3 Indian players who might face the axe after World Cup 2019
Main reasons would be age, their form and the value they add to the team could be the others.
Published - Jun 12, 2019 1:31 pm | Updated - Jun 12, 2019 1:31 pm
Team India has had a great start to their campaign in World Cup 2019. Most of the players are in great form and they surely look to be a side who will finish in the top-four. While the Indian squad seems to be well-rounded on paper, there could be a few axings right after the tournament is done. There could be various reasons for leaving some of these cricketers out.
While age might be a reason, their form and the value they add to the team could be the others. Also, some of the players who were brought in as the back-up for the first-choice players could also be left out for the upcoming tournaments/series. With some intense competition in domestic cricket, many players are eagerly waiting for their chances. All these players will have to fight hard to come back into the team at a later stage.
Here are the players who are likely to be left out
1. Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik has been roped into the squad as the back-up for MS Dhoni. Firstly, MSD is quite unpredictable and might not announce his retirement as yet. He’s had a great 2019 thus far and might want to push himself a little longer. If that is the case, Dinesh Karthik will be sidelined for the upcoming home season where there is no need of a back-up wicket-keeper. The other possibility is that MS Dhoni announces his retirement.
In that case, there would be an intense competition with Rishabh Pant who failed to make it into the World Cup squad due to the lack of experience. Pant has already proven himself in Test cricket and has been in the discussions for white-ball cricket as well. Given that he is still quite young, the management might look to give him a long run. While he’s been good in the death overs, Karthik has had troubles building up an innings when his team is under pressure. If he is to make it into the team, he needs to have a really good run in whatever opportunities that he gets.