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.

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Indian team. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

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.

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