Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan has revealed the first five players he would choose for his ideal starting XI at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup this year.

One of the best white-ball players in recent memory, Dhawan frequently saves his best efforts for the World Cup. Three of his 17 ODI hundreds have come at the prestigious 50-over competition.

At the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales, Dhawan feasted on Australia. The brash opener struck a stunning 117 at The Oval, becoming the 37-year-old one of just six players to have scored hundreds at the two most recent competitions.

It’s hardly surprising that Dhawan includes one player from each of Australia, Afghanistan, and South Africa in his fantasy XI for the 2023 World Cup, which also features two of his India colleagues.

Virat Kohli – World Cup appearances (2011, 2015, 2019), ICC ODI Batter Ranking: 9

Dhawan automatically chose Kohli for his fantasy XI because he has played in three World Cups and had previously won on home soil in 2011.

Naturally, Virat was chosen first, according to Dhawan.

He has been racking up runs like crazy and is the top batter in the world.

Rohit Sharma – World Cup appearances (2015, 2019), ICC ODI Batter Ranking: 11

Rohit struck century at the last two World Cups, just as Dhawan, so it’s simple to include the India skipper in his ideal team.

Rohit is a very seasoned consumer, according to Dhawan.

He’s a proven player (on the big stage) and has scored a lot of runs in ICC events and bilateral (series).

Mitchell Starc – World Cup appearances (2015, 2019), ICC ODI Bowler Ranking: 2

Dhawan believes that Starc, who took the most wickets at the 2019 event in England and Wales with 27, may have a similar influence at the 2023 competition.

As one of the top fast bowlers in the world, Dhawan said, “I’ll go with Mitchell Starc.”

Rashid Khan – World Cup appearances (2019), ICC ODI Bowler Ranking: 3

Rashid only managed to take six wickets in his 2019 World Cup debut, but Dhawan thinks the ace spinner will be more at home on sub-continental pitches.

Rashid Khan, with his mysterious motion, will be the fourth player, remarked Dhawan with a smile.

“I have no doubt that he will have a significant impact in India and take many wickets.”

Kagiso Rabada – World Cup appearances (2019), ICC ODI Bowler Ranking: 15

Shaheen Afridi of Pakistan is a strong pace spearhead, but Dhawan wanted more diversity in his assault so he chose the lion-hearted South Africa quick.

Dhawan stated, “I’ll go with Rabada because I wouldn’t take Shaheen Afridi because then there would be two left-arm pacers.”

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