Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar reiterated that the planning has a massive role to play while considering the Men in Blue line-up, for the 2019 World Cup. He added the ‘flexibility’ is significant when it comes to picking a team while looking at opponents strength and weakness respectively.
Also, Gavaskar remarked that it plays a significant role for any of the skippers and the management to have a pool of options available to pick among them.
“And giving the captain and the team management the options and the flexibility to pick a side according to the opposition is key,” Gavaskar told India Today.
Hardik Pandya as a fourth seam bowling option?
While setting his focus on players, Gavaskar believes the right balance has an essential role in defining the quadrennial event.
“I think you have to look at the balance of the team all the time that will be one of the prime considerations for the selection committee,” Gavaskar said.
However, he believes the selectors would give a keen look in a bid to pick the fourth bowler. Adding bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya is an option, Gavaskar remarked this would be clear in April with the ways things are going on at the moment.
“Whether they need a fourth seamer? Or they’re going to say ‘look Hardik Pandya can do the job of the fourth seamer’. All those factors will probably be considered. It’s too early to say. But, I think over the next month or so, these things will come through,” Gavaskar said.
The veteran cricketer Gavaskar stressed that teams would rely on their respective domain. He has urged the senior selection committee to consider such things before announcing the 15-man coveted squad for the ODI showpiece, starting on May 30 in England and Wales.
“With some sides, you might need to play an extra seamer, with some sides an extra spinner. These are the things that they should keep in mind before announcing the final 15,” Gavaskar said.
Gavaskar aims to see players in the IPL as well:
When the media person asked Gavaskar to pick India’s probable squad for the forthcoming World Cup, he ducked the question. He said in the ongoing five-match ODI series against England; the things will unfold on its own.
With at least 12-13 players already fixed for the forthcoming 2019 World Cup, there will be a couple of spots on offer, and it’s not going to be easy for the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) selectors presided by MSK Prasad.
“Tough [to name the 15] at the moment. I would really like to see what happens in these five ODIs and the T20 matches in the IPL. And see how players react to pressure situations and then make the call. It’s always the next two, three places where there is going to be a little bit of competition,” Gavaskar inferred.
The Men in Blue will play their 2019 World Cup opener against South Africa in Southampton on June 5.