Expected Indian Squad for World Cup 2019:

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As we know today it a big day in Indian cricket as the selection committee headed by M.S.K Prasad is about to announce the 15 member Squad for World cup 2019. Here is the Predicted Squad,

For the below 12 members select them self based on performance or form and team balance,

1.Virat Kohli (C)
2.Rohit Sharma (VC)
3.Shikar Dhawan
4.MS Dhoni
5.Kedar Jadhav
6.Hardik Pandya
7.Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
8.Mohammed Shami
9.Kuldeep Yadhav
10.Jasprit Bumrah
11.Yazvendra Chahal
12.KL Rahul

The first 11 is surely based on performance and form in recent past. But KL did not get enough chance to prove his place as 3rd opener but he is our best option as we have not tried anyone else in last few years so his selection as backup opener becomes a no brainier

Now comes the interesting part where there is scope to discuss about and some tough decisions are to be taken to fill the last 3 spots to make the 15.

Backup Keeper(Dinesh Karthik): As we all know the two names are DK and Pant. Both given the limited opportunity were not able to prove their mantel so an outright choice could not be made. But if a logical decision to be made then to me DK comes ahead of Pant here. The reason is DK has been assigned role of finisher also keeping in Kedar fitness we would need a finisher at no.6 for backup and DK has done it for us also he has the game to do it. On the other hand Pant is not sure what his role is yet. one thing is for sure he is certainly not a no.4 or no.5 in Odi format at least for now his game has not evolved yet. He was never tested as finisher either. Also experience of DK would help him so he gets the cut for me.

No.4 conundrum(Rayadu— Selectors choice Shankar— My choice): The vital spot in middle order which was not taken care by Indian team for years. So it would be either Rayadu or Shankar. On one hand Rayadu has been tested in the spot but have not yielded expected results against big teams. In other hand Shankar looked impressive while playing as no.5 or no.6 but never tested as no.4. But we fans and experts are the only people vouching for him to be slotted there, so not sure if team management is even having thoughts of this move. If we go by the traditional Indian selection mindset approach Rayadu will be in. But my choice will be Shankar he looks more versatile might even switch MS to 4 and Shankar to 5.

Extra bowler(Jadeja): This spot is for the extra bowler. It looks to me Jadeja will be the choice to fill this spot. Not sure if we have any good fourth seamer to choose, so jaddu the fielding all rounder will the cut. But if they want to go with a fourth quick then Khallel is the choice they might make as he has been the best among the worst.

So Predicted 15:

1.Virat Kohli (C)
2.Rohit Sharma (VC)
3.Shikar Dhawan
4.MS Dhoni
5.Kedar Jadhav
6.Hardik Pandya
7.Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
8.Mohammed Shami
9.Kuldeep Yadhav
10.Jasprit Bumrah
11.Yazvendra Chahal
12.KL Rahul
13.Dinesh Karthik
14.Rayadu
15.Jadeja

Stand by: Vijay Shankar

My 15 Squad:

1.Virat Kohli (C)
2.Rohit Sharma (VC)
3.Shikar Dhawan
4.MS Dhoni
5.Kedar Jadhav
6.Hardik Pandya
7.Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
8.Mohammed Shami
9.Kuldeep Yadhav
10.Jasprit Bumrah
11.Yazvendra Chahal
12.KL Rahul
13.Dinesh Karthik
14.Vijay Shankar
15.Jadeja

Stand by: Khallel Ahmed

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