The Indian selection committee, on Tuesday(Jan6) announced the 15 man squad for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup which is to be held in Australia and New Zealand. the veteran Indian all rounder and the 2011 world cup hero Yuvraj Singh was ignored despite making a hat trick of hundreds in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season.
There were no surprises in the team-the only talking point being that Yuvraj Singh did not make it to the final 15. Regular test opener Murali Vijay was also ignored despite being in the best of forms in the ongoing test series against Australia.Youngsters like Manish Pandey, Varun Aaron, Lokesh Rahul and Dhawal Kulkarni could also not make it to the final 15.
Youngsters like Akshar Patel and Stuart Binny have succeeded in making surprise entries into the 15 man squad. The selectors have gone with an additional all rounder in Stuart Binny. Ravindra Jadeja, who had withdrawn from the test series following a shoulder injury has succeeded in making it to the final 15. the BCCI officials have claimed that the 26 year old all rounder will be back to fitness in a week’s time.
The Batting department will be headed by Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina are other batsmen who have been included in the final 15.Furthermore, the selectors have gone with 4 front line seamers in Bhavaneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami and Ishant Sharma. Ravi Ashwin is the only front line spinner in the 15 man squad.
The World cup starts on February 14 with New Zealand taking on Sri Lanka in the Opening encounter. Australia will face off against England later on the same day in Melbourne. India will face arch rivals Pakistan in their opening group B encounter on February 15 at the Adelaide Oval.
India have been pooled in group B alongside South Africa, United Arab Emirates,Pakistan,Zimbabwe,Ireland and the West Indies. Can this bunch of hot blooded and passionate youngsters led by MS Dhoni be able to defend India’s World Cup crown in Australia? A lot of surprises are in store.