ICC WORLD CUP 2019: Karthik named in 15-member squad, Pant ignored

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The MSK Prasad-led selection committee has announced the following 15-member squad to lead India at the ICC World Cup 2019.

The  Squad: HERE’S THE INDIA SQUAD: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami.

The World Cup is scheduled to start on May 30, while India will open their campaign on June 5 against South Africa.

Rishabh Pant has failed to find favour with the selectors.

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Even as cricket pundits debated Pant’s exclusion, selection committee chairman Prasad has termed it as the most-balanced squad. “In the team, we have the luxury of 7 bowlers. We have covered all the bases and this is one of the most balanced Indian sides for the World Cup. Khaleel and Saini were discussed and they will be around. If the need arises, one of them will go to England,” MSK Prasad said.

“We had been planning soon after the completion of the Champions Trophy but in the last month or two, a couple of players like Vijay Shankar cropped up.”

“In the last one year or so, these two wrist spinners have done well. Wickets might be a bit more dry. Jadeja might come in handy,” MSK Prasad said.

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