The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selection committee on Monday announced the 15-member squad for the 2019 World Cup in a press briefing in Mumbai. India’s squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 included:
Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul (No.4), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohd Shami.
Reacting to the 15-member Indian squad for the World Cup, cricket expert and commentator Harsha Bhogle took to social media and posted a series of tweets.
The Indian selectors chose Dinesh Karthik over Rishabh Pant as a back-up wicketkeeper in the 15-member squad which is set to be led by skipper Virat Kohli. Opining on the development, Harsha Bhogle wrote, "The chatter around the World Cup that Dinesh Karthik's place was safe but you never know until the team is announced." He then termed the rest of the team as "predictable".
As seasoned Hyderabad campaigner Ambati Rayudu lost his No.4 slot, Harsha Bhogle exclaimed that he must be "shattered". Saying that his heart goes out to him, the cricket commentator went to lay the truth, "form is such a cruel mistress".
Adding that the debate for the No. 4 spot is still open, he pronounced Vijay Shankar or Virat Kohli at the much-desired slot, putting KL Rahul at no 3.
"Disappointed", Harsha Bhogle said he would be India consider Virat Kohli at the No. 4 spot, stating that "you don't move match-winners to accommodate others who aren't as good."
Commenting on the bowlers, he said, "The bowling picked itself".
On Rishabh Pant being left out of the ICC squad, he said, "While Pant will be a bit confused given that he is the test keeper but has been left out on wicketkeeping skills, this caps an astonishing sequence of events for Dinesh Karthik."
Based on their consistent performances, most of the members of the squad were automatic selections. However, the Selection Committee, headed by MSK Prasad, took the tough call crucial call when it came to the No. 4 spot.
The 12th edition of the World Cup will be played in England & Wales, in the United Kingdom.