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IPL 2023 Underperformers who made it to World Cup squad

All-rounder Hardik Pandya has been elevated as the Vice Captain of Team India for the ODI World Cup 2023.

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Rohit Sharma and Tilak Varma Dismissals.
Rohit Sharma and Tilak Varma Dismissals. (Photo Source: Surjeet Yadav, Pankaj Nangia/Getty Images)

The ODI World Cup 2023 is around the corner and the excitement is on a high. The players who last assembled in India for IPL 2023 are back for the global showdown this time. However, since its inception keeping IPL away from International cricket is not easy.

The IPL 2023 came up with some exceptional performances and close shave games including the final. Rinku Singh, Shubman Gill, and Yashasvi Jaiswal took IPL as the golden ticket to make their names but some players were not in prime form during the showpiece franchise event. But, they are back to forget their poor outing and make this World Cup their own.

The IPL has always been a criterion for selecting and eliminating players from the squads. This has been a trend in Team India as well as with other countries over the last few years. However, some players have been able to occupy a place in the World Cup even after having a dismal IPL 2023 and are a vital cog in their respective teams. In the same vein, here we are discussing the players who had a dismal time in the coveted league and yet they made the cut to represent their countries at the global marquee event in the form of the ODI World Cup 2023.

Here are the 5 underperformers of IPL 2023 who made it to World Cup squads:

5. Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Rohit Sharma is the skipper of Team India and its most reliable opener as well. He is playing his third World Cup and carrying the burden of a billion fans. Despite a dismal show in IPL 2023 where he captains Mumbai Indians Rohit Sharma must have been the first name penned by the Indian selectors.

He scored 332 runs in IPL 2023 with just two 50+ scores. His average was also 20.75 against his career average of 29.58. Despite his poor show with bat, his team reached the playoffs by grabbing the fourth spot on the table. However, the only good part of this season for him was scoring runs at an SR of 132.80 to prove his new approach to attacking cricket at the top.

He will form a solid opening pair with Shubman Gill, including Virat Kohli as another top-order batter, who will be threatening to all the opponents. Interestingly enough, despite having looked lacklustre with the bat this year, the hitman has seemed to pick up his mojo gradually ahead of the ODI World Cup 2023. Moreover, his ability to clean striking can be his biggest weapon. He scored 5 hundred in the last edition and would like to perform similarly.

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