India's WC squad: Vijay Shankar picked; Ambati Rayudu dropped

Silvia Morton
April 15, 2019

"The second wicketkeeper comes into play only if Mahi (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) is injured".

India have chosen wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik instead of Rishabh Pant in their squad for the World Cup. Virat Kohli is set to lead India for the first time at the mega event.

The much-debated number four slot, whether Pant or Karthik go as the second wicket-keeper behind Dhoni and finally, if the team will pick a fourth pacer or an additional third spinner considering that the wickets will be on the slower side at this time of the year in England.

Prasad said that Vijay Shankar, an all-rounder, provides a "three-dimensional" option to Ambati Rayudu in the number 4 position. Vijay Shankar also found himself in the squad and will most certainly occupy the hyped No. 4 slot.

"That is the only reason why we went ahead with DK otherwise Pant was nearly there", he added.

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'We did give a few more chances to Ambati Rayudu but Vijay Shankar gives three dimensions.

"After the Champions Trophy, we have tried quite a few middle-order batsmen, which also included Karthik, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey".

Ravindra Jadeja's all-round skills and his ability to be restrictive on dry wickets came into consideration during his selection in the 15.

"The point that was discussed is that Vijay Shankar will bat at no.4 like Kedar Jadhav and we also have a role for KL somewhere at the top of the order".

"We are more or less sorted", Kohli said. In the bowling department, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have been selected. They will bowl in the nets and also stay as a standby should there be an injury. However, Navdeep Saini and Khaleel Ahmed are the reserve bowlers it seems if the selector's comments are to be believed. The national team will leave for London on April 23 to play one-off T20I and five ODIs against England ahead of the World Cup.

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