Indian squad for World Cup 2019: The plane is nearly set. The clouds over the iconic stadium in London are anticipated to clear. The tri-color will once again flutter from the top of the deck at Lord’s. Then our national anthem – goosebumps.
And this, will all begin, in just a month’s time ‘India’s genuine chances of winning the 50-over World Cup’. Almost every cricket thinker has predicted an India–England final at Lord’s, given how both the sides have shown promise and consistency over the past few years.
But moving back a bit, Team India is still trying to find their best fifteen players for cricket’s most prestigious tournament, and with just 1 bilateral series outliving before the World Cup, India will for sure try to say the unanswered.
Though the selectors might have shown a little in on a few players, it’s no secret that some slots are yet up for grabs. With this in our mind, here is the likely 15-member India squad for the upcoming World Cup.
Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli
Our Indian team’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma and he has been around for a while now. Rohit Sharma and M.S.Dhoni are the only 2 players who were highlighted in the 2007 T20 World Cup and they are also a part of the World Cup 2019 this year. Rohit’s authority at the crease and in the field makes him so active to this Indian squad, it wouldn’t be beyond to say that he will be India’s first choice as an opener.
Shikhar Dhawan who is also known as the man for ICC tournaments and he has demonstrated it with his forms. Playing his very first ICC tournament back in 2013, Shikhar went all pieces blazing to help India register a Champions Trophy title. Dhawan continued his desire run in the 2015 World Cup, gathering 412 runs at the astonishing average of 51.50. Seeing this consistency which he maintained, he is expected to be India’s second opener.
Virat Kohli, who is the present Indian team captain, shot to fame after directing his squad to a great victory in the U-19 World Cup. Virat Kohli then made his ODI appearance for India on August 18, 2008, and there was no seeming back for the batsman. He was born in Delhi, the 30-year-old Virat Kohli is set to reach India in the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales and would be seeing to get his second World Cup victory.
Virat Kohli is viewed as the best batsman of the current period and one of the best of all age as he chases Sachin Tendulkar’s batting records. Kohli has scored 10533 runs in 222 ODIs for his team India at a strike rate of 92.59 and an outstanding average of 59.51.
All Rounders – Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and Vijay Shankar
The person with the golden arm, Kedar Jadhav is nothing yet an asset to this India lineup. Introducing to the international line some years back, Jadhav’s true strength was revealed against England in 2017 when his batting beside Virat Kohli helped India traverse the winning line. Besides his participation with the bat, Kedar Jadhav has time and again supported his skipper with crucial wickets, giving him even more prominent for the World Cup.
The All-Rounder – Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya, currently India’s prize mastery, has shown to be a discovery for the Indian team over the past year. His skill to hit sixes for fun, united with his all-around abilities, has got him one among the best.
Hardik Pandya can strike (Bat) at any position, can bowl consistently for long spun spells, and has superb fielding skills. It wouldn’t be an overestimation to say that with Pandya, Then India’s search for a solid all-rounder has finally come to an end.
Wicketkeeper – Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni
It’s usually said that Wicketkeeping is a thankless job, in numerous ways than one. And in further ways than one we have been thankless to the famous Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Before the commencement of the Australian tour, many lifted an eyebrow at Dhoni’s inclusion in the side – and quietly, true to style, he showed again what he is capable of.
Dinesh Karthik may fit to be the second Wicketkeeper choice for the team. With the Indian team playing 9 league games, the administration may opt to give rest to Dhoni for a game or two. In which case Karthik will undoubtedly be India’s choice to keep the wicket.
Fast-Bowlers – Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Jasprit Bumrah
Our India has time and again happened told that a good bowling attack is further lethal than a power-packed batting line up. In the World Cup, the attack is likely to be led by right-arm swift Jasprit Bumrah, whose technique to extract wickets even on mild tracks makes him a go-to man for some side.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was recognized just a new-ball bowler, has set his critics wrong by selecting more wickets at the end of the innings and containing the run flow. The Indian team will be expecting to see his good stint last till the World Cup clashes.
Mohammed Shami had a fair outing with the ball upon New Zealand and Australia, making his case hard – and stronger than Ahmed’s such that to feature in the fifteen members squad. The series against the Australian team will once again be a moment for Shami to establish his tickets to England.
The Spinners – Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav
The Indian teams two spin sensations have grown by leaps and bounds. So much so, that it’s getting hard to summon when Ravichandran Ashwin when played earlier in the colored jersey. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have not only been effective to show their growth at the international level but have got such a mark that the opposition spends the most time and effort in crafting tactics against these 2 wrist spinners. It’s nearly certain that both will play their appearance World Cup in May.