India has named its squad for the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales. While the likes of Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik and KL Rahul have made the grade, there are some notable omissions who could have given the team a fillip.
#1. Rishabh Pant
The flamboyant cricketer is a confidence player. Show some faith in the lad, and he’ll deliver. Shunted in and out of the Indian team, he hasn’t quite got into his groove for the national side but if recent performances for Delhi Capitals are to go by, he can pack in quite the punch.
The all-action wicketkeeper has the ability to clear the fence with ease and can crank it up when required. Although a little sketchy behind the stumps, on his day Pant can be devastating. Just ask Jasprit Bumrah.
#2. Ajinkya Rahane
The Indian batting line up is immensely top heavy. This leaves the side with a porous middle-order. Although the dynamics of one day cricket has changed over the years, a player of Rahane’s quality is always valuable.
A calm head who can hold an innings together, Rahane will chip in with a much-needed graft to the otherwise silky batting order. Plus a sharp slip catcher.
#3. Ambati Rayudu
A relatively patient accumulator, Rayudu, like Rahane, would look to essay the role of the anchorman. A misfiring top order or a flurry of wickets in the middle overs would require a patient head to stem the tide.
Not one to scythe through the bowling attack, the CSK player can be depended on. Throw in his part-time off-breaks, and Rayudu wouldn’t be a bad option to have in the squad.
#4. Deepak Chahar
The Rajasthan lad burst onto the scene with a precocious spell against Hyderabad in a Ranji trophy encounter a few years back.
The seamer’s ability to make the ball hoop around would be quite the asset in English conditions. However, he would have had to play second fiddle to Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
#5. Ravichandran Ashwin
The offie might feel a little miffed at his exclusion but injuries and performances have not helped his cause. However, his experience is invaluable not to mention his obvious skill with the ball.
The Chennai lad can tie down an end and build pressure on the opposition team. Although Ashwin was mediocre in the recent tests against England, ODIs are a different ball game.