5 Players who can replace Rohit Sharma at the 2023 World Cup
These players are most likely to take over the mantle of the Indian team in the next few years.
Published - Jul 19, 2019 12:14 pm | Updated - Sep 15, 2019 2:38 pm
Earlier, scoring a century in the World Cup was considered a huge achievement. Its importance is still the same but nowadays, only one three-figure score is not enough for the batsman to go into the record books. In 2015, Kumar Sangakkara smashed four consecutive tons in a row and this year, Rohit Sharma broke it sensationally with his jaw-dropping form.
The Indian opener started slammed 648 runs in only nine innings with as many as five centuries and ended the tournament as the highest run-getter. It also led Virat Kohli and a few other experts to believe that he is perhaps the best ODI batsman in the world currently.
But by the time the next World Cup arrives, Rohit Sharma will be 36 years old and frankly, won’t be hitting the ball as sweetly as he is doing now. Team India will have to start finding his replacement now itself and plan accordingly with a lot of time left.
Here we bring you five cricketers who can replace Rohit Sharma at 2023 WC:
1. KL Rahul
If there is any player who can match Rohit shot for shot, and has a lazy elegance like him, it is KL Rahul. Rahul today, is exactly like Rohit was before 2013 when he started opening the innings. Rohit’s biggest turning points in his career was becoming an opener and today he is the vice-captain of the Indian team. Who knows what Rahul’s turning point would be? But surely, batting alongside players like Rohit and Virat Kohli would certainly make him a matured and a dependable opener.
His ability with the bat has never been in question and it’s just a matter of time before he gets his act together and starts performing to the level of his abilities. Given his exploits in the IPL, Rahul is perhaps the best option to replace Rohit in 4 years time.
At the moment, he is still unsure about his place in the team and the management needs to give him a long rope and assure him of getting a certain number of matches irrespective of his performance. KL Rahul will be a much-improved player by then as well and if backed, will lead the batting unit of the team.