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5 Indian players who are picked in the World Cup squad for first time

These players have been in and around the team for a while thus making a strong case for their selection.

2. Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya. (Photo by MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)

After announcing himself to the cricketing world during the IPL, Hardik Pandya has gone on to become a pivotal member of the Indian side. His ability to strike the ball hard and hit big shots along with his street smart bowling and agility in the field makes him an unstoppable force in the limited-overs format.

He was instrumental in keeping India alive in the 2016 T20 World Cup where he defended 2 runs off 3 balls in a nail-biting contest against Bangladesh. The young lad made his international debut in 2016 and has shown glimpses of his talent from time to time.

In 45 ODI matches, he has scored 731 runs and has picked 44 wickets at an economy of 5.54 runs per over. The team will expect Hardik to come good with the bat and he will want to light up the big stage with his big towering sixes and make it a memorable tournament for himself as well as the team.

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