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I think we are pretty much settled, says Rohit Sharma ahead of World Cup

India will begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5 in Southampton.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Even though the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League has taken center stage in India, a lot of talks still revolve around the World Cup, which will commence two weeks after the T20 league. While the national selectors may refuse to accept this, Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik’s performances in the tournament are under scrutiny and will decide who gets to travel to England as a second-choice wicketkeeper-batsman.

For limited over vice-captain, Rohit Sharma, it is head coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli who will take the final call of selecting the squad after some bit of analysis. Kohli had himself revealed recently that they have a fair idea of who all will be in the 15-member squad, but the no. 4 spot is still debatable.

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“I think we are pretty much settled. There are a few spots (undecided) which everyone knows about but again that depends on what the captain and the coach and the selectors think whether they want to go for the extra seamer or the extra spinner or extra middle order player or a reserve opener.”

“It also depends upon the conditions. The last time we were in England, the conditions were quite dry. I don’t know how things will be. So if it is like that then you take an extra spinner, as simple as that. If it’s not then probably take the extra seamer,” the Mumbai Indians skipper said in Mumbai during the launch of a cricket website.

One captain echoes the thoughts of another

Rohit also explained that the captain’s choice of players is important because it is him who has to work closely with the players on the field during the franchise matches.

“I captain my franchise so I know why the captain’s opinion matters in the extra player you want to pick. So I think Virat and Ravi Shastri have to decide the combination and where do they want that extra cushion. So their inputs (will matter) along with the selectors who will be keeping an eye on how those players are doing,” he said.

India will begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5 in Southampton.

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