ICC World Cup 2019: 3 Reasons That Make 2019 WC Squad of India Better than 2015
Ever since the teams started announcing their World Cup squad, there has been a hustle for the number four position in team India squad. The team is yet to decide who the appropriate and suitable player for their number fourth position is going to be. And finally, on 15th of April, the Indian selectors announced their preliminary 15-man squad for the ICC World Cup 2019.
While most of the players’ selection was as expected, the selectors went for Dinesh Karthik in place of Rishabh Pant. The head selector MSK Prasad reasoned Karthik’s experience in the ODIs as a back-up wicketkeeper was given preference over vivacious Rishabh Pant. Meanwhile, Ambati Rayadu was also overlooked for KL Rahul and Vijay Shankar. The bowling squad comprises of three seamers and three spinners.
In the last World Cup, India had lost to the Kangaroos in the semi-finals. Though this time they would like to change that and come up with collective performance.
Here are the three reasons that envision why the 2019 World Cup squad of India is better and stronger than 2015 one.
#1 A Genuine All-Rounder:
In 2015 World Cup the Indian selectors included Axar Patel, Stuart Binny and Ravindra Jadeja as the all-rounders for the team. All these players work as miscellanea for the all-rounder position. They contribute in the bits and bob manner, lacking the dynamic performance needed in the event.
This time though, India have Hardik Pandya as the all-rounder who had bewitched his fans during the on-going Indian Premier League. The charismatic, swagger of India encapsulated cricket fans from around the world with his amazing hitting.
While Hardik has boosted his batting form in the game, the swinging conditions of England will provide him with the opportunity to showcase his bowling calibre as well.
And if the team India might suffer, they also have Vijay Shankar. In his nine ODI matches, Shankar had made 165 runs and bowled with 5.61 as the economy rate.
#2 Wrist Spinners Web:
Wrist-spinners are the x-factor in the limited-overs cricket. They take the ball away from batsmen by moving it in different angles and using variations according to their will. And India had Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in their 2015 world cup squad, however, they weren’t as successful.
While this time India has two potent spinners in their squad, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who have bowled with success in the recent past. The wrist spin duo had picked up 33 wickets in the six ODIs they played against South Africa, marking India’s win by 5-1.
The duo entices the batsmen to misunderstand and make mistake. While both Ashwin and Jadeja would rely on batsmen to commit mistakes. They take the risk with few boundaries if that means the possible wicket.
Including spinners during the limited-overs game, is a risk that most teams refrain from taking but India has been able to use this to their utmost level. The team has become the strongest team with two wrist spinners who don’t cease to fail the skipper. Their inclusion has put team India at an advantageous position over other teams in the World Cup.
#3 Adequate Depth and Balance:
The 15-man squad of India is the strongest it has ever been. From good openers like Rohit Sharma to the all-rounder Pandya and from wise wicketkeeper MS Dhoni to fine bowlers like Chahal, the team is all balanced out.
The addition of seamer Mohammad Shami and Dinesh Karthik has added volumes to the depth of the team. Shami is one of the most prolific bowlers in the Indian bowling squad and has made a good comeback after his injury. At present, he plays for Kings XI Punjab in the ongoing IPL and in 10 matches has snapped 13 wickets for the team which tells a lot about his performance.
In their batting department where they have Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar who can contribute runs in the middle order. Their present backup line holds much power over their 2015 squad.
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