The ODI format is now seen differently by players across teams, mainly due to the rise of T20 cricket. In spite of this, a few teams chose to not select some of the T20 specialists in the team. If they were selected for the 2023 ODI World Cup, their situation could have been better. On that note, here, we take a look at three T20 specialists who could have been useful for their teams in the 2023 ODI World Cup if they were picked.
1) Tim David
Tim David made his ODI debut just before the 2023 ODI World Cup. In the preliminary squad, he was not named and hence, he was always not going to be in the picture.
However, after Ashton Agar got injured, Tim David had a slight chance. But, Marnus Labuschagne was selected. Australia, since then, has been struggling for spin options and also firepower in the lower middle-order. With Tim, both these issues could have been solved.
2) Rilee Rossouw
Rilee Rossouw is one of the T20 specialists who could have been useful for their teams in the 2023 ODI World Cup if they were picked. South Africa is in great form in the ongoing World Cup, especially when it comes to their batting.
However, David Miller can at times be inconsistent and this could cost them on the big stage. Hence, a cricketer like Rossouw would have been useful to have. It needs to be noted that he is within the Top 10 in ICC’s T20I batter rankings.
3) Bhanuka Rajapaksa
Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s form has not been great in recent times. However, considering his experience playing in India, he would have been a decent option in the Sri Lankan Team.
Sri Lanka is struggling in the batting department, especially in the middle-order. With Bhanuka, there would have been a solid candidate against spin and also an experienced candidate in the squad.