. His development in international cricket, though, has been hampered by a persistent back problem. The speed alternatives for India include Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Arshdeep Singh, and Umran Malik, thus Chahar may end up being forced to make way.
  4. Prasidh Krishna: In only 14 matches of his brief career, the 26-year-old has excelled almost every time he has played for India, even achieving two four-wicket hauls. He was sidelined, however, due to a back injury he suffered in September while playing for India A against New Zealand. Indeed, Prasidh’s injury could be a major reason why the likes of Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik could be considered for the role and India would be hoping that he can regain the form he showed in his young international career after returning from injury. Due to his height, speed, and hard lengths, Prasidh was especially devastating in the middle overs, taking 25 wickets at an average of 23.92.
  5. Shardul Thakur: The tenacious Mumbai fast bowler has played a key role in some of India’s most illustrious victories in recent years, both with the bat and the ball. But the reality is that he served as Hardik Pandya’s temporary stand-in. With Pandya roaring back to form with both bat and ball last year, particularly in T20 cricket, it is hard to see Thakur get a run in the already crowded pace department and he cannot be selected in the squad for his batting skills.