India pick Karthik over Pant in CWC squad

Annette Crawford
April 15, 2019

After all the deliberations and speculations, finally, India's World Cup squad has been announced. The Committee of Administrators along with office bearers had decided on the date during a meeting last week.

However, BCCI chief selector Prasad has made it clear that wicketkeeper-batsman Karthik will not automatically start in the playing XI in the upcoming World Cup and will only get a chance when Dhoni gets injured. India is heading to the World Cup as the 2nd ranked ODI team in the world behind hosts England.

But there was no debate on KL Rahul's inclusion and he is set to be the third opener or a potential middle-order floater alongside Shankar.

The selectors have also opted to go with all-rounders Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya alongside Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami in a pace-heavy bowling attack. With IPL 2019 already creating a buzz, the biggest announcement about ICC World Cup 2019 Team India squad is out.

Experts maintain that the selectors will have to brainstorm a lot over the selection of the second wicketkeeper as both Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik are worthy candidates for this slot.

"That is the only reason why we went ahead with DK otherwise Pant was nearly there", he added. "That's the reason we went with Dinesh Karthik", after a brief selection meeting which also included Indian captain Virat Kohli at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on Monday afternoon.

"What Vijay Shankar offers is three dimensional", Prasad said.

As reported by PTI earlier, Prasad confirmed that Shankar is being seen as a potential number four candidate along with Rahul and Kedar Jadhav. The squad also consists of two wrist spinners - Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. Dinesh Karthik was picked in the team which seems to be a correct call at the moment. The national team will leave for London on April 23 to play one-off T20I and five ODIs against England ahead of the World Cup.

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