There is some time left for India to name its squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 to be held in England from ending May to July. However, former cricketer Mohammad Kaif has picked 13 players who he feels are certain to be included in India’s squad. And for two spots, Kaif feels KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, Shubman Gill, and Vijay Shankar are in contention. The squad picked by Kaif apparently has Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and MS Dhoni. Virat Kohli to Bat at Number Four During the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Coach Ravi Shastri Mulling Number Three Role for Ambati Rayudu.
In the bowling department, Kaif has picked India regulars Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Kuldeep Yadav. Kaif’s India squad also includes Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, and all-rounder Hardik Pandya.
The players picked by Kaif have been very much part of India’s World Cup preparations. With Ambati Rayudu sealing his spot recently with 90 in the fifth One-Day International against New Zealand. The right-handed batsman came to bat in a difficult position and shared a decent partnership with Shankar. Jadhav, on the other hand, has been useful with the bat in middle-order the order and with the ball as well. Dinesh Karthik Takes a Stunning Catch at Boundary to Dismiss Daryl Mitchell During Ind vs NZ, 1st T20I 2019 (Watch Video)
For the World Cup, barring an injury 13 players pick themselves- Rohit, Dhawan,Kohli, Rayudu, Dhoni, Karthik, Jadhav,Hardik, Bhuvi, Bumrah,Shami, Kuldeep,Chahal. And 2 of Rahul,Pant,Jadeja,Khaleel, Umesh,Shubman & I would say Vijay Shankar r in contention for the remaining slots
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) February 6, 2019
Before the World Cup, which kicks off on May 30, India have five ODIs against Australia at their disposal to settle for the final combination. Indian players after the ODI series against Australia in March will participate in the Indian Premier League 2019 (IPL 2019). At the World Cup, India will open their campaign against South Africa on June 05.