Let's discuss: Indian Cricket team for the World Cup to be held in England
What are your views of the national cricket team selected for the World Cup 2019? Do you think this team is having players which will bring home the trophy?
The Indian Cricket Team for the World Cup 2019 has been announced. The team includes the following players:
Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (Wicket-keeper), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik (Wicket-keeper).
So, far as the team is concerned, the inclusion of Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, and Ravindra Jadeja as all-rounders is an excellent move. I still remember that in the 1983 World Cup (held in England), the inclusion of all-rounders like Madanlal, Rojer Bini, Kirti Azad, and Mohinder Amarnath gave India very rich dividends. This time also the World Cup is being held in England and inclusion of these all-rounders may prove beneficial for the team.
The batting and bowling departments are properly balanced. I support the exclusion of Ambati Rayudu. He comes to bat at No. 4 or No. 5. These two positions are very crucial for accelerating the run rate or for successful run-chase in ODIs. Rayudu, on the other hand, is a batsman of Test Cricket mold. He bats solidly but his strike rate never crosses 100. He is almost 33 and is not a great fielder. He doesn't bowl. So, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav or Hardik Pandya will be a much better choice as No. 4 or No. 5.
But, I don't support the inclusion of Dinesh Karthik as the second wicket-keeper or KL Rahul as the reserve opener. The first wicket-keeper of the team is MSD, the trusted wicket-keeper, and a batsman who has been serving the Indian team even at an age of 37+. Now, the selectors have kept their faith on another experienced man, Dinesh Karthik, who is not that young at 34. I personally have doubts about his fitness level and wicket-keeping skill at this age. Moreover, I can't recollect Karthik playing a long inning with a defensive posture and controlled aggression for a quite long time. Young Rishabh Pant with good wicket-keeping skills and explosive batting would be a better choice as the second wicket-keeper.
KL Rahul is an explosive batsman but he is not at all consistent. I don't think his performance during the last year is really great. I would prefer Murali Vijay as the reserve opener.
All said and done, the team has now been announced. Let us wish the Indian Cricket Team the very best.