Team India Squad for World Cup 2019: ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

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With the World Cup 2019 right around the corner, it’s finally time for the teams to decide who they will send to the grandest stage of them all. This isn’t such an easy task because selecting a team requires the management to find the right balance between number of batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders. With 24th April being the last date to submit the list of players, each team is now slowly announcing the squad. The most recent side to announce their squad is India. With some huge names in the list, India are certainly ready to defeat any and all teams that stand in their way.

Announced Squad:

With the Indian side currently busy playing IPL, there’s no denying that their players are in a constant phase of training. India have just announced their 15-member squad whose names are given below:

  1. Virat Kohli (c)
  2. Rohit Sharma
  3. Shikhar Dhawan
  4. KL Rahul
  5. Kedar Jadhav
  6. MS Dhoni (wk)
  7. Dinesh Karthik (wk)
  8. Vijay Shankar
  9. Hardik Pandya
  10. Ravindra Jadeja
  11. Kuldeep Yadav
  12. Yuzvendra Chahal
  13. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  14. Mohammed Shami
  15. Jasprit Bumrah

India look a formidable side heading into this tournament. Overall, the squad is similar to what was predicted by analysts. The exclusion of Rishabh Pant is rather odd because he had been in India’s squad since the CT 2017. Not performing enough with the bat might be the reason for dropping him from the squad but he will definitely be in the reserve players list.

India have taken a risk by adding an inexperienced Vijay Shankar to the side because he has no mega event exposure. India might’ve picked him to strengthen the middle-order with Hardik Pandya so both these batsmen can keep the scoreboard ticking even if the top-order fails to perform in any contest.

India all matches against teams in ICC World Cup 2019

  1. South Africa vs India, Match 8, Wednesday 5 June
  2. India vs Australia, Match 14, Sunday 9 June
  3. India vs New Zealand, Match 18, Thursday 13 June
  4. India vs Pakistan, Match 22, Sunday 16 June
  5. India vs Afghanistan, Match 28, Saturday 222 June
  6. Windies vs India, Match 34, Thursday 27 June
  7. England vs India, Match 38, Sunday 30 June
  8. Bangladesh vs India, Match 40, Tuesday 2 July
  9. Sri Lanka vs India, Match 44, Saturday 6 July

Analysis:

India are one of the favorites to win this year. Their core strength lies in their strong batting line-up. India might have a mediocre bowling attack but it is well supported by their field presence which provides them decent chances of picking up wickets. Their power lies in chasing down a total so expect India to bowl first if they win the toss. They’ll be relying heavily on the top 3 batsmen namely Kohli, Dhawan and Sharma to score most of their runs but if they go down fast, they have enough batting power to keep going. They have some decent bowlers like Bumrah and Kumar to stop run rate in death overs. If India can restrict any team on a total lower than 250, then their batsmen are more than capable of chasing the target with ease.

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