The 2019 World Cup is starting from May 30th, 2019 and all the teams would have finalized their squad ahead of the World Cup.
Team India look like well-oiled machinery ahead of the World Cup this year. In these ongoing ODI series against Australia at home, the Indian side will look to fine tune and plug some holes which were evident against New Zealand in the last two ODIs.
While the final squad can be announced in mid-April as the deadline is 23 April.
Here’s a look at the probable 15 who will be vying for India’s third World Cup triumph:
ROHIT SHARMA (Vice Captain)
Rohit Sharma’s inclusion in the side for the World Cup 2019 has never been nor will be a topic of debate.
The vice-captain of the side is one of the most consistent performers in the side. Rohit has been in good nick in the recently-concluded ODI series against Australia and New Zealand.
Along with Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul was also suspended and sent back from Australia.But after removal of suspension Rahul is in good form off-late with bat in ongoing Australia series. Hailed as a talented batsman by Rahul Dravid, the India A coach refused to write off KL Rahul yet.
Shikhar Dhawan has always been the star for Team India in ICC tournaments. He was the highest run scorer for India in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and the 2017 Champions Trophy in England.
VIRAT KOHLI (Captain)
Middle-order is one area which will be concerning the Indian team management. Virat Kohli, the skipper, is a certainty at number 3 if not for any unfortunate incidents.
There were never any question marks over his batting prowess. And now with ODI success in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Virat Kohli has proven his ability while leading the side too.
The skipper would be leading from the front with the bat and in England the team would be feeding from his confidence and form.
Kedar Jadhav is certain to be a part of the World Cup 2019 squad. His ability to bat down the order and surprise the opposition with his off-breaks might tilt the balance in his favour. An efficient fielder also, Jadhav’s versatility might convince the team management to not leave him back for the World Cup.
Rayudu in all probability would be playing at the much-debated number four position in the batting line-up at the World Cup 2019. Rayudu’s adaptability and the maturity with which he has gone ahead with his innings would do a world of good to Team India in England if India’s top three fail to consolidate.
There should be no doubts over India’s wicketkeeper in the World Cup as former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is still the favourite for that role in spite of having a pale patch with the bat. He is expected to bat at number 5 in the XI.
Pace bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya is a certainty in the playing XI as his absence exposed the Indian batting order of late. Due to the suspension, Hardik went on to miss the entire three-match ODI series against Australia and the first two ODIs against New Zealand. After having a forgetful outing in his first two matches, Pandya came into his elements in the fifth and final ODI.
If Hardik is unfit Vijay Shankar might fit into the playing XI perfectly. After his all round performance off-late against Australia he will surely be in the squad for World Cup 2019. There is no doubt with his batting abilities but his match winning bowling performance against Australia in Nagpur ODI will help him out.
Jadeja might just be lucky enough to make it to his second World Cup.
Handy with both bat and ball, Jadeja has justified his selection in the past. India surely won’t mind another all-rounder along with Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav.
One half of India’s spin duo, chinaman Kuldeep Yadav has made life difficult for opposition batsmen since his debut in 2017.
With his wrist spin, Kuldeep will continue to be a menace for batsmen in England.
The other half of the Kul-Cha duo, Yuzvendra Chahal has been equally dominant against opposition batsmen in the recent years.
With batsmen failing to read his googlies and falling prey to his tossed ones, Chahal has sealed his place on the flight to England.
Bhuvneshwar has led the Indian pace attack for quite a sometime now and has done the job quite successfully. One of the most economical bowlers in the Indian side, consistency has been the key for Bhuvi. His ability to swing the ball both ways is his most potent weapon.
With English pitches offering movement, Bhuvneshwar will be India’s go to bowler during the World Cup.
Jasprit Bumrah’s inclusion in the World Cup squad is a surety, just like the inclusion of captain Virat Kohli. Otherwise, why else would Bumrah would be rested for the ODI series against New Zealand as well as Australia.
Deemed as India’s death-bowling specialist, Bumrah will be a menace for the opposition with his well-aimed yorkers and slow ones.
Shami’s inclusion in the World Cup 2019 squad is nothing less than a fairytale of sort. Going by the current form, Shami might just edge out Umesh Yadav for a spot in the Indian side during the World Cup. Moreover he might be the asset for the team as mentioned by the former pacer Ashish Nehra.
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