Selectors name 15-man squad for World Cup

Paola Ditto
Aprile 15, 2019

In the middle of the extravaganza that is the Indian Premier League, the Indian cricket team selectors have the hard task of picking the 15-man squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup starting May 30th. The 12th edition of the World Cup, to be hosted by England and Wales, begins on the 30th of next month.

So while there is not a great deal of suspense hanging over Monday's scheduled news conference in Mumbai, speculation remains over who will fill at least two positions in the squad.

At the end of the ODI series against Australia, India captain Virat Kohli said that "just one spot" is up for grabs in the World Cup squad.

Pant is also angling for a back-up role, behind the stumps, with Mahendra Singh Dhoni installed as India's first choice wicket-keeper.

A hard-hitter who can also be played as a specialist batsman, the 21-year-old faces competition from Karthik, whose ability to bat anywhere in the batting order makes him a limited-overs asset.

Having made a conscientious effort to pick the best for ODIs, starting with the tour of South Africa in early 2018, it should not be tall ask for the selectors to name the 15 for the World Cup.

"In the next game, I scored 154 not out in just 96 balls to take my team to another victory which shows that I am able to adjust my game as per the match situation. If it clicks, it will benefit India immensely". Hardik Pandya remains India's first choice all-rounder while wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal are expected to share the slow bowling duties.

Indian selectors will announce the team for the World Cup on Monday.

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