Cricket experts are coming out with their probable 2019 World Cup squads for various teams ahead of the tournament. Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra also named his India squad for the major ICC event scheduled to be held in June.
Most of the players are very common from other's squad. But one name which went missing from Chopra's team was Ravindra Jadeja who has now been a part of Indian squad consistently.
There is also debate on whether Rishabh Pant should be included in the squad or not. On this matter, Chopra thinks the youngster deserves a place. More than Rishabh and Jadeja's place in the side, the most talked topic in Indian cricket is their number four batsman.
For Aakash, Ambati Rayudu looks good to get batting at that position. There were questions on whether Rayudu deserves to play at number 4 despite that slow batting approach. But Ambati's 90-run knock against New Zealand in last game seems to have impressed Chopra a lot.
“Rayudu was the last one to enter the race and it needed only a handful of good knocks to put him at the top of the queue. Late starters have a significant advantage while the team is closing in on a world event, for there’s hardly any time left for experimentation. There were some question marks about Rayudu’s efficiency in trying circumstances but the last game of this tour has sealed his place,” said Chopra.
Here is the Aakash Chopra's India squad for World Cup 2019:
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Khaleel Ahmed, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal.
(With Times Now Inputs)