Indian Team for the ICC Cricket World Cup has been announced by the BCCI.
Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu missed out on the plane to England for next month’s ICC Cricket World Cup. As KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik and Ravinder Jadeja were selected in the Indian World Cup.
Virat Kohli will lead the Indian team and Rohit Sharma will be the vice-captain. Chief Selector Prasad has also confirmed that few other bowlers will also travel with the squad, as net bowlers. These bowlers will be named later.
Virat Kohli (c)
Rohit Sharma (vc)
Chief selector MSK Prasad stated that Karthik was preferred over Pant due to his superior ‘keeping skills.
“Definitely a case where we debated (at) length. We all (agreed) that either Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik will come in only when [Dhoni] is injured. In an important game, wicket keeping is also important. That’s the reason we went with Dinesh Karthik,” said Prasad.
Speaking about Rayudu’s exclusion, Prasad said: “After the Champions Trophy (2017), we tried quite a few people in that position. We did give a few more chances to Rayudu. Vijay Shankar is three dimensional. We are looking at him at no. 4 to begin with. We also have Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav. It’s not that anything that went against [Rayudu], it’s that a few things went for [Shankar].”
“To begin with KL [Rahul] will be reserve opener, if need arises the team management will take a call,” he added.
All the players will be busy with their respective teams in the IPL. As team India will begin their quest for the World Cup.
They will play two warm-up games against Newzealand and Bangladesh before the World Cup.