World Cup 2019: 15-man squad from the axed players for the tournament
This squad can definitely go a long way.
Published - Apr 20, 2019 12:58 pm | Updated - Apr 20, 2019 12:58 pm
Since the inception of slam-bang cricket, the ODIs has been the middle child of the cricketing arena. In a family of three children, the elder one, Test cricket is always nurtured and provided royal birthright and the younger one, T20 cricket is an attention seeker and always cuddled with affection. Over the years the middle one, 50-over cricket has been the crowd pleaser, but now it is sandwiched between the other two stars.
It has been creative but the parents, fans have not been able to reconnect with it and the upcoming World Cup is one more chance for the ODIs to get its aura back.
England, the home of cricket is again hosting the mega event, and 10 teams will be battling it out for the coveted championship. The preparation for the white-ball saga began a long time ago, as teams have been playing bilateral series in order to sharpen their skills. Now, most of the teams have announced their squads and even standbys have been named in case of last-minute injury. The selection panel has sprung a few surprises, as some good players have failed to make the cut.
Here we pick the 15-man squad
1) Ambati Rayudu (India)
Ambati Rayadu has played 55 ODIs for India in which he has scored 1700 runs at an average of 47. He has the ability to maintain the tempo in middle overs, as he is an excellent player against spinners. The experienced campaigner can also play at the top of the order which he proved while playing for CSK last year. He can also be used as a floater but can be a match-winner if he plays at the top of the order.
The Hyderabad batsman, Rayudu is unfortunate to have missed the plane ticket to England. He is one of the most elegant players with his wrist work, and stroke making abilities. Rayadu has been regular in the Indian team set-up from the last couple of years. He has been tested at No.4 by the team and has generated reasonable numbers, but the latest entrant Vijay Shankar was preferred by the selectors ahead of him.