The Board of Control for Cricket in India has announced the much-awaited squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019. India will begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa at Southampton on June 5. In fact, India is regarded as one of the favourites for the World Cup 2019.
Consequently, India will like to bring their best to the table in the forthcoming quadrennial event. They have played consistent cricket in the last four years and would like to come up with their best performance in the upcoming tourney.
Here is India’s World Cup Squad:
Rohit Sharma has been in stellar form in the last three years. The Indian ODI deputy has batted with aplomb at the top of the order. The flamboyant right-hander has provided solid starts at the top of the order. Rohit has the skills to hit the ground running in the World Cup event.
Shikhar Dhawan’s records in major ICC World Cup events needs no introduction. The southpaw batsman will like to continue with his love affair for the big tournaments. Dhawan has given great starts to the India National Cricket Team and he would aim to bring his A-game to the table. Furthermore, he has stellar performance while playing in English conditions.
Indian captain Virat Kohli is going to be the most important player for the Indian team in the World Cup event. Kohli is the most consistent and best batsman in the world. In fact, Kohli is also at the numero uno position in the ICC ODI Rankings. Thus, it is crucial that the talisman batsman is at the top of his game in the forthcoming World Cup. Kohli’s records speak for himself and he would like to deliver the goods in the World Cup.
The talisman all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is selected in India’s World Cup squad.
MS Dhoni is going to hold the key for the Indian team in the mega event. Dhoni has all the experience under his belt and he is going to be an important cog in India’s wheel. Furthermore, Dhoni is back in form which is a big positive for the side. The talisman batsman scored 193 runs on the tour Down Under and he was also awarded the man of the series in the three-match series.
Kedar Jadhav can deliver the goods with both bat and ball. Jadhav has the skills to stem the flow of runs as he bowls with a tight economy rate of 4.97. Furthermore, Jadhav is a perfect partnership breaker. Jadhav can bowl from a low angle which makes it difficult for the batsmen to pick him. The off-spinner has scalped 25 wickets in 54 ODI matches.
Dinesh Karthik deserved to get his chance in the World Cup event. Karthik has done a great job in providing the finishing touches to the Indian innings. However, he was not picked for the ODI series against Australia.
India will aim to clinch their third World Cup title.
Hardik Pandya will be India’s first choice all-rounder in the forthcoming World Cup. Pandya hasn’t played a lot of ODI cricket in the recent past due to his injury and suspension. However, Pandya made a solid return in the ODI series against New Zealand.
The English conditions will suit Bhuvneshwar Kumar as he can get the bowl to move both ways. The swing is the most potent weapon in Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s armoury and he would like to make the most of the England conditions.
Kumar has scalped 118 wickets in 105 ODI matches at an average of 35.91.
Kuldeep Yadav can be the X-factor in the World Cup. The mystery chinaman has a plethora of variations under his kitty which helps him in bamboozling the opposition batsmen. Yadav bowls slow through the air which assists him in extracting more spin from the surface.
Yuzvendra Chahal has hunted in tandem with Kuldeep Yadav. Chahal has bowled with great control in the recent past. The leg-spinner isn’t afraid to get hit for the runs as he always looks for the wickets.
Furthermore, Chahal can provide the crucial breakthroughs in the middle overs which is going to be crucial. Chahal will like to be at the top of his game in the forthcoming ICC World Cup.
Chahal has taken 72 wickets in 41 One Day Internationals at an average of 23.83.
Jasprit Bumrah has the pace to send down shivers through the spine of the opposition batsmen. Bumrah is generally right on the money with his line and length and there are no freebies when he is bowling. The talisman bowler will like to deliver the goods in his maiden World Cup.
Mohammed Shami sealed his World Cup spot after impressive performances in the ODI series against Australia and New Zealand. Shami got two men of the match awards in the five-match ODI series against New Zealand. Consequently, he was awarded the Man of the series award. Hence, Shami has filled in the shoes of the third seamer for the Indian team.
Vijay Shankar impressed with his performances on the tour of New Zealand. Shankar has a compact batting technique and he can deliver the goods in the English conditions.
KL Rahul has returned back to form in the ongoing Indian Premier League. The flamboyant batsman had scored a fine hundred against Mumbai Indians, which was his maiden IPL hundred. Rahul will like to make most of his good form as he could be India’s back-up opener.