The 2023 World Cup begins in less than seven months, and India head coach Rahul Dravid confirmed that the management has narrowed it down to 17-18 players for the premier fifty-over tournament.
Ahead of the 3rd and final match of the Australia series, Dravid spoke to the press, where he talked about India’s performance in the ongoing tour and preparations for the World Cup. India will enter the tournament with an advantage as the hosts will be well versed with the conditions and know how much spinners would come into play.
For the World Cup, the Men in Blue have two spinners; Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. However, since the start of the year, Yadav has been preferred over Chahal, as the left-arm chinaman has played all eight ODIs in 2023, compared to just two by Chahal.
The reporters asked Dravid about the two spinners and who would be given a longer rope, to which the 50-year-old revealed that Kuldeep Yadav would get more chances as having a left-arm wrist spinner is an advantage for any team.
“Kuldeep will be given a longer run as having a left-arm wrist spinner is a huge advantage. Kuldeep gives us the chance of attacking and taking wickets in the middle overs, which is why he has been given a consistent run.”
Dravid further praised Chahal and said that it is unfortunate that he must sit out of the plating XI.
“We have Chahal, who unfortunately has to sit out. We believe in giving a player enough chances before taking a decision, and Kuldeep is in our plans at the moment.”