My Thoughts On India’s 2019 World Cup Squad

My Thoughts On India’s 2019 World Cup Squad

BCCI released the 15-man squad who will be playing in Indian colours at England in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The squad is :-

  • Virat Kohli (c)
  • Rohit Sharma (vc)
  • Shikhar Dhawan
  • Kedar Jadhav
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni
  • Hardik Pandya
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  • Kuldeep Yadav
  • Yuzvendra Chahal
  • Jasprit Bumrah
  • Mohammed Shami
  • Vijay Shankar
  • KL Rahul
  • Ravindra Jadeja
  • Dinesh Karthik

This squad actually looks pretty strong, After India’s 3-2 defeat to Australia in their own home, I was beginning to feel that this India team might not do that well at the World Cup, but now, after actually looking at the squad, I am feeling pretty confident about our chances. More than the playing XI, the bench is a big asset for Team India. All 4 players on the bench will make for perfect backups for the players on the ground.

There are some controversial decisions. Two players who were in contention but didn’t make the cut were Ambati Rayudu (for the no.4 designated batsman position which was taken by KL Rahul) and Rishabh Pant (for the no.4 backup wicket keeper position which was taken by Dinesh Karthik). As for the backup wicket keeper debate, I think that Dinesh Karthik is the correct choice. Reason being that he has much more experience in the game. He has shown tremendous ability to act calmly under pressure, and what would be more pressureful (I know it’s not a word ok!) than the biggest tournament in all of the cricketing world.

As for the other decision of choosing KL Rahul over Rayudu, I think BCCI has taken the correct decision. Had you asked me around a month ago, who should play, then I would have probably said Rayudu, but now, KL Rahul has jumped back to form in the IPL. And he is not playing T20 innings, he is playing like one would in an ODI match batting at No.4 coming in when there are only 20 overs left. Rayudu, on the other hand has slumped to poor form and is not in good nick.

Now for the No.4 debate, there are two real candidates. Vijay Shankar and KL Rahul. If I had to pick the better batsman, I would pick KL Rahul any day. But Vijay Shankar can give you a couple of overs in bowling too. Now who to play completely depends on how India wants to approach the game. If India want a really strong batting, then go with KL. But if they want a bowling attack who can get support from their partimers if they are having a bad day, they can choose Shankar. I personally would want Shankar to play.

Overall, it is a great squad. However, even though I obviously want them to, I think that India might not be able to cross that final hurdle. But reaching at least the semis should be a given with a team of this caliber. Thank you for reading!