The BCCI today announced the 15-man squad for Indian team. Here is the Indian squad for the World Cup 2019, slated to be played in England from May 30.
Indian team for 2019 World Cup: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Kartik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami.
BCCI’s MSK Prasada: All of us felt that either Pant or Kartik will only come into playing XI if Mahi is injured. If it is a crucial match, wicket-keeping also matters, so that is the only reason why we went ahead with Dinesh Kartik otherwise Rishabh Pant was almost there. pic.twitter.com/HzRMMkeOtT
— ANI (@ANI) April 15, 2019
Among the notable exclusions from the 15-member squad are wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant and middle-order bat Ambati Rayudu. While Pant lost out on the second-wicket keeper slot to the more experienced Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul got the nod ahead of Rayudu. The latter’s poor run with the bat of late had a big role to play in his axing while Rahul’s impressive return following the Koffee With Karan controversy got him the World Cup nod.
MSK Prasad, the Chairman of selectors said that they went for Karthik as he possess better wicket keeping skills. “It’s definitely a case where we debated for long. We all felt that either Pant or Karthik will come in the playing XI if Dhoni is injured. We all felt if the injury happens in the semi-finals, wicket-keeping also matters, so that is the reason why we went for Karthik instead of Pant,” MSK Prasad, the Chairman of selectors told reporters.
The selectors have picked Ravindra Jadeja in the final squad and the chairman of selectors said that the all-rounder was picked keeping the conditions of the pitches in mind. “In the last one year, Kuldeep and Chahal have won us many games. But there might be a situation when you require an additional all-rounder in the playing XI, which Jadeja brings in, and in the second part of the tournament, wickets may be a bit drier so that’s where we think Jadeja will come in handy,” MSK Prasad said.
“After the Champions Trophy, we tried a lot of middle order batsmen, which includes Karthik as well. We gave Rayudu many chances, but Shankar gives us ability with the three dimensions (bowling, batting, fielding). If the conditions are suitable, he can come in as an all-rounder. Shankar is a batsman who can bowl, we are looking to play him at number four,” MSK Prasad said.
The 50-over tournament will take place in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14. India will open their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5.
(With FPJ Web Desk inputs)