PCB conducts players' fitness tests for World Cup 2019

PCB conducts players' fitness tests for World Cup 2019

"So that's the only reason why we went ahead with Dinesh Karthik, otherwise, Rishabh Pant was nearly there", MSK Prasad added.

The current Indian team management and selectors have often spoken about continuity and that is exactly what they have done with regards to the team for the World Cup.

Rishabh Pant's short but eventful career has been littered with near-misses and the biggest of them of all has to be a knock-out punch delivered by the selection committee that preferred Dinesh Karthik over him in the England bound World Cup squad.

The pace trio of Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have also been included in the squad.

Karthik has eclipsed Pant to the second wicket-keeper's spot.

Naturally, Prasad had to field the maximum questions on Pant's omission and the explanation was Tamil Nadu stumper's experience.

"Definitely it's a case where we debated at length".

The selectors however made it clear that former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, 37, would remain first-choice wicketkeeper. Vijay Shankar is inducted into the team to come in at Number 4.

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Australia won the Cricket World Cup 2015 against New Zealand by 7 wickets. "So, at that juncture, if it is a crucial match, like a semi-final or an important game, wicketkeeping also matters", Prasad said. India have tried 11 different number fours since 2017. "That's the reason we went with Dinesh Karthik", he said. But as Prasad indicated, Khaleel is sure to be in and around.

Ravindra Jadeja's all-round skills and his ability to be restrictive on dry wickets came into consideration during his selection in the 15.

Apart from KulCha as Kuldeep and Chahal are popularly known as, India have spinning options in Ravindra Jadeja and Kedar Jadhav who can easily slip in 10 overs without giving much leeway to the batting side.

"Over the four years we've been together, we have had so many guys who have contributed to the position we find ourselves", Morgan reflected.

Hardik Pandya, despite missing out on global action, is an automatic selection.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be the back-up pacer and Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are expected to start in all the big games, fitness permitting.

"It (Dhoni at No. 4) was discussed", Prasad said.

Perhaps that's why the selectors made a decision to take four back-up seamers who will travel with India's squad.

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