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Indian Team Squad for ICC World Cup 2019 Live Updates: Vijay Shankar, Karthik, Jadeja Included; Pant & Rayudu Left Out

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: April 15, 2019, 4:08 PM IST
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Prasad clarified that performances at the ongoing IPL were not considered by the selectors. This meant that Pant’s 245 runs in eight games didn’t count for much as compared to Karthik’s 111 runs in the same number of matches.

“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.

The other major debate was on the choice between Vijay and Rayudu. The chairman of selectors felt it was a case of Vijay doing more things right than Rayudu doing any wrong.

“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.

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Overall international record - Shankar: 266 runs in 18 innings at an average of 29.55 and strike rate of 109.01

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Overall LIST A record impressive for a batting all-rounder: 1613 runs in 55 innings at an average of 36.65 and strike rate of 92.48, including 2 hundreds

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STATS: Vijay Shankar has batted in 5 ODI innings - 2 from Number 5 and 7 each and one from Number 6.

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Though selectors have backed him to bat at no.4, the problem is Vijay Shankar has never batted at that spot for India! Selectors have certainly shown a lot of faith in the all-rounder, can he deliver in England?

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Talking point will certainly be the exclusion of Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu, Pant was pipped by many to be the frontrunner for the backup wicket-keeper's spot but the youngster has been omitted. He will now certainly have a point to prove in the remaining games of the IPL!

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Hardik's back injury is not bad. Only as a precaution we left him out of Australia series: MSK Prasad

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For the initial period, KL Rahul will be considered a reserve opener. If need arises, that might change: MSK Prasad

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Dinesh Karthik's ability to handle pressure and his wicket-keeping skills meant that he has got the nod over Rishabh Pant: MSK Prasad. He further clarifies that MS is the first choice keeper and DK will only play in case of an injury.

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Four additional medium pacers will travel to England with the team as practice net bowlers: Chief Selector MSK Prasad

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Saini and Khaleel Ahmed were among the other names discussed says chief selector MSK Prasad, in case of any injuries to fast bowlers, these two will be sent as replacement

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India's World Cup Squad: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Shikhar Dhawan, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (WK), Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah,Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya

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The selectors are sitting now and World Cup squad is being announced now

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1. RAHUL:

ODI numbers: 343 runs in 13 innings at an average of 34.3 and strike rate of 80.89.

But Great IPL: The second-highest scorer in this edition with 335 runs in 8 innings at an average of 67 and strike rate of 130.85 (including his maiden IPL hundred). 



 

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RAYUDU:

RAYUDU'S DUAL PROBLEM - STRIKE RATE AND FORM

CAREER STRIKE RATE: 79.04

FORM (LAST 10 INNINGS)

AVERAGE: 30.87

FIFTY-PLUS: 1

STRIKE RATE: 75.3

BELOW-20 SCORES: 6

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PANT:

For:

- GREAT BEGINNING TO TEST CAREER (2 HUNDREDS AND AVERAGE OF 49.71 IN 9 TESTS)
- GREAT T20 DOMESTIC RECORD (2197 RUNS AT AVERAGE OF 33.80 AND STRIKE RATE OF 161.30)
- IMMENSE TALENT WITH EVERY SHOT IN THE BOOK


Against:

- INEXPERIENCE: 5 ODIS AND 15 T20IS WITH NO SPECTACULAR INNINGS
- LACK OF MATURITY: TENDENCY TO THROW WICKET AWAY AFTER START

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Here are some big numbers to look at in the battle between Karthik and Pant!

KARTHIK:

For:

- EXPERIENCE: 91 ODIs
- FORM: 425 RUNS IN 17 INNINGS SINCE 2017 AT AVERAGE OF 47.22
- GREAT CHASER: 330 RUNS IN 11 INNINGS SINCE 2017 AT AVERAGE OF 82.50


Against:

- AGE: ALMOST 34
- STRIKE RATE: 75.22 (SINCE 2017)



14:58(IST) Here is one more fan giving his inputs on the final 15, do you agree with this team? #YourCallonCN
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Indian Team Squad for ICC World Cup 2019 Live Updates: Vijay Shankar, Karthik, Jadeja Included; Pant & Rayudu Left Out

Vijay Shankar celebrates taking a wicket (@ICC)

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Follow all the developments and live updates from the announcement of the Indian squad for the cricket world cup 2019: India's World Cup Squad: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Shikhar Dhawan, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (WK), Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah,Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya

The Indian team squad announcement for the cricket world cup 2019 will be broadcast on Monday (April 15) from 3:30 PM onwards on Star Sports 1,Star Sports 1 Hindi,Star Sports 1HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD. Indian cricket team squad announcement for the world cup 2019 live streaming will be available on Hotstar. You can follow all the updates with live commentary with analysis on our live blog.

