The 15-member India squad have been announced today for the upcoming ICC World Cup which is scheduled to be started from May 30.
Today, the selector MSK Prasad announced the names of the players. Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu couldn’t find their places in the squad while Dinesh Karthik was the notable inclusion. Ravindra Jadeja, KL Rahul, and Vijay Shankar also have been selected.
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Everyone was expecting the youngster Rishabh Pant will get a call but Dinesh Karthik earned the recall. However, the selector shared that Karthik was chosen because of his experience and their performances in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) didn’t affect the selection. The 33-year old Karthik showcased that he can finish the game with his 8-ball 29 in the Nidahas Trophy final.
“We debated at length whether to pick Pant or DK (Dinesh Karthik). We felt that either of them would only come into the XI if Mahi (Dhoni) is injured. We felt that if it is a big game like semifinal or final, keeping ability also matters. Pant was almost there,” MSK Prasad said after the selection meeting in Mumbai on Monday.
“We also discussed in a crunch match who is best suited to handle pressure. Under pressure we have seen DK finishing games,” he further added.
The selector further added that they didn’t consider the other youngsters like Shreyas Iyer and Shubman Gill.
“This squad was very close to the side we picked against Australia. We didn’t consider IPL form. The likes of Iyer and Shubman Gill are doing well but they were not considered,” Prasad said.
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On the other hand, there was a debate between Vijay Shankar and Ambati Rayudu, who would get selected. However, Vijay Shankar has been selected over Rayudu as he has an all-rounder.
“After the 2017 Champions Trophy, we tried a lot of middle-order batsmen which included the likes of Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey. Vijay offered us three dimensions — he might bowl a bit and is fantastic fielder. He is a batman who might bowl a bit. We are looking at him for the No. 4 position. Nothing went against Rayudu but lot of things went in favour of Shankar,” MSK Prasad added that.
“Yes, we are looking at Shankar in that position while Jadhav is another option. Rahul is also there which can look at one of the top order option. But for now, we have picked Rahul as the back-up opener,” he further expressed while talking about the no. 4 place in the squad.
However, the selectors also recalled left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja who has an average 29.92 with the bat from 151 ODIs and 35.89 with the ball with 174 wickets. He has been in a great form in the ongoing IPL.
“Over the last couple of years, Chahal and Kuldeep (Yadav) have won us a lot of games. Jadeja brings in variety among the spinner. The wickets might get drier as the tournament goes on and that’s why we have picked Jadeja,” Prasad said about their thought behind picking up Jadeja.
“Apart from the three pacers, Pandya can bowl, so can Shankar and Jadhav. So we have 7 bowling options. Khaleel (Ahmed) and Navdeep (Saini) were discussed. If need arises, one of them will be picked in the squad,” Prasad expressed while talking about the bowlers.
However, The International Cricket Council (ICC) gives the permission to all countries that they can change the option of this 15-member squad till seven days prior to the start of the mega event. But the chief selector said that this 15-member squad will not be going to be changed unless there is an injury.
Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice-Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami.