Rohit Sharma to captain ODI team of 2023; Daryl Mitchell, Adam Zampa also included 

The year 2023 was crucial for one-dayers in the sense that the World Cup in the format was held this year. India and Australia made the grand final of the ICC event. The hosts were undefeated heading into the final but went down to the Aussies, failing to cross the last hurdle. World champions Australia played 22 ODIs in 2023, winning 14 and losing eight. They won the matches that mattered the most. India played as many as 35 matches, winning 27 and losing only seven. The ICC title, though, continued to elude them. England had a poor year and a disastrous World Cup. They won 11 and lost 12 ODIs. New Zealand had a mixed year, winning 15 and losing 17 as did Pakistan, winning 14 and losing 10. Former world champions Sri Lanka won 16 games and lost 15. On that note, let’s look at the ODI team of 2023, dominated by Indians, who had a stellar year.

Openers: Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma (captain)

Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma feature among the top three ODI run-getters of 2023.

Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma feature among the top three ODI run-getters of 2023. They would open the innings in the dream team. Gill, in fact, sits on top of the list. In 29 matches, he scored 1584 runs at an average of 63.36 and a strike rate of 105.45 with five hundreds and nine fifties. Gill scored a fluent 116 off 97 balls against Sri Lanka in Thiruvananthapuram at the start of the year and followed it up with 208 off 149 balls versus New Zealand in Hyderabad. The elegant right-handed batter also clubbed 112 off 78 against the Kiwis in Hyderabad, 121 off 133 versus Bangladesh in Colombo in the Asia Cup and 104 off 97 against Australia in Indore. With a little more luck, he might as well have finished the year with seven or eight ODI tons.

Indian captain Rohit smashed 1255 runs in 26 ODI innings in 2023 at an average of 52.29 and a strike rate of 117.07 with two hundreds and nine fifties. He led the side brilliantly, particularly in the World Cup, and is deservedly the captain of the ODI team of 2023. Rohit began the year with 83 off 67 against Sri Lanka in Guwahati. He scored 101 off 85 balls versus New Zealand in Indore. Rohit’s second ODI ton in the year came against Afghanistan in Delhi in the World Cup as he clobbered 131 off 84 balls. He got India off to fliers in the other games, barring the one against Sri Lanka on his home ground in Mumbai.

Middle-order: Virat Kohli, Daryl Mitchell, Shreyas Iyer, Heinrich Klaasen (wk)

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To say that Virat Kohli was exceptional with the bat in ODIs in 2023 would be an understatement.

To say that Virat Kohli was exceptional with the bat in ODIs in 2023 would be an understatement. He was beyond extraordinary. The former India captain smashed 1377 runs in 24 innings at an average of 72.47 and a strike rate of 99.13 with six hundreds and eight fifties. Of his runs, 765 came in the World Cup itself. Kohli began the year with 113 off 87 versus Sri Lanka in Guwahati and followed it up with 166 not out off 110 balls in Thiruvananthapuram. He also scored an unbeaten hundred against Pakistan in the Asia Cup in Colombo. In the World Cup, Kohli scored tons versus Bangladesh, South Africa and in the semis versus New Zealand. He also made key contributions in league wins over Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. 

Kiwi batter Daryl Mitchell also impressed with 1204 runs in 25 innings at an average of 52.34 and a strike rate of 100.24 with five hundreds. The right-handed batter scored back-to-back tons against Pakistan in Rawalpindi and an unbeaten 118 off 91 balls versus England in Cardiff. In the World Cup, Mitchell scored an unbeaten 89 off 67 against Bangladesh in Chennai and hundreds both times the Kiwis took on India, the second one coming in the semi-final.

Shreyas Iyer is the Indian representation in the middle-order for the ODI team of 2023. The right-handed batter smashed 846 runs in 19 innings at an average of 52.87 and a strike rate of 112.50 with three hundreds. His first ton came against Australia in Indore when he hammered 105 in 90 deliveries. Shreyas had a terrific World Cup, registering scores of 82, 77, 128 not out and 105 in consecutive matches. The second ton came in the semi-final against New Zealand in Mumbai.

Aggressive Proteas cricketer Heinrich Klaasen will be the keeper-batter in the ODI dream team of the year. In 22 innings, he smashed 927 runs at an average of 46.35 and a strike rate of 140.66 with three hundreds and two fifties. Klaasen clubbed 119 not out off 61 against West Indies in Potchefstroom, 174 off only 83 balls against Australia in Centurion and 109 off 67 versus England during the World Cup clash.     

All-rounder: Marco Jansen

South Africa’s Marco Jansen comes in as the all-rounder in the ODI team of 2023. The left-arm pacer claimed 33 wickets in 20 innings at an average of 29.96. With the bat, he chipped in with 406 runs at an average of 33.83 and a strike rate of 116. Jansen had an impressive World Cup as well.  

Bowlers: Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Adam Zampa

Adam Zampa
Seasoned Aussie leggie Adam Zampa will be the second frontline spinner in the dream ODI team of 2023.

Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami were the top three ODI leading wicket-takers of 2023. All of them feature in the ODI team of the year. Left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav picked up 49 wickets in 29 matches at an average of 20.48 with a best of 5/25. Siraj claimed 44 scalps in 24 innings, which included a best of 6/21 in the Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka. Shami picked up 24 wickets in only seven World Cup matches. He ended 2023 with 43 wickets in 19 innings at 16.46 with four five-fors.              

Seasoned Aussie leggie Adam Zampa will be the second frontline spinner in the dream ODI team of 2023. He claimed 38 scalps in 20 innings at an average of 26.31 and an economy rate of 5.78. Amazingly, Zampa picked up three four-fors in a row during the World Cup and followed it up with two three-wicket hauls.         

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