It is the most-awaited team selection in recent memory and the reason is simple — the 15 players named will attempt to win India the World Cup for the third time in history after 1983 and 2011. Unlike recent editions, practice of announcing a 30-member squad and pruning it down to 15 has been dispensed with, in accordance with Member Participation Agreement (MPA) of the International Cricket Council (ICC). The five national selectors led by chairman and former India wicketkeeper MSK Prasad will announce the final squad in Mumbai on Monday.

The majority of the Indian squad picks itself, having consistently represented the country in the 50-over format in the last two years, after their loss in the 2017 Champions Trophy final. In fact, the XI for India’s first two World Cup games, against South Africa (June 5) and Australia (June 9), looks set on paper — 1. Rohit Sharma, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Virat Kohli, 4. MS Dhoni, 5. Kedar Jadhav, 6. Hardik Pandya, 7. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 8. Yuzvendra Chahal, 9. Kuldeep Yadav, 10. Mohammed Shami and 11. Jasprit Bumrah

There are, however, a couple of spots to be nailed down and the likes of KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar and Ravindra Jadeja will be among those whose contention will be debated at the meeting.

Rahul might not have a lot of ODI experience under his belt but a solid technique, centuries in Tests in Australia and England and the backing of the team management work in his favour. Rahul and Pandya’s comments on the TV show ‘Koffee with Karan’ put a question mark over their World Cup participation but both served out five-match suspensions and are very much part of the team set-up now.

Delhi wicket-keeper batsman Pant might just be the X-factor that his skipper Kohli and team needs in a tournament of this magnitude. Pant has shown his skills at the Test level although his returns in ODIs and T20s have been inconsistent so far.

The selectors believe they might require a left-hander in the middle-order to tackle the slew of leg-spinners like Adam Zampa, Adil Rashid, Imran Tahir, Ish Sodhi, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman that India might face in the World Cup.

“We believe Pant has the ability to be a match-winner in ODIs as well. After Dhawan, there is no left-hander in the batting line-up and Pant can fulfill that role in the middle-order to tackle leg-spinners that we might face,” sources close to the team management informed CricketNext.

“Also, it is a long tournament, the team will need a backup wicketkeeper for Dhoni over the course of nine games. Rahul can step into that role but Pant is a specialist. It will be interesting which way the selectors swing,” the source added.

The No. 4 position was an area of huge debate in the lead up to the World Cup but Rayudu has been most consistent batsman in that spot, barring his recent form in the ODI series against Australia. In 15 games at that position since June 2017, Rayudu averages 42.18 with 464 runs and a strike-rate of 85.60. Dinesh Karthik was the other batsman tried for nine games in the position but his strike-rate was only 71, which has pushed him back in the pecking order in comparison to Pant.

With Rahul and Pant options for the Indian middle-order, Rayudu is likely to be the one to miss out. It will come down to Pant vs Karthik for the second wicketkeeper’s berth and selectors will have to figure out who they consider the better finisher of the two, with Dhoni clearly not the same force as before in that department.

Vijay and Jadeja slip into the 15 as the two all-rounders — one giving India the option of a seam bowler in English conditions and the latter is an asset due to his fielding and left-arm spin.

“Vijay has impressed the selectors with his performances since India’s ODI series in New Zealand. He can bat up the order as well and has good technique to handle the moving ball in England. He is more of a batsman all-rounder but if the selectors opt for a fourth seamer like Umesh Yadav or Khaleel Ahmed, he might be the one to miss out,” the source added.

The frontline pace attack of Bumrah, Shami and Bhuvneshwar are all certainties based on their performances in the last couple of years. It’s unlikely that the national selectors will look at a fourth seamer if Pandya and Shankar can fulfil that role. Jadeja gives the option of a defensive bowler in most conditions and a wicket-taking options if the conditions are dry and hot as predicted in England.

The team management is expected to send three other fast bowlers outside of the 15 to help out in training over the course of the World Cup. The likes of Yadav, Navdeep Saini and possibly Ahmed might be asked to fill that role.

Possible Final 15:

The Certainties: 1. Rohit Sharma, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Virat Kohli (Captain), 4. MS Dhoni (Wicketkeeper), 5. Kedar Jadhav, 6. Hardik Pandya, 7. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 8. Yuzvendra Chahal, 9. Kuldeep Yadav, 10. Mohammed Shami, 11. Jasprit Bumrah,

Up for debate: 12. KL Rahul vs Ambati Rayudu, 13. Rishabh Pant vs Dinesh Karthik, 14. Vijay Shankar and 15. Ravindra Jadeja vs Umesh Yadav/ Navdeep Saini


Team Rankings

RankTeamPointsRating
1 India 5007 116
2 New Zealand 3570 108
3 South Africa 4397 105
4 Australia 4566 104
5 England 5490 104
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