India pick Karthik over Pant in CWC squad

Aubrey Yates
April 15, 2019

MK Prasad said, "Under pressure, we have seen @DineshKarthik finish matches for @BCCI".

It is expected that the 15-man squad will have at least seven players who were part of the team in 2015 World Cup too, including skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Mahender Singh Dhoni, Bhuneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami. Vijay Shankar also found himself in the squad and will most certainly occupy the hyped No. 4 slot.

The selectors have also opted to go with all-rounders Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya alongside Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami in a pace-heavy bowling attack.

'It was definitely a case where we debated in length. The 12th edition of the World Cup, to be hosted by England and Wales, begins on the 30th of next month.

"We were all in unison that either Pant or DK will come in only when Mahi is injured".

"That is the only reason why we went ahead with DK otherwise Pant was nearly there", he added.

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"What Vijay Shankar offers is three dimensional", Prasad said.

"We have been planning soon after the completion of the Champions Trophy (2017) for this". We are looking at Vijay Shankar as a number four batsman.

K.L. Rahul, who has been included as the reserve opener, can bat in the middle order too, if the team management needs, stated the BCCI chief selector.

Kedhar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jaspreet Bumrah are also set to find their place in the squad for the marquee event. Dinesh Karthik was picked in the team which seems to be a correct call at the moment.

"In the last one and half years, it is these two wristies (wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav), who have won us the games but there might be situations where, you require an additional all-rounder in the playing 11, (this is) where Jadeja comes in", Prasad explained. The national team will leave for London on April 23 to play one-off T20I and five ODIs against England ahead of the World Cup. The main competition in the 15-man squad will be for three spots - the No.4 slot, the second wicketkeeper and the fourth pacer.

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