Vijay Shankhar and Ravindra Jadeja included in India squad for World Cup but Ambati Rayudu misses out
- India’s squad was released by chief selector MSK Prasad on Monday morning
- Virat Kohli will captain strong side and they will be among the favourites
- Vijay Shankhar and Ravindra Jadeja both made the cut in 15-man group
Vijay Shankhar and Ravindra Jadeja were picked for India’s World Cup team on Monday while Ambati Rayudu was left out.
The squad was named by chief selector MSK Prasad after meeting with skipper Virat Kohli.
Rishabh Pant also missed out while the experienced Dinesh Karthik was chosen for the tournament in England.
Ravindra Jadeja made the cut for India’s World Cup squad to visit England this summer
INDIA SQUAD FOR WORLD CUP:
Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami
‘After the Champions Trophy (in 2017) … we did give a few more chances to Rayudu but what Vijay Shankar offers is three dimensions,’ Prasad said.
The chief selector said Shankar’s ‘fantastic fielding’ also went in his favor and if the conditions were overcast in England he might also bowl.
The squad also included KL Rahul, who could either open or fit in the middle order along with Kedhar Jadhav and Karthik. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are the three frontline fast bowlers with all-rounder Hardik Pandya.
The strong Indian batting lineup includes 2015 World Cup veterans in Kohli, vice-captain Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and MS Dhoni.
Virat Kohli will captain India and they will be among the favourites to win the tournament
Prasad said Karthik could come in India’s playing XI if Dhoni is injured, and Karthik’s experience of performing under pressure won him the spot ahead of Pant.
‘Pant is full of talent. There’s a lot of time for him,’ Prasad said. ‘Under pressure, we have seen Dinesh Karthik finishing matches (and) that scored for him.’
Prasad said an additional four fast bowlers will travel with the team to England in case there’s an injury. However, Prasad did not name which four pacers will accompany the team.
The ICC has set April 23 as deadline for the 10 countries participating in the tournament to finalise their squads. But Prasad said no changes will be made to the 15-member squad announced Monday unless there’s injury.
India will open their World Cup campaign when they takes on South Africa in Southampton on June 5.
Ambati Rayudu missed out on selection and there is a wealth of talent in the India squad