At the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, team India starts as strong favourites to lift the title. The Virat Kohli-led side is ranked number two in the World and is tipped to make it to the semifinals at least. Apart from hosts England, who are also rated as favourites, India have a balanced side. There are adequate match winners in each department be it batting or bowling. Schedule of Team India at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: List of Indian Team’s Matches, Time Table, Date, Venue and Squad Details.
There are concert regarding the number four batsman, but selectors picked Vijay Shankar ahead of Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu, thanks to Shankar’s bowling skills as well. Overall, the Indian team is a well-knit unit. Meanwhile, as India look to clinch their third World Cup title, we take a look at each player in the 15-man squad.
Virat Kohli: The stylish right-handed batsman is the best in contemporary times when it comes to batting. India’s batting no doubt revolves around Kohli and he happens to be the most vital cog in the Indian teams. Apart from being the batting mainstay, Kohli is team India’s captain as well. Virat Kohli Stats, Records: A Look at Profile of Indian Team Captain Ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Rohit Sharma: Team India’s opener is not far from being one of the best batsmen in ODIs. His ability to play big knocks is something that the opponents fear. Rohit has already smashed three double centuries in ODIs, apparently the most.
Shikhar Dhawan: Just like his opening partner Rohit Sharma, the left-handed Shikhar Dhawan is known for big innings and consistency in the ICC tournaments. With Rohit, Dhawan has formed many valuable opening partnerships and will continue to do so.
MS Dhoni: Safe to say that MS Dhoni is the unofficial captain of team India. Apart from his unmatched wicketkeeping skills, Dhoni is known for reading the game perfectly. He is Kohli’s go-to man, whenever India needs a strategy. In the IPL 2019, Dhoni was in good form with the bat and is set to play the role of a finisher once again. Ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Here’s a Look Back at How India Fared at the Last Edition of the CWC.
Vijay Shankar: India’s likely number four batsman to start with at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Shankar is a batting all-rounder and his medium pace bowling provides Kohli with an extra bowling option.
KL Rahul: The right-handed batsman can stack up as an opener and a middle-order batter as well. Rahul can also keep wickets as well. So the Karnataka batsman can be India’s third opener, back-up wicketkeeper, and an extra middle-order batsman.
Kedar Jadhav: A middle-order batsman and an effective part-time spinner, that’s Kedar Jadhav for you. His part-time bowling has often fetched wickets when frontline bowlers have struggled. His slinging action is something that hands him an advantage while bowling.
Hardik Pandya: He is the first choice all-rounder in the Indian team and has the ability to take the game away from opponents with both bat and ball. While batting, his ability to clear ropes at will is something that makes him dangerous batsman in the middle. Pandya can also stack up as the third seamer thus allowing the team to play an extra batsman. Indian Team For ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Players Who Will Be Playing Their First ODI CWC Trophy.
Ravindra Jadeja: Another all-rounder in the Indian team who can be equally effective with both bat and ball, though of late he has struggled in batting but it is his fielding that makes it up for him.
Dinesh Karthik: A back-up wicketkeeper option who can fit in India’s middle-order as well. Karthik is regular in India’s T20 set up and his ability to finish games in T20s is something India can utilise at the World Cup when an asking rate shoots up. Karthik, however, is unlikely to start in the playing XI straightaway.
Jasprit Bumrah: If Kohli is India batting mainstay, Jasprit Bumrah does that role in bowling. A genuine wicket-taker and someone who can control the flow of runs. Bumrah is effective with both new and old ball.
Mohammad Shami: The fast-bowler is an important member of India’s pace trio. Shami has worked on his fitness a lot and that reflects in his bowling as well. He is a serious threat to negotiate with the new ball.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: With Bumrah and Shami sharing the new ball, Bhuvneshwar ideally comes in as first change and keeps check on the batsmen in the middle overs. Bhuvi is known to swing the ball both ways.
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Kuldeep Yadav: India not just boasts of strong pace attack but in the spin department it has the likes of Kuldeep Yadav. The wrist spinner is known for his wicket-taking abilities and often outfoxes batsmen with his chinaman ball.
Yuzvendra Chahal: Another important name in India’s spin department, Chahal is known for his leg-spin that often fetches India important breakthroughs. With Kuldeep, Chahal holds key to success in middle overs for India.