ICC World Cup 2019: Back up for each player in India’s 15-man squad
It's important to have back up players for a showpiece event like ICC World Cup 2019.
Published - Apr 22, 2019 6:05 pm | Updated - Apr 22, 2019 6:11 pm
The 50 over World Cup is the most fierce battle in the white ball format. Here the biggest titans of the game will flex their muscles in order to lay their hands on the coveted championship. England is the battleground for the 2019, “Battle of titans”. Here every team will try to conquer each other, and establish their dominion on the white ball cosmos, as the winning troupe will keep the trophy for the next 4 years.
India had started their preparations for the World Cup months ago, and have already found their winning combinations. The Men in Blue tried and tested various players in their build-up to the mega event. During this period some new players cashed in their opportunities, but some stars also lost their track. Like every time India are again one of the favourites to lift the title.
The selectors finalized the squad for England a week ago, and it contained a good mix of players who have proved their worth in tough situations previously. Along with the 15-member team, the panel have also named the standbys in case of an injury to the main player. The World Cup is a long tournament, and sometimes a team can lose vital cogs at the wrong time. In order to maintain the tempo in such events even after losing players, the selectors need to always think of proper back-ups.
Here are the 15 players who can serve as back-ups for the Indian WC squad
1. Rohit Sharma – Prithvi Shaw
The current Indian ODI vice-captain is one of the best white-ball players in the world. Rohit Sharma has opened the innings 121 times for the Men in Blue, where he has scored a record-breaking 6043 runs with an average of 56 and at a strike rate of 96. He has hit 22 centuries in this format, which includes 3 double centuries with a career best of 264 against Lanka. In the past, the Mumbaikar has been injured just before key events, and then Prithvi Shaw came to take up substantiate the vice-captain as the opener.
The youngster from Mumbai is an attacking opening batsman, and it was on show when he played the U19 WC at New Zealand, where he scored 260 runs in 5 innings at a strike rate of 96. Shaw is a quality player against fast-bowlers and spinners. In IPL 2018 when he was picked up by the Delhi franchise, the right-hander hammered 245 runs in 9 innings while opening, with a strike rate of 153. Shaw has also the experience of opening the duties with Shikhar Dhawan, who is the other opener for India in WC.