5 Indian cricketers from 2015 World Cup who are no more in contention

Some players who were a very important part of the squad last time, are no longer in the scheme of things for Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri.

Axar Patel
Axar Patel cleans up Tom Latham. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Going into the 2015 World Cup, hopes on the Indian contingent were not very high, especially after their recent diabolic performances. The top order was shaky and the middle order was out of form, with a thousand questions loitering around, MS Dhoni led that side into the semifinals without losing once on the way.

However, Australia in the semifinal proved to be an impossible nut to crack. Steve Smith’s hundred sabotaged India’s hopes of defending the title and the hosts eventually won the final. Things have changed quite drastically as far as the squad structure and dynamics are concerned.

Some players who were a very important part of the squad, are no longer in the scheme of things for Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri. Their careers have taken a different turn in recent years and although they’ll give it their best shot in the ongoing Ranji Trophy, there’s a very good chance they’ll not make it.

Here are five prominent names from the previous Indian World Cup squad who surely will be missing out this time.

1. Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin of India. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

One of the finest spinners this country has produced, Ravichandran Ashwin’s downfall in the limited overs has been one of the major disappointments in the last few years. The off-spinner was proving to be too expensive on tracks where there was no turn and this in turn led to him getting sacked.

With Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja performing well in the ODIs, one can consider Ashwin’s chances of making it to the World Cup to be over. The 32-year-old picked up 150 wickets in 111 ODIs at an economy under five. Despite all the good work he did in the previous World Cup, where he picked up 13 wickets in 8 games, he will have to watch the tournament unfold from his home.

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