India go for 'big match' experience in World Cup picks

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the 15-man India squad for the ICC World Cup 2019, to be played in England and Wales from May 30 till July 14.

"On a morning when say, MSD (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) has a flu and can't play, you want somebody who is a better wicketkeeper". Vijay Shankar is the new addition to the squad as an all-rounder along with Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and Kedar Jadhav. However, the selection panel sprung a mighty surprise by recalling Karthik and dropping Rishabh Pant.

Indian batting great Sunil Gavaskar said Pant could have been an exciting option but backed the selectors. "I think Karthik's wicket-keeping skills, more than anything, have won him this place", Gavaskar said. With Ambati Rayudu not picked, Shankar is set to bat at number four in the World Cup.

"He is a cricketer who has improved over the last one year". He can bat, if the conditions are overcast he can bowl, plus he is a fielder.

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"He has grown in confidence". So as it stands, Team India will head to the World Cup with five batsmen, two keepers, and three all-rounders. On the other hand, Pant hasn't made any significant contribution in ODI cricket so far. Without really knowing if it'll work. He added that DK was just a back-up for Dhoni and won't be part of the playing eleven unless necessary. However, considering the abilities of those who did make the squad, the absence of a left-arm seam option is unlikely to affect India's plans in England. Interesting choices. Hope it works.

Pakistan were recently clean-swept 5-0 by Australia in the United Arab Emirates, and questions were raised over the team s preparedness for the upcoming World Cup.

"Clearly they've chosen experience and patience in the form of @DineshKarthik".

As reported by PTI earlier, Prasad confirmed that Shankar is being seen as a potential number four candidate along with Rahul and Kedar Jadhav. Easier said than done but Pant has to put this massive disappointment behind and continue doing what he does best - plundering tons of runs starting with the IPL. The medium-pacer, who has also impressed at the death in the last couple of years, will be making his second appearance at the mega event after featuring in the 2015 ICC World Cup. "Him & Jadeja have fought their way back in.", he tweeted.

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