The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced India’s squad for World Cup 2019 in England.
Virat Kohli leads a strong team that is surely one of the favourites for the gruelling edition that sees all teams playing each other in the group stage.
Fellow top-order batsman Rohit Sharma will serve as Kohli’s deputy, with Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul also in the mix for a spot at the top of the innings.
Former skipper MS Dhoni, who led the side to the title at home in 2011, will be behind the stumps but the Men in Blue have a back-up option in Dinesh Karthik in case the 37-year-old Dhoni struggles with form or fitness.
India go into the World Cup with arguably their best-ever bowling line-up as Mohammad Shami, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar make up a formidable pace attack. Add to that the ominous spin trio of Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal alongside part-timer Kedar Jadhav and Kohli will be fancying his side’s chances at the mega event.
Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami