ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 India Squad, Team Players List: The 15-man India squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 was announced on Monday (April 15) with Virat Kohli to lead the side with Rohit Sharma as his deputy. Selectors have put their faith in Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik with Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant the notable absentees. Selector MSK Prasad said DK has found a place ahead of Pant due to better wicketkeeping skills.
KL Rahul has been included as a backup opener to Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. The selectors have not named a fourth seamer keeping in mind the two all rounders already solve that purpose.
Confirmed India squad: Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MSD (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohd Shami.
Happy with the squad?
So that's it from our side on India's World Cup squad selection. The selectors have picked their 15 players with some notable absentees. A lot of sympathy for Ambati Rayudu who was going strong in the past year but misses out due to recent form. No place for Pant either with his limited time against Australia not enough. We would be live soon with the IPL fixture today between MI and RCB. Until then, stay tuned to IndianExpress.com for everything on the World Cup squad.
Unfair to Pant?
Rishabh Pant earned a Grade A central contract in March and is India's Test keeper. And yet, no place in the World Cup squad owing to inferior keeping skills. Thoughts?
8 World Cup debutants for India
India 2015, 2019 World Cup squad members: Dhawan, Dhoni, Jadeja, Kohli, Bhuvi, Shami, Rohit
India 2019 World Cup squad newbies: KL Rahul, Jadhav, Karthik, Shankar, Pandya, Kuldeep, Chahal, Bumrah
Harsha Bhogle: "This means the #No4 debate is still open. Options now are Vijay Shankar or Virat Kohli with Rahul at no. 3. People who watch a lot of domestic cricket really rate Vijay Shankar. Happy for him but his temperament will be tested. I would be disappointed though if India consider Kohli at 4. He is the best in the world at what he does and you don't move match-winners to accomodate others who aren't as good."
"The bowling picked itself. There will be days when India will consider playing all 3 seamers but I suspect that most days it will be 2 pacers and 2 wrist spinners so 3 + Pandya seems right. Both Vijay Shankar and Jadhav have to make the side as batsmen with bowling just a bonus."
Mohammad Kaif reacts
Former India player and current DC fielding coach Mohammad Kaif: "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."
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
India squad analysed
India's squad has:
Best top 3: Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli
Best seamer/death bowler: Bumrah
Two great seamers: Bumrha, Bhuvi
Fantastic wristspinners: Kuldeep, Chahal
Experienced wk: Dhoni
India's squad misses:
Left hand batsman in middle order
Left arm seamer
Potent middle order
Reserve seamers not named
Four extra fast bowlers will travel with the team. They will be handy in the nets and stay as standby should there be an injury. The bowlers, however, haven't yet been named
KL Rahul's role
MSK Prasad: "To begin with, he (KL Rahul) will only be a reserve opener, but if the team management needs, he can bat in the middle order too."
No fourth seamer
MSK Prasad says he has two seam-bowling allrounders (Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar). Then there is spin back-up in Kedar Jadhav. That is why they stuck with just the three specialist quicks
Why no Rayudu?
MSK Prasad: "After the Champions Trophy we have tried quite a few middle-order batsmen, which also included Karthik, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey. We did give a few more chances to Rayudu but Vijay Shankar gives three dimesnions. He can bat, if the conditions are overcast he can bowl, plus he is a fielder. We are looking at Vijay Shankar as a No. 4. Now we have plenty of options for that slot."
Chief selector MSK Prasad says that Dinesh Karthik's wicketkeeping resulted in him being picked over Rishabh Pant.
"Definitely a case where we debated in length. We all were in unison that either Pant or DK will come in only when Mahi is injured. In an important game, wicketkeeping is also important. That’s the reason we went with Dinesh Karthik." he sad. Prasad also said Karthik is just a back-up for Dhoni, and won't start automatically in the playing eleven.
India World Cup squad: Kohli, Rohit, Dhawan, Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Dhoni, Jadhav, DK, Chahal, Kuldeep, Bhuvi, Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Jadeja, Shami
Sunil Gavaskar on No.4 spot
Sunny G on India's World Cup issues: "Look, who bats at no.4 will be a matter of debate. And this is where IPL form will be considered because that's current form. Ambati Rayudu was spoken about when the season started but has lost form sharply and someone like KL Rahul could be chosen for no.4," he tells India Today.
