Team India’s 2023 calendar: Men in Blue to have an eventful year

Team India will have a busy calendar in 2023 both at home and abroad. The Men in Blue will start 2023 hoping to move on from their failures in the 2022 Asia Cup and ICC T20 World Cup and fans have been promised by skipper Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid.

The likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul will also be keen to maximize their chances of regaining their best form this year. New stars will emerge like every year, but it’s unclear who they all might be.

From January 3 to 15, India will host a white-ball series against Sri Lanka to open their schedule. There will be three ODIs and three T20 matches in the series against the Asian champions. Suryakumar Yadav will serve as assistant captain to Hardik Pandya for the T20I team while Rohit will serve as Pandya’s skipper for the ODI series. India will be eager to win both the trophies and avenge their loss in the Asia Cup.

Then, from January 18 to February 1, New Zealand will tour India for a three-match series of T20 Internationals and One Day Internationals. With the white-ball series in New Zealand interrupted and matches called off due to weather, fans will be hoping to see these top two teams play all six matches.

The defense of the Border-Gavaskar trophy could be India’s most important task at home. Three One Day Internationals and four Tests at home will make up the Australian series. The series will undoubtedly be a visual delight thanks to the plethora of stars on both sides.

India’s path to the World Test Championship final will be heavily influenced by the Test series, and if they win it decisively, they could play the summit clash at Lord’s, the “home of cricket”, in June.

India will begin their overseas campaign in July with a tour of the West Indies, where they will play two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is. India’s next full tour to South Africa will be in December 2023 after hosting Australia for a limited-overs series.

India will also be eager to win the Asia Cup again after losing in last year’s round of four. This year it will be played in 50 over format. The dates of the event have not yet been officially announced.

The reward for victory would be the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup. Undoubtedly, India would engage in a fierce battle. It will take place in October-November 2023 and will serve as the biggest event of the year.

India will be the first full-time host of the event, after co-hosting the tournament in 1987, 1996 and 2011. To win cricket’s top prize for the third time and their first ICC major trophy since the 2011 World Cup, Rohit Sharma-led India will look to go all-out in home conditions.

(With ANI inputs)

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