India’s Squad for WC 2019
The Indian line-up for the World Cup was announced by the BCCI yesterday. While there were no major changes in the team, the inclusion of Dinesh Karthik, in place of Rishabh Pant raised a few eyes. The rest of the team was quite as expected with their recent victories overseas.
Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Vijay Shankar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja.
There were no revelations as the MSK Prasad-headed selection committee maintained continuity in their choices with the only topic of discussion being the second wicketkeeper.
The 33-year-old Karthik got the stamp of approval despite an indifferent IPL campaign with the Kolkata Knight Riders. His performances in high-pressure situations might have been the edge that made selectors go with him instead of Rishabh Pant.
There had been a lot of talk regarding the potential number 4 for India, a sore point that the team has been facing & trying to resolve for quite a while now. Vijay Shankar or Kedar Jadhav looks like the perfect contenders for this spot. There were speculations of Ambati Rayudu being the No.4, but his recent performances may have led to him being left out.
The second wicketkeeper slot has gone to Karthik, while KL Rahul will be the reserve opener. Alongside wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja took up the third spinner’s slot. The four pacers in the side picked themselves with Jasprit Bumrah leading an attack, followed by Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and all-rounder Hardik Pandya.
While most of the squad was as expected, the exclusion of Rishabh Pant, who had a decent tour of England last year along with Ambati Rayudu who was India’s No. 4 batsman in the last series against Australia was a bit of a concern. BCCI and Virat Kohli seem to have gone with the tried and tested line-up and with experience over youth talent.
Another point in this line-up is that India has chosen to go with only 3 pacers in the squad. Given the conditions of England and the bouncy pitches up for offers, this may put some pressure on Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar who have to play the role of the 4th pacer.
Our Best XI (in Batting Order): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), Vijay Shankar / Kedar Jadhav, M S Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja / Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah