ICC World Cup Team India Selected Players List Announced, Highlights: Shankar, Jadeja included, Karthik picked over Pant

ICC World Cup Team India Selected Players List Announced, Highlights: Shankar, Jadeja included, Karthik picked over Pant

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India XI for 2019 World Cup: Vrat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma(vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami

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That brings us to the end of our coverage of the India World Cup squad announcement, with the MSK Prasad-led selection panel announcing a 15-man contingent that largely met everyone's expectations. There were a couple of tussles over spots, the most prominent one being that between Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant as MS Dhoni's back-up — the former getting the nod in this case. Meanwhile, Vijay Shankar has been backed by the selection panel as their pick for the contentious No 4 slot, one that had generated a lot of debate over the last few months. 

Time for us to shift our attention back to the Indian Premier League, with Mumbai Indians (MI) set to host Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Wankhede Stadium later this evening. We have a little under a month left in the 2019 edition of the IPL before we set our sights on arguably the most coveted prize in international cricket. 

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Defending champions Australia, who have lifted the coveted trophy five times in the history of the competition, were the second team to announce their World Cup squad earlier on Monday. Steve Smith and David Warner found their names included in the Aaron Finch-led pack, and Josh Hazlewood was one prominent name missing out. Here's the full squad.

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New Zealand were the first side to announce their squad for the 2019 World Cup, including Tom Blundell in their 15-man Kane Williamson-led contingent. Check out the full squad here

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I like the fact that the selectors have gone just with three fast bowlers, because Pandya is sure to play every game and is likely to fill in the middle overs. And India are sure to play both Kuldeep and Chahal. Just one change from the squad I had picked. 

Snehal Pradhan, freelance cricket writer

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Looks like Dinesh Karthik's exclusion from the series against Australia was a smokescreen. He makes the final cut, and no one will grudge him that. Both the Nidahas Trophy characters are the story of the day, as Vijay Shankar also gets a look in. I like that selection, it's bold, and a huge responsibility on Shankar. Karthik provides a more reliable back up for the No 4 slot as well.

Snehal Pradhan, freelance cricket writer

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Justified exclusion?

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The bowling department is one the selectors would've hardly thought much over. 

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It is apparent that the selectors have ceded ground to the captain in going with Dinesh Karthik rather than Rishabh Pant. And it is heartening to see the return of Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja to the squad after both were left in the wilderness (for various reasons) in the three years after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand. They forced themselves in the reckoning with good performances in the past season.

G Rajaraman, senior journalist

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There are two areas that India will hope will not bug the team during the World Cup campaign. The first is the relative inexperience middle-order batting and that can be handled by spreading the available experience. The easiest solution would be to have skipper Virat Kohli drop down to No. 4 and let KL Rahul bat at one-drop. Vijay Shankar could be sandwiched between Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Hardik Pandya to ensure that those with fewer than 20 games bat alongside the more experienced hands.

The other facet that is quite stark is that the team has just three specialist fastmedium bowlers in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah. Hardik Pandya has given the team management and the selectors confidence that he can deliver 10 overs of quality and pick up wickets as well. India will have to keep a couple of fastmedium bowlers in a state of preparedness either at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru or, better still, in England.

G Rajaraman, senior journalist

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ICC World Cup India team players 2019 announcement live updates: Indian selectors will meet on 15 April in Mumbai to pick the squad for the showpiece event.

Click here to find out at what time the announcement of India's squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be made.

ICC World Cup India team players 2019 announcement preview: India's 15-member squad for the ICC World Cup will be selected on April 15 in Mumbai.

The last date for announcing the World Cup squads is 23 April but BCCI has decided to announce it eight days prior to the scheduled day. The World Cup will be starting on 30 May in United Kingdom.

Indian selectors will announce the team for the World Cup on Monday. File image

Indian selectors will announce the team for the World Cup on Monday. File image

At the end of the ODI series against Australia, India captain Virat Kohli said that "just one spot" is up for grabs in the World Cup squad.

“We are more or less sorted,” Kohli said. “Now, it’s about giving guys their roles and expect them to stand up. We are not at all confused. Maybe there’s just one spot we’ve to discuss.”

While Kohli said India are looking to fill just one more spot, the selectors would know that they have more than one spot to fill and various combinations to look at.

Will Ambati Rayudu continue to be India's No 4 choice or Vijay Shankar will get that spot? Will Ravindra Jadeja go to England in place of the fourth seamer? Will Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik be included as second choice wicket-keeper? The selectors will be faced with many such questions when they sit to pick the squad.

At least 11 players are certain to be picked into the squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami.

Rayudu remained the choice for No 4 for long but his recent lack of form could rule him out. In such a case, Vijay Shankar could get the spot. Another favourite for the No 4 spot is KL Rahul, who is back among runs, and could also end up as the middle-order choice. Another reason that makes Rahul's case strong is his ability to play as back-up keeper.

Rahul' selection could also mean bad news for Karthik and Pant. Both the wicket-keeper batsmen have been plagued with inconsistency and that could go against them.

Another possible headache for the selectors could be whether to settle for a third spinner in form of Ravindra Jadeja or the fourth pacer. The ability of Pandya and Shankar to pitch in as medium-pace bowler could go against the pacers.

Potential options:

If 2nd keeper: Dinesh Karthik/Rishabh Pant

If specialist No 4: Ambati Rayudu/KL Rahul/Vijay Shankar

If 4th pacer: Umesh Yadav/Khaleel Ahmed/Ishant Sharma/Navdeep Saini

If 3rd spinner: Ravindra Jadeja

Updated Date: April 15, 2019 16:24:54 IST

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