What the 2023 World Cup Squad Will Look Like


What the 2023 World Cup Squad Will Look Like

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


n 2023, the eyes of the entire world — or at least those of the former British colonies — will turn to the noisy, colourful, and crowded cricket stadiums of India. The ICC announced the country as the venue for that year’s World Cup. As Indian cricket fans begin practicing how to paint their entire bodies in the tricolour and react five seconds late to TV cameras, this would be a good time to remember a sobering thought: The Indian cricket team will not be the one we’re used to seeing today. Six years is a long time, and we’re going to be seeing a number of changes in the intervening period.

For starters, Anushka will have had plenty of time to make an honest man out of Virat Kohli by then. The skipper will be much mellower on the field, with his barrage of MCs and BCs replaced by a vast repertoire of married uncle PJs. Expect him to respond to Ramiz Raja declaring himself amazed with “Hi Amazed, I’m Virat!”