Update from Mumbai
Virat Kohli is readying to leave the BCCI headquarters and head back to join his RCB teammates. Announcement not too far away which will be made by MSK Prasad, the chief selector, and Amitabh Choudhury, the BCCI secretary
Indian players on World Cup squad
Rishabh Pant: "World Cup selection will be a dream come true. I want to win matches for India and be more consistent and finish more games for the country," Rishabh Pant told India Today
Shikhar Dhawan: "India are favourites for the World Cup. The team has perfect blend of experience and youth. I have always done well in ICC events and this year will be no different. I'll try to keep himself calm and will deliver for India. I'm feeling fresh and managing my workload as well," Dhawan said.
Gambhir's World Cup squad has surprise names
Gautam Gambhir's World Cup squad: Gambhir’s Indian squad for World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Sanju Samson, Kedar Jadhav, Navdeep Saini, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav.
Virat Kohli is in the building
Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli arrived at the selection meeting at around 2pm, entered through the backdoor, escaping the photographers. The squad announcement looks to be on time - in about 15 minutes from now
Explained: How the squad will be picked and will IPL have a bearing?
Indian Express journalist Shamik Chakrabarty explains how the squad will be picked in Mumbai today and the bearing the IPL may or may not have on it. [Read]
India will be silly not to pick Dinesh Karthik: Kallis
KKR coach Jacques Kallis believes Dinesh Karthik's experience and temperament will be important for India. "India will be silly not to pick Dinesh Kartik in the World Cup team. He has the experience and the temperament and will be critical to India's chances. He should be looked at as the number 4 option," Kallis said.
"2019 will be the most open World Cup of all and India certainly has the team to win it and are the favourites going into the tournament," Kallis added.
"DK is one of the best finishers I have ever seen. He has been unbelievable for KKR. India will be silly if they don't pick him up for the World Cup. To have a guy there who is going to be calm under pressure and he's great to have him in your dressing room as well," Kallis told India Today.
Harbhajan Singh on selection dilemmas
On backup keeper: "It's not that Dhoni does not have niggles. Playing cricket with him I know he has some back issues but with his experience, he knows how to play with all that," Harbhajan told India Today.
"I don't think you need any backup for Dhoni unless he suffers from any major injury during the World Cup. In case of any minor niggle, you do have KL Rahul in the squad who can keep," Harbhajan said.
"I know there is talk about Rishab Pant's X factor but it appears the team management is convinced with Vijay Shankar to start as no.4. You could have gone with Ambati Rayudu but he has perhaps lost form recently which peg him back. KL Rahul would be my back-up batsman in the squad."
On bowling options: "Jadeja is perhaps the best fielder in the side. He can also bat and I would want a back up spinner for Chahal and Kuldeep, if one of them were to suffer an unfortunate injury for a week or two. You need a fourth specialist seamer in England too and Navdeep Saini would be my pick."
"Not just because he has bowled well in IPL which in itself is creditable in Bangalore's batting friendly wickets but also because he has won Ranji matches in the past, so he comes with domestic experience."
Sanjay Manjrekar's India squad
Former India player and now a commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has ommitted Vijay Shankar from his squad.
My Indian WC XI.— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) 15 April 2019
Note: Changed my mind on Shankar.
Irfan Pathan's World Cup squad
Former India seamer Irfan Pathan has also picked his 15-man squad for the World Cup
1) Cap Virat 2) Rohit 3) Shikhar 4) vijay 5) Dhoni 6) Kedar 7) Hardik 8) Kuldeep 9) Chahal 10) Shami 11) Bumrah 12) Bhuvi 13) Rahul 14) Rayudu 15) Jadeja— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) 15 April 2019
My World Cup team...
Sehwag's World Cup squad
Virender Sehwag has picked his 15-man squad with seven players from the 2015 squad and eight new entrants.
Sehwag's 15-man squad for India: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Kedar Jadhav, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Vijay Shankar, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant
India will head to the United Kingdom with three reserve bowling options. The step is being taken to ensure quality net sessions and keeping backup in case of an injury. [More on that by Devendra Pandey]
It must be kept in mind that squad announced today may not be the final one. Between the one-month window of April 23-May 23 teams can make changes to the squad without being required to provide any reason to the ICC. After May 23, though the World Cup technical committee will process any requests. The April 23 deadline allows ICC to get the logistics going. It also allows the teams playing warm up matches till May 23 to solidify their squads. India won't be one of those teams with IPL final scheduled for May 12.
Questions and Candidates
What are the question marks for selectors as they pick the World Cup squad? And who are the candidates to find a solution for that question? Sriram Veera analyses in today's print edition of Indian Express.
India World Cup Squad
Hello and Good Afternoon! Welcome to our live coverage of India's squad announcement today for the World Cup that gets underway on May 30. India play South Africa in their first fixture of the tournament on June 6. But who will be there for selection? We will find out today.