India selectors will be announcing their 15-member squad for the upcoming World Cup later on Monday afternoon. Although, it’s almost certain that there will be no major surprises, keeping in mind the consistency the core group has shown over the last year or so.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has already stated that Indian Premier League won’t be a criterion for making it to the India World Cup squad, but it will be interesting to see whether he or the selectors look at the last three weeks of IPL performances.
Ahead of the announcement of India’s World Cup squad – here is the Sportswallah’s predicted 15-man squad:
Kohli will lead the Indian team to World Cup 2019 in England. He started off poorly in the ongoing IPL but off late he has made amends and is back in form. He will be India’s key man during the World Cup and at No.3 position, he is a world beater.
India’s chances in the World Cup will surely be dependent on the start Rohit Sharma gives. He is one of the most gifted players of the Indian team, and England conditions will definitely favour his batting style in the tournament.
Shikhar Dhawan has been in very good form off late despite being inconsistent over the last six months or so but he remains the preferred opener along with Rohit. His average in England is 65.06 and once again India will be dependent on him for a solid start.
Despite being inconsistent, he is all set to make it the 15-member World Cup squad and is favourite for the No.4 slot in the playing XI. He is in great form in the ongoing IPL, so it’s a no-brainer of keeping him in playing XI.
He was favourite for No.4 slot but in the last few months or so he has struggled a lot and has been inconsistent. However, the selectors will stick with him and he will have to fight for his position in the playing XI with KL Rahul. Rayudu lost his place in the ODI XI during the Australia series in March but will solid 57 for CSK, he has shown that form is temporary but class is permanent.
Kedar Jadhav can be India’s game-changing player in the World Cup. Despite having a poor Indian Premier League – his slot looks to be secure. He has the ability to hang in there while batting when the team needs him and at the same time he can break partnerships with the ball. He is definitely a smart choice for the World Cup.
If India wants to go all the way – this man will arguably be India’s most important player. No one can read the game better than him and Kohli will be hugely dependent on him as well. He is still India’s best wicketkeeper and for sure he will want to call it a day with a bang.
He might have nicked his place in the 15-member squad ahead of Dinesh Karthik. Off late he has been in a better form than Karthik and keeping future in mind – this will be the perfect stage for him to learn a thing or two from Dhoni. He will be in the squad as a backup wicket-keeper, but he can be used as a batsman as well if the management wishes.
Hardik Pandya is a sure shot to be in the playing XI. He has been in a very good from off late and is a true match-winner with both bat and ball. Hardik has tremendous hitting abilities in the death overs and also has a knack of picking wickets at crucial stages in the match.
Vijay is not that experienced when it comes to the international stage but in his brief international career, he has shown that batting is his forte. Making it to playing XI seems a bit tough but he can be an excellent team player.
Jasprit is India’s premier fast bowler and at the same time, No 1 ranked bowler in ODIs. It’s his first World Cup and he will be raring to go and show his worth to the Indian team.
Mohammed Shami off late has finally started showing his true worth and has been lethal with the white ball as well. He has had a brilliant series against Australia and New Zealand. He has also been effective in Indian Premier League and selecting him in the playing XI is a no brainer.
Bhuvi can be very important in English conditions. He has the ability to swing the balls and can help India take early wickets with the new ball.
India’s ace spinner has been having a pretty ordinary IPL but he can be a game changer with his spinning ability in the World Cup. He will mostly be Kohli’s go-to bowler in the World Cup and captain will heavily rely on him for breakthroughs in the middle overs.
Yuzvendra Chahal has lost his place a few times in the Indian team when they have gone for an extra allrounder, but he is a very vital cog of the Indian team. Kohli can use both him and Kuldeep in tandem to pick wickets and put the break in the scoring rate of the opposition.