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PCB conducts players' fitness tests for World Cup 2019

15 April 2019

BCCI today announced the 15-man squad for World Cup 2019. Vijay Shankar made his way to the squad after some notable knocks in recent matches.

India have chosen wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik instead of Rishabh Pant in their squad for the World Cup.

While skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, M.S. Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah were automatic picks, there were three main areas of concern that the selectors needed to take a call on.

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However, Karthik, 33, was left out of the home series against Australia, India's final dress rehearsal for the World Cup, which could signal a slide down the pecking order.

"Definitely a case where we debated in length". In unison, we felt either DK or Pant will only come into the playing eleven if Mahi is injured.

Amidst the speculations for the No. 4 spot, Ambati Rayudu - who is not being in good form - is missing out of the team. But the selectors went for the experience ahead of the exuberance of youth. We did give a few more chances to Rayudu. KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya, who missed a lot of matches in early 2019 due to "Koffee with Karan" controversy, were selected in the squad.

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Speaking over Shankar's inclusion, Prasad said that the 26-year-old all-rounder from Tamil Nadu gives "three dimensions" to the team. We are looking at Vijay Shankar as a number four batsman.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be the back-up pacer and Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are expected to start in all the big games, fitness permitting. Karthik was also a part of India's Champions Trophy winning squad in England in 2013 apart from being a member of India's touring Test squads in England in 2007 and 2018.

England, ranked No.1 on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team rankings, have been widely touted as favourites for the mega-event.

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PCB conducts players' fitness tests for World Cup 2019