India has included Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik and KL Rahul for the upcoming World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant were eliminated from the team but included Vijay Shankar, Karthik, Jadeja.
Veteran Dinesh Karthik piled up the young Rishabh Pant in the battle for the second wicket-keeper slot in India’s 15-strong team on Monday for the ICC World Cup, which starts on May 30 in England.
It was not surprising because the selection committee head MSK Prasad despite being the second wicketkeeper along with the only topic of discussion maintained continuity in their choices. 33-year-old Karthik, despite a neutral IPL campaign with Kolkata Knight Riders, got a nod ahead of 21-year-old Pant.
If Mahi (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) is injured then the second wicketkeeper comes to play. We proceeded with Kartik due to our experience in big matches, “When Prasad was announcing the squad then he said. Under the leadership of Virat Kohli, the team comprises five specialist batsmen, two wicketkeepers, three fast bowlers, three all-rounders, and two specialist spinners. Tamilnadu’s all-rounder Vijay Shankar made it for his “three-dimensional” qualities.
Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dinesh karthik, Ravindra Jadeja. (AGENCIES)