ICC World Cup 2019: Mohammad Kaif picks his India squad for the tournament
He stated that while 20 players were in the reckoning, 13 picked themselves
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The preparations for India’s World Cup campaign have been in full swing. With the Men in Blue scheduled to play just five more One-Dayers against Australia before the World Cup starts, many players have already booked their slots. However, there are still some spots up for the grabs with a handful of players in contention.
Meanwhile, former cricketers have already begun the debate for the World Cup squad. The likes of Sourav Ganguly and Harbhajan Singh have already put up strong opinions with regards to the Indian squad. Even Zaheer Khan managed to spring in a couple of surprising inclusions in his squad.
The latest entrant to the list is Mohammad Kaif now. He stated that while 20 players were in the reckoning, 13 picked themselves, which left just two slots available. Kaif included the likes of Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik and Kedhar Jadhav, all of whom have been fighting hard for a place.
Here’s what he tweeted:-
“For the World Cup, barring an injury 13 players pick themselves- Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Rayudu, Dhoni, Karthik, Jadhav, Hardik, Bhuvi, Bumrah, Shami, Kuldeep, Chahal. And 2 of Rahul, Pant, Jadeja, Khaleel, Umesh, Shubman & I would say Vijay Shankar are in contention for the remaining slots.”
For the World Cup, barring an injury 13 players pick themselves- Rohit, Dhawan,Kohli, Rayudu, Dhoni, Karthik, Jadhav,Hardik, Bhuvi, Bumrah,Shami, Kuldeep,Chahal. And 2 of Rahul,Pant,Jadeja,Khaleel, Umesh,Shubman & I would say Vijay Shankar r in contention for the remaining slots
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) February 6, 2019
Debutant Shubman Gill failed to make an impact in the couple of chances against New Zealand. While Rishabh Pant was stupendous in the Test series Down Under, he is yet to make his mark in the limited overs formats. KL Rahul, on the other hand, looks unlikely to make it to the final squad with his poor patch continuing for India A.
The middle order has always been under the scanner. However, the recent performances of Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni‘s return to form have instilled some confidence. With Kedhar Jadhav likely to be backed for his versatility as a part-time spinner, the problem may well be sorted for India heading onto the World Cup.