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Men in blue The 15 on road to glory: #CWC2019

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 • Common Sport News Comments

On Monday, The 15 member Indian squad for Cricket World cup 2019. The men in blue will start their campaign against South Africa on the 5th of June at Southampton. 

This 10 team world cup has got the 1992 world cup format, Which means, Every team would get to play each other once, Prior to the semi-finals, and the big final on July 14th at Lord's 

There are 7 members of the 2015 World cup squad in this editions squad, While Only Dhoni and Kohli are from the squad that won the world cup at home in 2011.

India's squad as follows 

Virat Kohli, 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 and Mohammed Shami

With a clear statement on Vijay Shankar that conveys he has been perceived "As a batsman who can bowl " and a defined perspective on Dinesh Karthik, the national selection panel has made it very clear to the public, That even the exclusions of Rayudu and Pant could be justified.

Rayudu, Despite being labelled as "The number 4 " slot candidate by captain Kohli before the beginning of the Asia Cup a few months earlier, Has lost his place in the squad mainly due to lack of ability to accelerate.A trait which was more visible during some knocks in which he kept on scoring 20-40 runs and not more than that. Although he did manage to play some good knocks in UAE, Asia and even in New Zealand, His first few runs looked full of nervousness in almost all his knocks.Such nervousness would make a heavy impact in the proceedings of any crunch game on a given day 

Now, The selectors seem to have gotten ready to give the role to Vijay Shankar, Who actually replaced Hardik for the Australia tour's ODI series, when the latter was suspended as an after effect of controversial comments he made in a TV show.

Since then, The Tamil Nadu allrounder has been given great value in the team, which reflected in a recent noteworthy and match-winning performance of 41 off 46 in the middle order ,Plus the act of defending 11 runs by bowling the final over and going on to pick up 2 wickets in three balls in the match against Australia at Nagpur .

Now, Its almost certain that we may get to see Shankar as the primary player to take charge as the number 4 in the XI.

It will be really hard to believe the fact.Someone who made his ODI debut in 2004, Is yet to play in ODI world cup match. He got selected as a backup keeper in the 2007 world cup which took place in the West Indies, Yet, Didnt gets a game in that disastrous showdown in which India faced a first-round exit . In the two subsequent editions of the world cup, His name didn't even feature in the squad.

Yes, Dinesh Karthik is selected in the squad of 15. Yet, It will be his first ODI world cup if he gets a slot in the playing XI.

It's very obvious that the experience of DK is more reliable than the youth of Pant, In an ICC event, As the Delhi youngster doesn't seem to have gained momentum in ODI cricket despite his strong performances in tests.

The moment that pant got to face from the crowd at Mohali, When he missed a stumping, Is an example of what he would get to face in the world cup, In case if his performances go downhill. The exclusion would be a blessing in disguise for the future of pant. 

With Hardik's fitness being a concern, Ravindra Jadeja can be considered as an alternative, in that case.

With 3 mainstream pacers in that line up (Plus Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya), There isn't any obvious need for backup pacers. There may be 2 spinners in the XI. 

It is stated that 4 pacers would travel to England, Serving multipurpose as net bowlers as well as possible injury replacements. Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, and Aveeh Khan are declared as additional travellers.

In fact, Saini's name was discussed to be included in the 15, According to the chairman of selectors.

With Dhawan and Rohit certainly in a position to open, Rahul has been taken in As the backup opener.

One factor of concern is that, If Hardik Pandya has to be given rest, Jadeja may replace him. Yet, As it would become impossible to field three spinners, either Kuldeep or Chahal would have to make way for Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.

Similarly, In case if Jadhav may get injured, Jadeja may step in, To avoid lack of bowling options. Hardik's full-fledged contribution with the ball in every match, Is also doubtful.

These things alone could become disadvantages or potential threats to an otherwise strong. squad. It's just that the XI may have to witness multiple replacements instead of just one for one 

We could get to see the following XI 

R.Sharma 
S.Dhawan
V.Kohli
V.Shankar 
MS.Dhoni (W/K)
K.Jadhav 
H.Pandya 
Shami 
Kuldeep 
Chahal
Bumrah 


-Kumaran Kumanan

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