Former Team India skipper Sourav Ganguly reiterated the country’s bowlers will play a vital role in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019. He added the team management should not tinker with the opening combination at the ODI showpiece.

The 46-year-old legendary cricketer Ganguly sees the perfect combination of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan as an opener. He believes they are ideal to give India a solid start.

“The opening combination should not be tweaked. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are the ideal pair to give India a fast start. But KL Rahul is also there,” Ganguly told PTI.

Besides, Ganguly added flamboyant batsman KL Rahul will go as a third opener in the line-up. While backing Rahul as an option to open the innings too, Ganguly goes for the obvious choice to rely on the left and right-hand combination.

Rohit-Dhawan to open at the World Cup:

Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Team India, ICC World Cup 2019, Sourav Ganguly
Dhawan-Rohit shares a good bound. Photo Credit: Getty Images

In past, Ganguly also remarked the experience has often made a major difference.

“Shikhar and Rohit should open. Other than the two, Rahul is another batsman who can open.” Ganguly added.

Apart from boasting about the batting potential, the veteran cricketer believes Jasprit Bumrah alongside Mohammed Shami will hold the key for the Men in Blue in English conditions.

While lauding the fast bowling department, Ganguly conceded that the pacers will help the team to leave an impact in the United Kingdom.

According to Ganguly, Bumrah and Shami need to shoulder an additional responsibility. All in all, Ganguly is expecting plenty from the duo.

Moreover, they have been doing exceedingly well particularly in the white-ball cricket recently.

“The Indian pace attack is fantastic. Whether its Bumrah or Shami, the Indian pacers are performing consistently. The pacers will play an important factor for the team in England,” said Ganguly.

No place for Jadeja in the World Cup team:

Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Team India, ICC World Cup 2019
Jadeja in our out what you reckon?. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

In his straight response, Ganguly believes all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja should not make it to the 15-member World Cup squad. However, he feels improving Vijay Shankar should be considered in the coveted line-up.

“Ravindra Jadeja should not be in the World Cup team. Vijay Shankar bowled beautifully in the Nagpur match (second ODI against Australia in March). I think Vijay deserves his World Cup spot,” Ganguly said.

On the other side, Ganguly, who picked season campaigner Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the third pace option, further reposed faith in the Vidarbha express; Umesh Yadav.

Interestingly, Ganguly wants skipper Virat Kohli to bat at his preferred No. 3 spot ahead of Ambati Rayudu and veteran MS Dhoni. He believes Kedar Jadhav will lend stability at the No. 6 position.

“Virat is being Virat. He is on top of his game. Virat should bat in his usual number 3 slot. Rayudu at 4, Dhoni at 5 and Kedar at number 6,” Ganguly further said.

With tournament commence from May 30 in London, Ganguly admitted that India has its chances.

Also, he added the inclusion of Steven Smith and David Warner will bolster the Australian team and they will be keen to retain the title.

“India are one of the favourites for sure. I think it will be a superb World Cup. Australia may be going through a rough patch. But there is no doubt that the return of Smith and Warner will change the entire complexion of the team and with Maxwell already there, they will be a totally different outfit,” Ganguly concluded.

Here’s Sourav Ganguly’s Team India’s ICC World Cup 2019 squad:

Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kedar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav.

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