With the World cup just around the corner apart from the regulars like Shikhar Dhawan, Ajiyanka Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, M.S Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohmmad Shami are firm with their positions because of their consisent performances, that leaves us with another 6 slots to make a team of 16 players.
Here, we look at the contenders and selection of top 5 fringe players who are knocking the door of the selection committee.
Contenders: Robin Uthappa, KL Rahul, Manan Vohra
Out of these 3 players I would prefer Robin Uthappa with me to the World Cup. He has been in great form in the recent domestic season like IPL, CL T-20 and the Duleep Trophy. He plays an aggressive game. In the IPL 2014 he was the leading run scorer. He also has the exprience of playing in Australia. His recent knock of 120 in the semi final of the Duleep trophy for South Zone against East Zone was outstanding as it was the only century when the other struggled to score. In both the innings East zone was not able to reach the score of hundred in each innings. This player needs to be taken to the World Cup where opening could be an issue and he could pitch in when the problem arises.
2. Middle Order:
Contenders : Manish Pandey, Kedhar Jadhav, Karun Nair, Ambati Rayadu
The middle order batting is dominated by Kohli, Raina, Rohit Sharma and M.S Dhoni. I would prefer two more players in order of preference. The first will Manish Pandey for his hard hitting and consisent batting in recent days. He is also an great fielder in the outfield. Second one would be Ambati Rayadu as he has filled in the gap in the recent fixture and done reasonably well.
Contenders : Wriddhiman Saha, Sanju Samson, Naman Ojha
In this category I would choose batsmen cum wicketkeeper Sanju Samson over the other two. He was in the team touring England, though he did not get an oppournity to play any matches for India so far. He looks a fine prospect for team India now and also for future. He has been playing for India under 19 and also in the IPL for Rajasthan Royals for 2 seasons under the guidance of stalwarts like Rahul Dravid. He is a good fielder in the outfield.
Contenders : Karn Sharma, Akshar Patel, Stuart Binny
India’s main problem has been a good bowling all rounder. Akshar Patel who made his debut against the West Indies was impressive picking up 2 wickets and giving away 26 runs in 10 overs. He was impressive in the IPL 2014 and also in the CL T-20 for the Kings XI Punjab. He has the potential to bat well.
Contenders : Vinay Kumar, Pankaj Singh, Ishwar Pandey
In this department I would take Pankaj Singh with me to the World Cup. He bowls good line and length. If the pitches suits him he can be dangerous bowler. He therefore can extract bounce on those pitches.
The Ongoing Duleep trophy final, Sri Lanka ODI series, Dedhoar Trophy, and Vijay Hazare Trophy provide an oppournity to these players to showcase their potential and selectors to observe and take an well informed unbiased judicous decision.