Indian squad for World Cup announced; Pant, Rayudu out

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KL Rahul will be kept as the reserve opener, as per Prasad.

At least 11 players are certain to be picked into the squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami.

ICC World Cup India team players 2019 announcement preview: India's 15-member squad for the ICC World Cup will be selected on April 15 in Mumbai.

"Wicketkeeping also matters. That is the reason why we went with Dinesh Karthik otherwise Rishabh Pant was also there", chief selector MSK Prasad was quoted as saying by the media, on the decision to pick Dinesh Karthik over Rishabh Pant. Pant, who made a late claim for his inclusion in the squad, missed out after Dinesh Karthik was chosen as the backup keeper while Ambati Rayudu, who was a regular in the ODI squad until a year ago also did not make it to the squad. The 12th edition of the World Cup, to be hosted by England and Wales, begins on the 30th of next month.

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

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"That is the only reason why we went ahead with DK otherwise Pant was nearly there", he added. We did give a few more chances to Rayudu. Vijay Shankar is the new addition to the squad as an all-rounder along with Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and Kedar Jadhav.

"They hold the Champions Trophy - playing extremely well to win that, in England - so it's a series we're all looking forward to".

Ravindra Jadeja's all-round skills and his ability to be restrictive on dry wickets came into consideration during his selection in the 15.

The pace trio of Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have also been included in the squad. They also have three pacers and two spinners.

Four extra fast bowlers will travel with the team.

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