has been included in India’s World Cup squad regardless of not having performed any aggressive cricket since Might this yr. Rahul, the first-choice wicketkeeper, is at present getting ready to fly out to Sri Lanka for the Tremendous 4 stage of the Asia Cup after passing a health evaluation on the Nationwide Cricket Academy in Bengaluru on September 4.
Center-order batter Tilak Varma
and quick bowler Prasidh Krishna
are the 2 gamers from the present squad of 17 in Sri Lanka to have missed out, together with Sanju Samson
, who’s a reserve participant on the Asia Cup.
has retained his place as one among two wicketkeeper-batters within the squad together with Rahul. Kishan underscored his utility by top-scoring with 82, his fourth successive ODI half-century, in India’s rained-out Asia Cup opener in opposition to Pakistan in Pallekele on September 2.
Regardless of Kishan’s type elevating the potential of him doubling up as a reserve middle-order batter, the selectors committee additionally picked Suryakumar Yadav
within the squad regardless of middling ODI numbers – a median of 24.22 with two half-centuries in 24 innings.
Rahul, who final performed an ODI in March this yr, tore a tendon in his proper thigh through the IPL and needed to bear surgical procedure in Might. He was chosen within the Asia Cup squad following in depth rehabilitation on the NCA, however was then dominated out of the primary two matches after selecting up a brand new niggle.
“We had a few health points that we had to take a look at, however all three [Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah and Shreyas Iyer] who had long-term accidents have come by way of,” India’s chief selector Ajit Agarkar
stated. “KL is trying good. We really feel this offers us the most effective stability to try to do nicely. With KL he was a part of the camp in Bangalore, he appeared actually good there has obtained over his niggle. He performed a few video games over the past two days. I feel he saved for 50 overs and batted for round 50 overs too, so he appears to be like good and we’re blissful to have him.”
Final week, India head coach Rahul Dravid
expressed satisfaction with Rahul’s restoration whereas additionally explaining they have been taking a “barely extra cautious method”
with him. Since then, Rahul has been on the NCA working with head physio Nitin Patel and had a match simulation train on Monday to check his degree of readiness.
Bumrah spearheads the tempo assault that features Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami and Shardul Thakur. Kuldeep Yadav is the frontline wristspinner, with Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya because the three real allrounders. The squad lacks an offspinner.
“Clearly there will likely be discussions given now we have each Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel who spin the ball into left-handers,” Agarkar stated. “Each give us depth in batting. Kuldeep takes the ball away. In 50 overs cricket, maybe you’ll ideally need an offspinner however this offers us the most effective stability. Seamers are likely to bowl much more in ODIs as in comparison with T20 cricket, and maybe you are a bit of extra beneath stress if you do not have an offie, so we’re pleased with the blokes now we have.”
Whereas the deadline to submit the World Cup squad to the ICC is September 5, groups could make modifications till September 28 with no need approval from the ICC. This offers India three extra ODIs in opposition to Australia after the Asia Cup to offer gamers corresponding to Rahul and Iyer extra sport time. India open their World Cup marketing campaign on October 8, once they tackle Australia in Chennai.
India’s World Cup squad: Rohit Sharma (capt), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya (vice-capt), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj