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2022 Exclusive: Current Two Best ODI Playing 11 for Team India

Rohit Sharma leads the primary team as we see the comparison of 2022 current two best ODI playing 11 for Team India.  

After playing back-to-back T20I World Cups, Team India are now gearing for the mega clash in the form of the ODI World Cup. It’s the format that would get the maximum attention in the coming 8-10 months before the showdown in October 2023. More and more bets on
exchange suggest that Team India would see their senior players give more importance to the 50-overs format. 

Post the 2022 T20 World Cup, Team India have already started experimenting keeping the World Cup in mind. In the four ODIs that India have played so far, we have already seen 3 debutants. This shows India are in experimentation mode, and want to try as many players as possible before selecting the final 15 for the showbiz event. 

So, in our bid to know the backup army that we have, let’s look at 22 players that are the best that India have right now for the ODI format. So, the article highlights the 2022 two best ODI playing 11 for Team India with one being the primary 11 and the other being the secondary 11 for World Cup 2023. 


Primary: Rohit Sharma & Shikhar Dhawan

Secondary: Shubman Gill & Ishan Kishan

Talking about our two best openers in the ODI format, we are already seeing that right now in the Bangladesh ODI series. It’s the left-right combination of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. These two have been opening together in all ICC tournaments since 2013, and 2023 will be no different. Undoubtedly, these two are the best that we have right now for the ODI format. 

Coming to the Backup openers, we once again have the left-right combination of Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan. Of the two, Shubman Gill is a preferred backup option who has done superbly well in ODIs in the last one year. Meanwhile, Kishan has been in contention too for ODIs, and if needed, can be called as a cover opener. 


Primary: Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (wk) & KL Rahul

Secondary: Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav & Sanju Samson (wk)

Coming to the middle-order, the primary team has the combination of Virat Kohli at 3, Rishabh Pant at 4, and KL Rahul at 5. This is the best we can get right now. But in case Pant doesn’t keep his form, we can also see KL Rahul keep with one of SKY or Iyer making it to the playing 11. Nonetheless, these three make up for a perfect middle-order with Virat Kohli back to his beast best. 

Coming to the secondary 11, we have Shreyas Iyer at 3, Suryakumar Yadav at 4, and Sanju Samson at 5. All three are full of potential, and if need be, all three can also make it to the final 15. But for now, the combination of Iyer, SKY, and Samson potent backup option that India can look at. 


Primary: Hardik Pandya & Ravindra Jadeja

Secondary: Deepak Hooda & Washington Sundar

Coming to the all-rounders, India have Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja as their first-choice options. Again, there is no question about any other all-rounder if these two are fit. Both are pure all-round options being equally good in all three areas. While Jadeja is currently nursing an injury, India would hope Jadeja is fit and available unlike Asia Cup and T20 World Cup 2022. 

Coming to the secondary all-rounders that India have, Deepak Hooda and Washington Sundar make it to the Squad as the batting all-rounder and bowling all-rounder respectively. Again, these two may not match the capabilities of Hardik and Jaddu, but can be potent options to look at with each having its own strengths. 


Primary: Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj & Yuzvendra Chahal

Secondary: Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Arshdeep Singh & Kuldeep Yadav

Talking about the best bowlers for India in the primary and secondary category, we have Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Yuzvendra Chahal forming the primary bowing attack. Whereas the secondary bowling attack comprises of Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Arshdeep Singh, and Kuldeep Yadav. 

For the primary attack, all three pacers, Bumrah, Shami, and Siraj are good in all three situations. Be it Powerplay, Middle overs or Death overs. Whereas in the secondary attack, Deepak is good for the Powerplay, Shardul for the Middle and Death Overs, and Arshdeep Singh for the Powerplay and the Death overs.

If we compare the bowling attack for India in both categories, the primary attack looks strong without any doubt. But where the secondary attack excels is the batting depth they bring in. Except for Arshdeep, Deepak Chahar, Shardul, and Kuldeep are valuable batters. Whereas in the primary attack, only Shami is capable of hitting well.

Primary Best ODI Playing 11 for Team India: 

Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (wk), KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj & Yuzvendra Chahal

Secondary Best ODI Playing 11 for Team India: 

Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson (wk), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav & Arshdeep Singh

So, that’s about the comparison of the two current best ODI Playing 11 for Team India. Undoubtedly, the depth of India in terms of player quality is unmatchable. There is no question on either the quality or quantity that India have, but ultimately it would be about the captaincy and execution that India would have to work on in the coming year. 

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