Twitter Reactions: India’s 15-man World Cup squad announced
India will play their first match at the World Cup on June 5 against South Africa.
Published - Apr 15, 2019 4:24 pm | Updated - Apr 15, 2019 5:35 pm
After all the deliberations and speculations, finally, India’s World Cup squad has been announced. For the first time, it was aired live on Star Sports as the chief selector MSK Prasad and the BCCI secretary Amitabh Chaudhry addressed the media on Monday. The debate for the number four was shut down finally with Ambati Rayudu being dropped for being inconsistent despite getting enough chances.
Vijay Shankar who only came in the frame, with Hardik Pandya involving himself in trouble with KWK show, during the Australia tour will most probably bat at that position. He was given the responsibility in a few of the matches and Vijay did extremely well. MSK Prasad also confirmed that Kedar Jadhav could also bat in the important middle-order position if the need arises with KL Rahul also in the wings.
As expected, the pace trio of Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah made it to the squad and there were no surprises in that aspect. However, Navdeep Saini and Khaleel Ahmed are the reserve bowlers it seems if the selector’s comments are to be believed.
Experience preferred by the selectors
Another hot topic was the back-up for MS Dhoni during the World Cup. Rishabh Pant, with his flamboyant batting, had won hearts in the longest format of the game and many including a few of the former cricketers wanted him to get picked. But the selectors went for the experience ahead of the exuberance of youth. Dinesh Karthik was picked in the team which seems to be a correct call at the moment.
It goes without saying that Virat Kohli will lead the side and Rohit Sharma will be his deputy. Shikhar Dhawan will open the innings with Rohit while Ravindra Jadeja can come into the equation during the latter stages of the tournament. Like Shankar, even he too came into the frame only last year thanks to Hardik Pandya’s injury during the Asia Cup.
Jadeja grabbed onto the opportunity and performed consistently since then in all the departments to make the cut finally. One would feel that Rayudu was hard done but he was too inconsistent it seems and it eventually was the reason for his axing.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to India’s World Cup squad:
No @RishabPant777 in the World Cup Squad … India must be bonkers !!!!!
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) April 15, 2019
It’s impossible to keep everyone happy with team selections but Karthik inclusion surprising. Selectors guilty of showing no consistency in his case. Discarded after Jan 2019 to select straight for the WC. Shankar is a lucky man to make it. #CricketLive #StarSports
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) April 15, 2019
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) April 15, 2019
Congratulations to all the selected Indian players,go win the cup for us. No pressure 😉 #Worldcup19
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 15, 2019
Very surprised to see that @RishabPant777 not included in the world cup squad! He can change a game within a matter of few overs, would have also liked to see the likes of either Gill or Iyer included in the squad just to add more depth to the Middle order
— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) April 15, 2019
Wasn’t Pant elevated to the top tier of the Central Contracts a few weeks back?? Not a certainty in two of the three formats. 😐🤨
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 15, 2019
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 15, 2019
6 mnths back, Mohammad Shami was nowhere near being considered for white ball cricket, but some outstanding performances has ensured he plays his 2nd World Cup. Him & Jadeja have fought their way back in .There will be few disappointed players but best wishes to Team India #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/tqjm2nAwAM
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 15, 2019
So, India has picked Shankar as #4 option. Without really knowing if it’ll work. DK will play only when Dhoni isn’t available. And no fourth seamer. Interesting choices. Hope it works. ☺️🤗Good luck 👍🙌 #CWC
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 15, 2019
— Varun ZAFAR Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) April 15, 2019
High voltage expectations from this group. Clearly they've chosen experience and patience in the form of @DineshKarthik. Middle order will be very interesting to see @klrahul11/@DineshKarthik could be at number 4. Rest seems sorted with @JadhavKedar and @msdhoni at number 5/6.
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) April 15, 2019
Still feel that India could have gone with a fourth seamer but having said that getting 14/15 right isn't too bad #CWC19
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) April 15, 2019
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