7 first-timers, 2 World Cup-winners in India’s World Cup 2019 squad

first_img Rajarshi Gupta New DelhiApril 15, 2019UPDATED: April 16, 2019 00:16 IST There are 7 first-time World Cup players among the 15-man World Cup 2019 squad for India announced today (PTI photo)HIGHLIGHTSThere is a great blend of youth and experience in the Indian team for the 2019 World Cup7 players in the Indian team have never before played a World CupVirat Kohli and MS Dhoni had played in the 2011 World Cup which India wonMS Dhoni and Virat Kohli are the only 2 surviving members of India’s 2011 World Cup-winning squad in the team for the 2019 World Cup which was named on Monday in Mumbai. MSK Prasad’s selection committee named a 15-man squad which will travel to England under Virat Kohli.There were no surprises in the squad. Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami picked themselves.The debate would have centred around the other four.KL Rahul was picked as back-up opener while Vijray Shankar found a place as a batsman who could bowl. He is likely to start in the playing XI while Kedar Jadhav has had a major impact as a middle-order batsman and a partnership breaker with his part-time off-spin.The main talking point leading up to the selection meeting was Rishabh Pant vs Dinesh Karthik? Should the selectors have gone for a wicketkeeper batsman who is being seen as a possible successor to MS Dhoni? At the end, what really tilted the scales in favour of Dinesh Karthik?MSK Prasad said Pant was unlucly to miss out and Karthik’s ability to deal with pressure situations won him a berth. Rishabh Pant is only 21 and he will get many more opportunities to show he deserves a World Cup berth in four years’ time.But this is a good mix of players in the Indian team.MS Dhoni had led India to World Cup glory in 2011 and Virat Kohli had impressed as an up and coming player with crucial knocks in the opening game against Bangladesh and in the final against Sri Lanka. Dhoni led India to the semifinals of the 2015 World Cup and even though he stepped down as captain 2 years ago, his experience and wisdom will be key for Virat Kohli.advertisementThen there are others in the side who played the 2015 World Cup. Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja were all part of the World Cup squad four years ago in Australia and New Zealand.Dinesh Karthik had played the 2007 World Cup in West Indies when India crashed out of the group stages.That leaves as many as 7 first-timers in the Indian team for the 2019 World Cup. Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadav are among the 7 players who will be playing the World Cup for the first time (Photo: @vijayshankar260)KL RahulHe returned to the Indian team after a stunning IPL season for Kings XI Punjab in 2018 but lost his way soon. Rahul hit 2 hundreds in England in the first T20I and the last Test but lost his way thereafter. After being dropped from the Test team following a string of poor scores in Australia, KL Rahul was primed to play the 3-match ODIs when the Koffee with Karan storm threatened to rock his career.However, KL Rahul returned to the Indian team for the home series against Australia and did well in both the T20Is. He has since been in good form for KXIP in the 2019 IPL and was an automatic selection as back-up opener behind Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.Vijay ShankarHe had a horror intiation into the Indian team. In the Nidahas Trophy final against Bangladesh, Vijay Shankar failed to put bat to ball in a tense chase before Dinesh Karthik bailed the team out with a stunning assault. A year later, Vijay Shankar flew out to Australia as replacement for Hardik Pandya who was banned in the aftermath of the Koffee with Karan controversy.Always a special feel to wear this jersey ! #BleedBlue #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/V6JCaHx8rYVijay Shankar (@vijayshankar260) March 6, 2019Vijay Shankar was solid without being outstanding and grabbed his chances as a batsman who could bowl. MSK Prasad said his 3-dimension skills – batting, bowling and fielding – helped him pip Ambati Rayudu in the final squad for the World Cup.Watch: Vijay Shankar reacts after World Cup 2019 selectionKedar JadhavNo surprises here. Kedar Jadhav has been a solid middle-order batsman and his part-time off spin has broken several threatening partnerships. He may not get to bowl as much in England but if the pitches are dry, Jadhav can be called upon to deliver with his slingy actionHappy birthday to India all-rounder @JadhavKedar!Will he be a key part of their side at #CWC19? pic.twitter.com/QsdVSuJsg3ICC (@ICC) March 26, 2019Hardik PandyaHe had every reason to be worried about his immediate future after his sexist comments on Koffee with Karan. But once the suspension was lifted, he went to New Zealand and made a strong impact. The only thing the selectors wanted to see about Pandya was his fitness: in the course of the 2019 IPL for Mumbai Indians, it was clear Hardik Pandya is fit, strong and raring to go.advertisementGearing up for the @IPL season with @mipaltan. pic.twitter.com/nfdH2s3h6Vhardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) March 13, 2019Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep YadavNo surprises there either. After the Champions Trophy in England 2 years ago, India’s focus shifted to wrist spin. R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were phased out and both Chahal and Kuldeep showed they could be trusted do to the job. The two leg-spinners had a great time in South Africa where India won the ODI series 5-1.@RCBTweets pic.twitter.com/qvyri8FGJJYuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) March 19, 2019Jasprit BumrahIndia’s greatest strength in the bowling department. Jasprit Bumrah’s selection in the World Cup squad was a no-brainer. He was spotted by John Wright when he was out on a talent scouting mission for Mumbai Indians a few years ago. Today, Bumrah is the No.1 ODI bowler in the world and is reliable with both new and old ball.Back in MI colours pic.twitter.com/RD1bChXPOlJasprit bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) March 21, 2019Also Read | India World Cup squad announcement: No.4 slot set to dominate selection meetingAlso Read | India team for World Cup is well-balanced, we have covered all bases: MSK PrasadAlso Read | ICC World Cup 2019 Indian Squad Announcement Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch team announcementAlso Watch | KKR head coach Jacques Kallis explains why he is in awe of Andre RusselFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow World Cup squadFollow Indian cricket teamFollow MS DhoniFollow Virat KohliFollow Hardik PadyaFollow KL Rahul 7 first-timers, 2 World Cup-winners in India’s World Cup 2019 squadWorld Cup 2019: India have selected as many as 7 players for the 2019 World Cup, who have never played a World Cup before. Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni had won the 2011 World Cup.advertisementlast_img

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