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.
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.
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.
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