With 2019 ICC World Cup just under 45 days way, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the 15-member India World Cup squad for the highly anticipated event. The selection of Dinesh Karthik over Rishabh Pant will be the talking point about the squad selection. Apart from the usual faces, Vijay Shankar was amongst the surprise additions to the squad.
India’s squad for the ICC #CWC19 announced: Virat Kohli (Capt), 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, Mohd Shami— BCCI (@BCCI) April 15, 2019
The ICC World Cup 2019 commences from 30th May with hosts England taking on South Africa. India play their first match on 5th June.
This is the complete list of the squad that will be representing India in England:
Shikhar Dhawan has been in and out of form for quite some time now. In the recent away tour of Australia, he could manage only 55 runs (including a golden duck) in the 3-match odi series. However, he remains unchallenged at the top spot. He demonstrated his quality in IPL recently, by hitting 97* against KKR. In his last outing in England, he had scored 40, 36, and 44 against the hosts.
Rohit Sharma has been in good form off late. On the tour of Australia, he scored a 185 runs at an average of 61 including a stunning 133 runs stand at Sydney. High hopes will be pinned from the Hitman in England.
Virat Kohli remains India’s most lethal weapons in England. He had a blockbuster away series against England and Australia. However, along with the willow, the 30-year-old will also have to perform well with the Captain’s hat on. In fact, Ricky Ponting even went as far as to say that if Virat Kohli has a good season, India will win World Cup.
Kedar Jadhav faced an injury-marred 2018. But when give chance against Australia, the Maharashtra batsman grabbed it with both the hands. His crucial partnerships with MS Dhoni was crucial for chasing big totals. He too will have a big role to play in England. Jadhav can also be a useful bowler, when called upon.
MS Dhoni dismal form was a big talking point last year, with many feeling that the veteran wicket-keeper had lost his Midas touch. Fast forward to 2019 and it now seems that Dhoni could arguably be the India’s best hope for the third WC trophy along with Virat Kohli. The 37-year-old has again rediscovered his lost form, having recently starred against Australia and in the IPL as well.
In the fight for the No. 4 spot, the question was always between the experienced Dinesh Karthik and the highly potent Rishabh Pant. While some felt that Karthik had the nerves to perform under pressure, others cited that the invaluable World Cup experience shouldn’t be taken away from Pant, widely seen as the long-term replacement for MS Dhoni. And ultimately, the Selectors chose experience over potential. Karthik is not having a great IPL season so far, but comparing T20 performances for an ODI tournament is unwise. Dinesh’s ability to stick around the crease and finish the innings strongly makes him a great prospect for the much-talked about No. 4 spot.
Another victim of the infamous KWK controversy, KL Rahul suffered a considerable slump in the recent ODI series. So much so, that the selectors even fielded youngsters in his place. However, Rahul demonstrated his quality in the ongoing IPL by scoring 335 runs. That was enough for the selectors to recall the batsman/wicket-keeper back in the squad.
2018 will be a forgetful year for Hardik Pandya, having embroiled himself into a major controversy. That was followed by a major injury that kept him out of the recent series against Australia. Nonetheless, Pandya still remains India’s top choice for a quality all-rounder. He has the ability to hit quick runs towards the end of the innings and can be a resourceful all-rounder.
All-rounder Vijay Shankar is another prospective for the No.4 spot along with KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik. The SRH-cricketer was included in the series against Australia and performed moderately well.
Ravindra Jadeja will be a useful all-rounder for India. He has been in good form for CSK in IPL this season, and he will have an important role to play for the national team.
The selection of Jasprit Bumrah, one of world’s best pacers at the moment, in the India World Cup squad was a no-brainer. The fast-bowler has had an impressive season so far and his wicket-taking abilities will be highly revered for in England.
Another expected selection. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s abilities to swing ball will be an important asset for the Indian team. Much will be expected from him.
Mohammed Shami completes the Indian pace department. The fast bowler also had a forgetful 2018, both on and off the field. Nonetheless, he has shown signs of resurrection of late. Shami’s pace and bounce would be a great asset for the team on English pitches.
Kuldeep Yadav starred in India’s tour of England. He scalped 9 wickets in the three-game ODI series, including a Man of the Match performance of 6/25 in the first ODI. India won that match by 8 wickets. Although he is not his greatest form in the ongoing IPL, he will still be India’s leading spinner in England.
One of the finds of IPL, Yuzvendra Chahal is another bowler that will take control of India’s spin department. The 28-year-old displayed his skills in the tour of Australia, where he recorded the figures of 6/42 at the iconic MCG. Not only that, but he also became only the second bowler to scalp 6-wickets in both ODI and T20I.