With just over a month’s time left for the teams to announce their World Cup squads, the anticipations are high. The fans have their fingers crossed and want their favourite players to feature in the squad. On the other hand, the former cricketers and analysts have been busy putting their predicted squads out for the mega event.
Former Indian stylish batsman VVS Laxman also announced India’s predicted squad for the tournament and it has got some surprise inclusions and exclusions.
For the opening slots, Laxman picked Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan along with KL Rahul. While Rohit and Dhawan are the trusted pair for the job, Rahul also caught with form lately. So, it will be quite a tough choice picking two players amongst this trio.
The squad will be incomplete without Virat Kohli in it and he could be batting at three. Then, he will have Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni following him up.
Laxman has picked Dinesh Karthik over Rishabh Pant in the middle order and as the backup wicketkeeping option. He also did not voice his support for Vijay Shankar in the team and opted for only two all-rounders — Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya.
When it comes to the bowling department, Laxman preferred to go with four fast bowlers and two spinners namely Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. Among the fast bowlers, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were obvious choices but Khaleel Ahmed became a surprise inclusion.
VVS Laxman’s Indian squad for the ICC World Cup 2019:
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed.