The new format of the ODI World Cup involves all teams playing against all the other teams. Over the course of the competition, injuries could occur and hence, it is really relevant for teams to have an able vice-captain. The leadership group, anyways, needs more hands for effective functioning. On that note, here, we predict the Vice-Captain of each nation for the ODI World Cup 2023.
India – Hardik Pandya
Captain – Rohit Sharma
Hardik Pandya is being groomed as the future white-ball skipper of Team India. Therefore, he is the obvious choice to be the vice-captain of the Indian Team at ODI WC 2023. More than his captaincy, India would need him to fire with the bat and the ball.
Australia – Steve Smith
Captain – Pat Cummins
Steve Smith is likely to be the vice-captain of Australia in the 2023 ODI World Cup. Mitchell Marsh is also an option but at the big stage, with Cummins having injury issues, the best option is to use the experience of Steve Smith in the event.
England – Moeen Ali
Captain – Jos Buttler
Moeen Ali has led England whenever Jos Buttler was not available. Considering Moeen has done a lot of captaincy himself across the globe, his role would be crucial for England. The conditions in India may also suit the skills of the player.
South Africa – Aiden Markram
Captain – Temba Bavuma
Aiden Markram is the T20I skipper of South Africa. Hence, it makes sense that he would be Bavuma’s deputy in the event. David Miller and Quinton de Kock are some of the other options that the Proteas have.
Pakistan – Shan Masood
Captain – Babar Azam
Shan Masood is currently the vice-captain of the white-ball squads. However, based on his batting form, this could change easily. There are other candidates such as Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Afridi, who offer leadership values to the squad.
Sri Lanka – Kusal Mendis
Captain – Dasun Shanaka
Kusal Mendis has held his position recently and hence, he might continue. If not, Wanindu Hasaranga can also be a choice, especially with the all-rounder in good form right now. Sri Lanka is one squad that the other teams must be careful about.
New Zealand – Tom Latham
Captain – Kane Williamson
Kane is all set to be fit by ODI WC 2023. If that happens, Tom Latham would be his deputy. Tim Southee is another candidate and the overall leadership group looks very strong and robust.
Bangladesh – Litton Das
Captain – Shakib Al Hasan (Most Likely)
Bangladesh is yet to announce the new skipper after Tamim Iqbal stepped down. However, it is likely to be Shakib and if that happens, Litton Das would be a fine option to be the vice-captain.
Afghanistan – Rashid Khan
Captain – Hashmatullah Shahidi
Rashid Khan is currently not in the scheme of things when it comes to captaincy. However, the stage is big and Rashid knows the conditions in India very well. He would be the obvious choice to be the deputy to Shahidi in ODI WC 2023.
Netherlands – Wesley Barresi
Captain – Scott Edwards
Scott Edwards has led the team very well and is one of the main reasons for the Dutch to enter the ODI World Cup. The team is full of youngsters and it would be hard to pick a deputy. However, considering his experience, 39-year-old Wesley Barresi would be a logical choice to help out Edwards.