The BCCI released the names of the 15 players who have been selected for the ICC 2019 World Cup. There were just two surprises in the list of 15 as the selectors chose to omit young R Pant and A Rayudu who had earlier been given the nod to take the number 4 position.
KL Rahul And D Karthik Get The Nod
Pant and Rayudu have not impressed the selectors in recent months as they both have been given multiple opportunities to perform and seal the place in the side. The two players also had the opportunity to impress in the 2019 IPL but have not been consistent and it hurt them.
The selectors decided to go with the experienced D Karthik in place of R Pant and KL Rahul got the nod ahead of A Rayudu. However, the selectors will not give Rahul first chance at the number four position as that role will go to promising all-rounder V Shankar. D Karthik was selected on the basis of superior wicket-keeping skills although it will be MS Dhoni who is takes the gloves.
Rahul will serve as the reserve opener in case anything happens to S Dhawan or R Sharma. There is also a possibility that he might take over the number four slot, should V Shankar not have a good run.
India Have A Squad With Great Experience
The selectors have done a good job in shortlisting the final 15. This group of players have a lot of experience in ODI cricket and have the talent to help India go on to win their third ICC World Cup. The selectors have gone with 5 batsmen, 3 all-rounders, 3 fast bowlers, 2 spinners and 2 wicket keepers.
The list of players shortlisted are: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MSD (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami.
The biggest concern for India in recent times has been the number four slot. If V Shankar and KL Rahul fail to perform in England, it could put pressure on the lower order and hurt India’s chances of winning another World Cup.
India are also yet to confirm if they will proceed to play their match against Pakistan on 16th June. Should they forfeit the match due to on-going tension between the two countries, they will lose out on 2 points and this could hurt their chances of making the playoffs, especially if they have a poor start to the tournament.