The Virat Kohli-led Indian team went into the recently concluded home series against Australia with the aim of finalizing a solid 15-member squad that has the ability to make India champions at the upcoming 2019 World Cup. While announcing the team for the home series, chief selector MSK Prasad also mentioned that apart from 2 or 3 spots, the selection committee and the team management are on the same page in respect to the other 12-13 names for the mega event. However, after the disappointing series loss, there are still some World Cup spots which are up for grabs.
The No.4 spot is not yet sealed
In a recent report, a BCCI official stated that the No.4 spot in the Indian ODI team for the World Cup 2019 is not yet sealed as there have been a lot of chopping and changing. The official further stated that since the final squad will be named around April 20, the players’ performances in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) will be quite essential for the team selection.
“With all the chopping, changing, experimentation and recent performances of the team, the No.4 slot is not yet sealed and if you ask me, a couple of other positions are also open since some players have not developed as well as one hoped over the last year. With the team selection slated for around April 20, the first month of the IPL will be crucial for the team selection for the World Cup,” quoted a BCCI official.
A source also revealed that the team management and selectors had thought that they will be able to finalize all the spots during the Australia limited-overs series. The source further cleared the fact that Virat Kohli will not go into the World Cup as India’s No.4.
“It was thought that the Australia series would help cement all spots for the World Cup. But that hasn’t happened and technically you now have four batsmen fighting for the No.4 slot. In fact, coach Ravi Shastri has even spoken of the option of having Kohli at 4, but that then depends on conditions and match situation. He won’t go into the tournament as India’s no.4,” said a source.