With the World Cup 2019 nearly a month away, the ten participating teams have started to make the last pointer preparations for the upcoming showpiece event. Majority of the teams have already announced their respective 15-member squads for the 50-overs quadrennial event scheduled to start from May 30 in England and Wales.
During a recent interview, Team India head coach Ravi Shastri opened up on the concerning areas and the combination of the team. While revealing his opinion on the much-debated number four spot discussion, Shastri said, “We are a flexible team. It’s horses for courses, we have got enough ammunition. We have got enough players who can bat at 4. So, I am not really worried about that.”
India chief selector MSK Prasad had revealed that Vijay Shankar be the first choice for the number four position. The seam bowling all-rounder earned a dream opportunity to represent the nation in a huge tournament such the World Cup ahead of Ambati Rayudu.
Shastri further mentioned that he feels that the Indian World Cup squad has got all the bases covered. The former cricketer also noted that it is very important to have 15 players who are ready to play anytime during the long tournament.
“I think we have got all bases covered. Last thing you want is passengers on the tour. You want to have in those 15 players … who can play anytime, at any given time. If there is a major injury to a fast bowler, there will be a replacement almost straight away,” he added.
It doesn’t worry me at all
Shastri stated that he is not at all worried about Kuldeep Yadav’s struggling form in IPL 2019. The chinaman bowler scalped just 4 wickets in 10 games with an economy of 9. Indian batsman Kedar Jadhav picked up a shoulder injury during one of the league stage matches and was subsequently ruled out of the remainder of the tournament.
While speaking on Kedar’s injury, Shastri said, “In-fact I am totally blanked out from that. When the flight takes off on the 22nd, (May) we will see who are the 15 on that and just take it from there. Luckily in Kedar’s case, there is no fracture so we will wait and watch. There is still time so it should be ok.”
The head coach stated that it is very important to react spontaneously to different situations in big tournaments such as the World Cup. “In these big tournaments…. You go with the flow, you react spontaneously to different situations and the four years that have gone in between the World Cup, that’s what prepares teams,” the Indian team head coach concluded.