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WATCH | Battle Between Jadeja and Shankar to Make it to the WC Squad: Kumble

Cricketnext Staff | February 8, 2019, 9:11 AM IST

GK: I know you have done everything there is to do in cricket but you haven't been chairman of selectors yet, perhaps one day will be that also but let's say if we were to ask you, World Cup starting in a week, if we were to ask you to pick a 15, what would you go with?

AK: Yeah it's a difficult choice especially for the last couple, it all depends on what the team management wants, you know not necessarily what the selectors pick because the first 13 I think is a given, I don't need to name the thirteen. But I think the challenge will be whether you go with Jadeja as your back up spinner or a Vijay shankar as your other seam bowling all-rounder who can bat.

GK: So, it's a either or between Jadeja & Vijay Shankar?

AK: I think so. I think one of them will certainly do that, so I am hoping both of them should get an opportunity against Australia. Then I think Shami picks himself, he has done really well, so that's the third seamer plus of course Hardik. Then will you go with a Khaleel, a left arm option, I think a good option in England because if the conditions are good then he could be your third seamer but now that Shami is really doing well, would you want to have Khaleel? Not sure. You'd want an opener because it's only Rohit & Shikhar, so if you don't take a KL Rahul or a Shubhman Gill, who's batted at 3 but he's also an opening option. You have Mayank Agarwal, so I think these three names you know will still be in the mix, Rishabh is in the mix. So just that two spots I think you would want to try all of these players in leading up to the World Cup. If I have to pick today, like you said, yeah you go with experience, you'd probably pick Jadeja as your 14 & then depending whether you want a seamer or opener you'd pick a Rahul. So that would be your 15 but otherwise I think generally in a World Cup, a winning World Cup, you don't use the 14 & 15.

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