The Indian squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is already announced and we see an inclusion of several top-notch batsmen and all-rounders that can turn the tables in favour of Team India. Some of the players from 2015 World Cup team have been retained, while 7 players will be making their first appearance in this event. The World Cup (WC) will commence on 30 May in England and Wales.
List of Indian Batsmen included for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
- Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli will be leading the Indian Cricket Team in the World Cup 2019. He has been on a record-breaking spree in the last 3 years across all formats of the game he plays. Kohli had taken over as captain in 2017 after M.S. Dhoni in the limited-overs format. He is yet to claim that position in ICC Trophy. Virat has already played two WCs in the past, and the 2019 one will be his third. In 2011 WC winning squad, he could not weave a magic in the tournament.
With 587 runs in 17 innings, Kohli had an average of 41.92. He had managaed a couple of hundred – 107 against Pakistan in 2015 WC and 100 against Bangladesh in 2011 WC. But, he has been fantastic with his bat in IPL 2019, and we hope to see a lot more of his batting charisma in the WC 2019.
- M.S. Dhoni
Being the senior most member of the Indian Cricket Team, the 31-year old M.S. Dhoni will be the start of batting line-up. He is a brilliant wicketkeeper and a batsman with loads of cricketing experience. Being cool, calm, and composed, he can handle tough situations like a pro. Dhoni was at his best in ICC World T20 in 2007 and ICC ODI WC in 2011
In 2011 WC, he has struck a match-winning know of 91 runs not out. His 507 runs in 17 innings at 42+ average score, brings hope for the Indian squad in 2019 WC. So whoever wants to play fantasy cricket and win cash daily, should definitely have Dhoni on the team.
- Dinesh Karthik
Who can forget Dinesh Karthik’s knock of 29 runs in 8 balls in 2018 T20I Nidahas Trophy final vs Bangladesh. Dinesh like Dhoni, has the ability to stay calm under pressure and take the team to the finishing line. He has had a decent run in 2018 with 167 runs at an average of 41.75. But in 2019, he has made only 75 runs in 5 innings so far. However, his skill at wicket-keeping batting convinced the selectors as the one over Rishabh Pant in WC 2019.
- Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan, a left-hander batsman, and he will be opening the innings for India in the 2019 World Cup. It will be his second quadrennial event. Dhawan is quite an experienced batsman, especially in the limited-overs format. As a top-order batsman, he was a part of the 2015 WC squad in Australia. Here, he had scored 412 runs in 8 matches, average being 51.50.
Shikhar was also a part of 2013 and 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, where he had scored 701 runs in 10 matches with 77.88 as average. In WC, Shikhar will surely prove to be an asset. If you want to play fantasy cricket online during WC, then do not forget to add him in your squad.
- Hardik Pandya
In just 2 and a half year of ODI career, Hardik Pandya had made a huge impact in the Indian Cricket Team. He is known for his quick 76-run in 2017 ICC Champions Trophy finale against Pakistan. He is also a reliable fast-bowler and has taken several wickets against England, Australia, and South Africa.
- Rohit Sharma
Along with Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (right-hander batsman) will be the opening partner for India in World Cup 2019. He has 3 double centuries in ODIs, and has a great capacity to give a hard time to the bowling unit with his batting skills. The 2019 WC will be his second of its kind and he will also have the added responsibility of being the Vice Captain.
Sharma had an exception 2015 edition, where he had scored 330 runs in 8 matches, with one century and two half-centuries, averaging at over 47. So, when you sign in your fantasy cricket app, even if you choose another player as a Vice Captain, add him to the team for a better score.
- KL Rahul
KL Rahul is a Karnataka batsman and has played so far 14 ODIs. However, within these many matches, he has proven his worth with his terrific hand-eye coordination, and playing a few attacking and bold shots. Rahul’s inclusion in the Indian Cricket Team for 2019 WC, gives India a perfect balance in the top-order.
- Vijay Shankar
Vijay Shankar, a Tamil Nadu youngster has only played 9 ODIs so far but is a decent performer. Though he has yet to score 50-plus in his ODI career, he has shown a commendable ability to bat in the middle-order. Those who love fantasy cricket also find Vijay Shankar as a hot favourite because he has been performing well in the recent matches. He can also bowl. Thus, after Hardik, Shankar is one of the fast-bowlers who strike quite a few important runs with bat.
- Kedar Jadhav
Kedar Jadhav has contributed to Team India both with the bat and ball. He is an integral part of the ODI for India now. In a home series against Australia, he had scored 176 runs and taken 2 wickets. He is a spinner and can chip in with wickets at crucial moments. The WC 2019 will be the first world-cup for Kedar.
With such promising and experienced batsmen in the Indian squad for WC 2019, the Men in Blue gang has good amount of chance to win the World Cup this time.