India has got a very settled squad for the 2019 World Cup, says Kumar Sangakkara

Hardik Pandya will be crucial as an all-rounder for India in their World Cup campaign, says Sangakkara.

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Legendary Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara believes that India has a very strong and settled squad for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England.

The way India played in the recently concluded Asia Cup 2018 in the UAE was outstanding, their batsman and bowlers, as well as, their fielding have also been impressive, therefore, Sangakkara feels that Indian think tank doesn't need to make too many changes in the squad going into the World Cup.

As many cricket greats have already expressed their concern over India’s No.4 slot, Sangakkara also believes that India is still struggling to find a great option for the crucial slot.

Ever since India's semifinals exit in the last World Cup, there have been the most talked-about concern for the Indian cricket team remains the incalculable No.4 spot especially in the one day international, as the slot has been Achilles heel of the Men in Blue in the batting line-up.

Sangakkara told ESPNCricinfo, “India has got a very settled squad. I don’t think they need to make too many changes going into the 2019 World Cup. They have got the senior core group well in hand. MS Dhoni has been outstanding for them. Virat Kohli is brilliant. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan have also delivered. So India just need to find that one person for the number 4 position.”

He also believes that Hardik Pandya will be crucial World Cup campaign as an all-rounder for India, as well as, suggested that they should not have made too many changes, as it only not affects players but also their confidence, saying “just pick the best ones and settle down on a side”.

Sangakkara signed off by saying, “Hardik Pandya is going to be very crucial for them in the all-rounder role. They have got a brilliant bowling attack as well. So I think India will be high on confidence going into the World Cup. I think it is just about settling down and not making too many changes because sometimes it affects the players. Unknowingly it affects the players’ confidence. So just pick the best ones and settle down on a side.”

By Rashmi Nanda - 30 Sep, 2018

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