Despite a few debatable decisions, the Indian selectors have picked an extremely strong side for the World Cup. The selectors have tried to cover all bases and given various options to the team management. And even though IPL performance was not the criteria to pick players, somewhere down the line current form was surely taken into account.
It is also interesting to see the divide of the World Cup-bound players in different franchises. Here is a list of Indian players in each IPL teams who will make the journey to England next week.
Rajasthan Royals is the only team that does not have a single player in India’s World Cup squad. While Ajinkya Rahane wasn’t considered by the selectors, Shreyas Gopal, who was a dark horse, failed to make the cut.
Delhi Capitals – Shikhar Dhawan
The experienced Shikhar Dhawan is the only Delhi Capitals’ to feature in India’s World Cup Squad. Another Capitals player, the dynamic Rishabh Pant, narrowly missed out on a World Cup spot. He has been named in the standbys.
Sunrisers Hyderabad – Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Vijay Shankar Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be a key member of India’s bowling attack. Even though he is not having the best of IPL, the Indian team will bank on him to come good in England. His Sunrisers Hyderabad teammate Vijay Shankar will have the responsibility of batting at the much-talked-about number four position.
Kolkata Knight Riders – Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav Kuldeep Yadav has been a great find for team India. The chinaman will be a player to watch out for at the mega-event. Kuldeep will be joined by his KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik, who made the squad over Rishabh Pant in the final 15.
Kings XI Punjab – KL Rahul, Mohd ShamiKL Rahul and Mohammed Shami are two players who have performed exceedingly well for Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2019. Rahul has been in phenomenal touch with the bat this season, having won a few matches for the franchise. Shami is perhaps at the peak of his career a the moment. Both these players are part of India’s World Cup team.
Royal Challengers Bangalore – Virat Kohli, Yuzvendra Chahal While Yuzvendra Chahal has had a good IPL with the ball so far, Virat Kohli is having an average season according to his own high standards. Both these players will look to put RCB’s poor fortunes behind them and start afresh in the all-important World Cup. The young speed sensation Navdeep Saini will travel with the team as a standby and net bowler.
Mumbai Indians – Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah Mumbai Indians arguably have three of the most important members of India’s World Cup group. Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, and Jasprit Bumrah are extremely crucial to India’s World Cup chances. Rohit is India’s second best batsman after Kohli and will look to give strong starts to the team. Bumrah is arguably the best bowler in the world at the moment and Hardik Pandya will be the X-factor for team India.
Chennai Superkings – MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja S Dhoni will be India’s most experienced player at the World Cup. Dhoni has been in fantastic form in IPL 2019 and his experience and unmatchable game awareness will be key to India’s success in the tournament. Kedar Jadhav will provide balance to India’s playing XI and Ravindra Jadeja; who will give an extra spin option to the team, will be the other Chennai Superkings’ players in the team.