What will be India’s squad for World Cup 2019? (part 2)

In case you haven’t already, read part one of the probable India squad for World Cup 2019, in which Cricfooty has analysed the batsmen who are likely to be named by the selectors.

In part two, we look at the all-rounders and bowlers who are likely to make the squad.

All-rounders

Hardik Pandya is an automatic choice for one of the two all-rounders in India’s World Cup 2019 squad, with R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja out of the ODI picture since the series in West Indies in July 2017.

Axar Patel has been warming the bench for a long time and he is the Jadeja-type cricketer who has managed to remain with the squad despite considerably less involvement. A good fielder and a spinner who can tie the batsmen down, Axar will probably be the second all-rounder in India’s 2019 World Cup squad.

All-rounder Bat position
Hardik Pandya No. 7
Axar Patel No. 7

Bowlers

With nine of the 15 spots taken by the batsmen and all-rounders, India’s World Cup squad can have only six out and out bowlers comprising seamers and spinners.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, and Yuzvendra Chahal pick themselves, leaving only two spots up for grabs.

Now, apart from Kuldeep and Chahal, Washington Sundar has been the only other spinner who has played in ODIs for India in the last eight to ten months. Sundar’s place in the squad is likely to come down to the kind of backup the selectors and the team management prefer. Will they look at Axar as a backup spinner to the two wrist-spinners or look at Washington as the out-and-out backup spin-bowling option?

Mind you, Sundar has played only one ODI to date and was ruled out of England ODIs (after being named in the squad) because he picked up an ankle injury playing football during a training session. Which was how Axar came into the senior squad having been part of India A squad during their tour of England.

The other option is picking two out-and-out seamers from Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Shami.

Thakur made his debut only during the tour of South Africa earlier this year. While he has tended to be expensive, Thakur has, in the short time, shown that he is a wicket-taker. He wasn’t part of the original India squad for the ODIs against England and came in only because Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out with an injury.

Shami and Umesh were part of India’s 2015 World Cup squad and in the 2017 Champions Trophy squad as well. They were potent on the fast, bouncy pitches in Australia and New Zealand three years ago.

The English pitches have become batsmen-friendly in the last couple of years and fast bowlers have suffered more than other kinds of bowlers.

These are the points that will be discussed when the Indian selectors, the team captain and coach sit down to pick the final Indian squad for 2019 World Cup.

Bowlers likely to be named in India squad for World Cup 2019

Bowler Role
Bhuvneshwar Kumar Bowling spearhead
Jasprit Bumrah Bowler, death-overs specialist
Shardul Thakur One-change bowler
Yuzvendra Chahal Frontline spinner
Kuldeep Yadav Frontline spinner
Mohammed Shami/Umesh Yadav/Washington Sundar Backup bowler

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