World Cup 2019 – Key Players for India in Playing XI


India’s squad for the World Cup 2019 was announced  on 15th April. Between Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant, the selectors chose the former as a second wicket-keeper in the squad in case Dhoni gets injured. Pant has been in great form recently, also scoring a fifty in 18 balls in the on-going IPL.

While Karthik’s experience with wicket-keeping was favoured over the youngster, Karthik too, has delivered good performances in the IPL. Dinesh Karthik’s form will be a great advantage for team India going into the World Cup. A brief analysis of all the teams participating in the World Cup is discussed in ICC World Cup predictions by BettingTop10.

 Who will make to the playing XI?

With Rohit Sharma, and Shikhar Dhawan in good form, they’re likely to deliver some great performances in England. However, they will be under a lot of pressure to score big in almost every match. As Shikhar Dhawan had said in a press conference sometime ago, that the onus of scoring runs in always on the openers.

In a scenario where these two fire consistently in the initial matches, how likely is KL Rahul to get into the playing XI? Rahul’s recent international performances haven’t been great, especially abroad. Though his batting has been great in the IPL so far, and he’s shown maturity in his innings. In case Dhawan or Rohit struggle to find their form in the tournament, KL Rahul can be a good replacement.

Who will be the number 4 for India is a question that’s puzzled all the fans lately. Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar are the possible candidates for this spot. Shankar and Jadhav have quite different batting styles. Depending on the match situation, both of them could fit in the number 4 spot. Dinesh Karthik’s batting in the ODI format is rich. He adapts to the situation with all kinds of scoring shots. He can build partnerships in the middle and also pace the innings.

In the bowling department, a lot is expected of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. The two have previously performed well overseas, picking up wickets and winning matches for India. Jasprit Bumrah has been consistent with his bowling and Mohammad Shami has made a great comeback with his form. He is now more consistent and successful in the death. These two bowlers along with spin duo could be lethal for the opposition. Coming to the all-rounder Hardik Pandya, he has played some exceptional innings in IPL so far. His power hitting in the death will be in demand in England. With the bounce and pace on the English pitches, Hardik Pandya’s batting style will come handy.

Skipper Virat Kohli has great responsibility at his hand, to make the most of the talent pool scouted by the selectors. He is in good form and will be crucial to chase high totals in the World Cup. When it comes to chase, Virat Kohli is best in business, and other teams knowing this, must watch his dismissals in the IPL closely.