India's WC cricket squad: Karthik pips Pant, Shankar in at No. 4

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Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, 37, is first-choice wicketkeeper. With IPL 2019 already creating a buzz, the biggest announcement about ICC World Cup 2019 Team India squad is out.

All five selectors will be present during the meeting, which will also be attended by coach Ravi Shastri, captain Virat Kohli and interim secretary of BCCI Amitabh Chaudhary. The 12th edition of the World Cup, to be hosted by England and Wales, begins on the 30th of next month.

As for the wicket-keeping unit, Dinesh Karthik will be in while Rishabh Pant has not been included.

The #4 slot in the squad is now open and the team can either opt to field an extra all-rounder like Vijay Shankar or play KL Rahul. But the selectors went for the experience ahead of the exuberance of youth.

"We have been planning soon after the completion of the Champions Trophy (2017) for this". MSK Prasad also confirmed that Kedar Jadhav could also bat in the important middle-order position if the need arises with KL Rahul also in the wings.

'We did give a few more chances to Ambati Rayudu but Vijay Shankar gives three dimensions.

Rahul' selection could also mean bad news for Karthik and Pant. "It all depends on the team management", Prasad indicated.

"Over the four years we've been together, we have had so many guys who have contributed to the position we find ourselves", Morgan reflected.

Ravindra Jadeja's all-round skills and his ability to be restrictive on dry wickets came into consideration during his selection in the 15.

With Hardik Pandya and Shankar to perform the duties of a combined fourth pacer, there was no place for an additional specialist speedster in the line-up. In the bowling department, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have been selected. However, Navdeep Saini and Khaleel Ahmed are the reserve bowlers it seems if the selector's comments are to be believed.

England, ranked No.1 on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team rankings, have been widely touted as favourites for the mega-event.



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