India’s World Cup Squad – The lacking pieces of the jigsaw – Cricbuzz

India’s World Cup Squad – The lacking pieces of the jigsaw – Cricbuzz


Will KL Rahul serve as a backup to both the opener and No.4 slots?

Will KL Rahul support as a backup to both the opener and No.4 slots? © Getty

On Monday (April 15), the India’s national selectors will name the 15-member squad to play the2019 World Cupin England. After months of deliberation, the identification of the No.4 might perhaps perhaps well level-headed once and for all be resolved. The selectors also produce other main questions to answer to viz. Who’s the support-up wicket-keeper? Attain they need a further all-rounder?

Here is a specialise in on the main talking aspects, the certainties and folks at chance of form the minimize.

The certainties

First up, let’s stare at a in all chance eleven in batting expose, and the slots that then delivery up.

Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli,X, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya,Y, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

Given his agree with upswing in fresh white-ball construct and his say competitor’s decline,Mohammed Shamimight perhaps perhaps well level-headed edgeBhuvneshwar Kumarfor the 2nd pacer’s slot. That in-turn might perhaps perhaps well without prolong replicate on the form-up of the replacement two vacant slots.

Attain India need Ravindra Jadeja?

In the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar,Ravindra Jadejamight perhaps perhaps well just appropriate power his inclusion into the squad and sooner than one among one among the wrist spinners in the XI to lend extra batting depth. Alternatively, it is a role also for one other all-rounder in Vijay Shankar. If Bhuvneshwar makes his technique to the main XI. then India can play both wrist spinners.

What about the No. 4?

Until a couple of months ago, Ambati Rayudu had been declared a ride wager at this role by Kohli himself. Now even supposing, with a microscopic dip in his shares and the balance sought in the closing eleven, Rayudu finds himself in a lawful role.Vijay Shankaris a contender for this role also, as is KL Rahul who has been in massive touch in the IPL and any individual who doubles-up as a support-up opener in the squad. India hold also toyed with the scheme of MS Dhoni there, whereas Ravi Shastri hadn’t ruled out a hobble down for Virat Kohli. But none of those moves hold given them seemingly choices for the World Cup, without demanding other dynamics.

And the support-up wicket-keeper?

Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik? The old has the tendency to head away viewers awestruck or dumbstruck. The latter brings abilities. Neither has confirmed the capacity to play a protracted innings when the difficulty demands. Pant has exuberance, but Dinesh Karthik has confirmed composure below tension. In the IPL, neither has done enough to form the decision more uncomplicated. No subject that, whoever gets picked might perhaps perhaps well hobble away the replacement particular person feeling reasonably laborious done.

Might perhaps KL Rahul be a support-up wicket-keeper?

It is an option, but one that does not appear to characteristic in India’s radar. Rahul has kept on a conventional foundation over two seasons for his IPL franchise, but the selectors need to not at chance of head down that route in an extended layout, and in particular in a tournament with such high stakes.

So the attach does that hobble away us?

It brings us down to perchance 15 males staking a say for 11 spots:

Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul/Vijay Shankar/ Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja/Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami/Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah

So who misses out to accommodate the support-up keeper? Rayudu, Rahul, Shankar or Jadeja?

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