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ODI World Cup 2023: India's 'Spinner Dilemma'

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India is likely to proceed with all their might to end the decade-long trophy drought in the forthcoming ODI World Cup 2023, beginning on 5 October. Their last ICC trophy was the Champions Trophy title in 2013.

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Unsurprisingly, spinners are going to play a key role in the Indian pitches. The fact that there's no dearth of good spinners is a good problem to solve for the Indian team's management.

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Two of the biggest contenders for the No. 4 spot are currently battling injuries. There's no confirmation of their comeback, although as per credible reports, KL Rahul is available for the Asia Cup.

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R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, and Yuzvendra Chahal will be fighting for the remaining two spots in the playing XI. We assess these players to see who is going to make a cut to the final squad.

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Kuldeep YadavKuldeep Yadav has been the most consistent spinner in the build-up to the event, recently picking up seven wickets in three ODIs against West Indies. He leads the race to play as the first-choice spinner.

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Yuzvendra ChahalYuzvendra Chahal has lost his mojo  lately, with the batters finding him easy to take on. If Chahal performs well in the Asia Cup, we might see the famed-duo of Kul-Cha at some point during the World Cup.

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R AshwinR Ashwin hasn't played a lot in this format, but if India is looking for variety and experience, there's no one better than him. What's more, he can even chip in with the bat.

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Axar PatelAxar Patel's chance to make it to the final squad looks slim, because India already has a player with the same skillset in Ravindra Jadeja. However, Axar can be the back-up spin all-rounder.

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