Finally, after a long wait Indian team squad for world cup 2019 was announced by Chairman of selection committee MSK Prasad. The doubt on back-up wicket-keeper is cleared today. Dinesh Karthik was included as back-up wicket-keeper instead of Rishabh Pant. MSK Prasad after announcing the squad said that the second wicket-keeper will only get a chance to play in case MS Dhoni sustains an injury. Keeping this in mind the selection committee decided to pick Karthik over Pant as the former’s experience can prove to be handy in crucial encounters.
The side will be led by Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will be the vice-captain. The Indian team for World Cup 2019 comprises five specialist batsmen, two wicket-keepers, three fast bowlers, three all-rounders and two specialist spinners. Ravindra Jadeja was included in squad but Vijay Shankar was preferred over Ambati Rayudu.
MSK Prasad also said that Khaleel Ahmed and Navdeep Saini are also reserved back-up pacers. They would be on stand-by, if required will fly down to England if the need arises. KL Rahul will be a back-up opener.
Overall, selectors have preferred experience players over youngsters. This means that Indian team is very serious about championship and will be going in world cup with their full power and capability to win the championship. With Ambati Rayudu not been named in the squad, all-rounder Vijay Shankar likely to play at No. 4 for India.
However, former cricketers were shocked at the team selection as no fixed candidate has been picked for the most debated number four spot. While few felt that it was a harsh decision to drop Rayudu. Many also believed that Pant should have been included in the 15-member squad.
This is how cricket fraternity reacted on social media on team india squad for world cup 2019:-
Ambati Rayudu must be shattered though. His place was deemed certain and he had even quit 4 day cricket to focus on this. But form is such a cruel mistress. The harder he tried the more he seemed to struggle. My heart goes out to him.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 15, 2019
No @RishabPant777 in the World Cup Squad … India must be bonkers !!!!!
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) April 15, 2019
It’s impossible to keep everyone happy with team selections but Karthik inclusion surprising. Selectors guilty of showing no consistency in his case. Discarded after Jan 2019 to select straight for the WC. Shankar is a lucky man to make it. #CricketLive #StarSports
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) April 15, 2019
Very surprised to see that @RishabPant777 not included in the world cup squad! He can change a game within a matter of few overs, would have also liked to see the likes of either Gill or Iyer included in the squad just to add more depth to the Middle order
— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) April 15, 2019
Congratulations to all the selected Indian players,go win the cup for us. No pressure 😉 #Worldcup19
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 15, 2019
6 mnths back, Mohammad Shami was nowhere near being considered for white ball cricket, but some outstanding performances has ensured he plays his 2nd World Cup. Him & Jadeja have fought their way back in .There will be few disappointed players but best wishes to Team India #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/tqjm2nAwAM
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 15, 2019
High voltage expectations from this group. Clearly they've chosen experience and patience in the form of @DineshKarthik. Middle order will be very interesting to see @klrahul11/@DineshKarthik could be at number 4. Rest seems sorted with @JadhavKedar and @msdhoni at number 5/6.
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) April 15, 2019