India's WC squad: Vijay Shankar picked; Ambati Rayudu dropped

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and coach Mickey Arthur will hold a joint departure press conference on April 22.—File

ICC World Cup India team players 2019 announcement live updates: Indian selectors will meet on 15 April in Mumbai to pick the squad for the showpiece event. The Committee of Administrators along with office bearers had decided on the date during a meeting last week. The announcement was made today at the press conference led by the Selector of the Indian National Cricket team, MSK Prasad. India is heading to the World Cup as the 2nd ranked ODI team in the world behind hosts England.

He also commented on KL Rahul's inclusion. Virat Kohli will captain the team while Rohit Sharma will be his deputy.

As for the wicket-keeping unit, Dinesh Karthik will be in while Rishabh Pant has not been included. But the selectors went for the experience ahead of the exuberance of youth.

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MK Prasad said, "Under pressure, we have seen @DineshKarthik finish matches for @BCCI".

Prasad said that Vijay Shankar, an all-rounder, provides a "three-dimensional" option to Ambati Rayudu in the number 4 position.

Here India's World Cup squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal. Vijay Shankar is three dimensional. The debate for the number four was shut down finally with Ambati Rayudu being dropped for being inconsistent despite getting enough chances. Vijay Shankar also found himself in the squad and will most certainly occupy the hyped No. 4 slot. Hardik Pandya remains India's first choice all-rounder while wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal are expected to share the slow bowling duties. 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.

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