India declared their World Cup squad Under Virat Kohli’s captaincy. Despite the strong names like Rishab Pant and Ambati Rayudu was performing well for the recent time but lost their positions to KL Rahul, Dinesh Kartik, and Vijay Shankar.
India has declared World Cup team
Therefore, the selection panel was under Mannava Prasad and Captain Virat Kohli. Both were in BCCI headquarter in Mumbai and proposed their choices. Accordingly, Ambati Rayudu and Pant were among the contenders for the spot, but the selectors seem to have placed their faith in Karthik, with Vijay Shankar marked as an alternative if required. “Under pressure, we have seen Dinesh Karthik finishing matches. That scored for him”
Mannava Prasad thinks it as the best combination
“It’s definitely a case where we have debated at length and all of us, in unison, felt that either Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik will only come into the playing XI if MS Dhoni is injured. So, at that juncture, if it is a crucial match, like a semi-final or an important game, wicketkeeping also matters.”
Then further added that “So under such situations, in crunch matches, who is the best guy who can handle the pressure? That is the reason that went in favor of Dinesh Karthik. Pant is full of talent. There’s a lot of time for him. It’s just unfortunate that he’s missed out. Under pressure, we have seen Dinesh Karthik finishing matches. That scored for him.”
India was finding a perfect middle-order from the Champion Trophy
As India was finding a perfect middle-order from the Champion Trophy and Mannava Prasad clarified it. “After the Champions Trophy (2017), we have tried quite a few middle-order batsmen, which also includes Dinesh Karthik at that order, and we also tried Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey. We did give a few more chances to Rayudu but what Vijay Shankar offers is three dimensions: apart from his batting, he can bowl; if the conditions are suitable, overcast, which we might encounter in England, he might bowl a bit and he’s a fantastic fielder.”
The confusion about the middle order, “Vijay Shankar comes in as a batsman who can bowl. We are looking at him at No. 4 and with Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav in, we have plenty of options at that No. 4 slot right now. It’s not anything that went against him, it’s only the thing that went in favor of Vijay Shankar because he adds more dimensions to that role and, with his fielding and bowling abilities, that’s where he scored ahead of him”
Mannava Prasad answered on the question of Kedar Jadhav, “In the last one, one-and-a-half years, it’s these two wrist spinners who have won us games. But there might be a situation where you might require an additional allrounder in the playing XI, which Jadeja brings in,” Prasad said. “In the second part of the tournament, where the wickets may be a bit drier. That’s where we felt Jadeja will come in handy. That’s the reason why he’s in.”
On the bowling attack, India has two frontline spinners- wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal with three of fast bowlers in Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami as well as three all-rounders, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, and Vijay Shankar.
Let’s have a look on their squad
Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma (vice-capt), 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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Therefore, India declared their World Cup squad Under Virat Kohli’s captaincy. Hope India will rescue the trophy for the third time.