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CWC: An alternate Indian playing XI that could have given other teams a run for their money

Modified 20 Dec 2019, 23:08 IST

Iyer and Pant were instrumental in Delhi Capitals
Iyer and Pant were instrumental in Delhi Capitals' journey to the playoffs in IPL 2019

One of the most prestigious tournaments in world cricket, the ICC Cricket World Cup is around the corner and the cricket fans all over the world cannot wait for the action to begin. Even though all the ten participating teams are in the fray for laying their hands on the glorious trophy, a couple of teams are tagged as pre-tournament favorites to lift the trophy. One of those teams is team India.

The Indian team has been in good form in the past couple of years having defeated South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand in their own backyards. One of the major reasons for this success has been the availability of a large pool of players for selection. The competition for places in the team has become extremely tough which apparently made the selectors' task of selecting India's World Cup squad difficult. And even though the selectors have named a strong squad for the marquee event, there were a lot of players who might have felt hard done by the selection.

A barrage of young players showed their worth in the recently concluded IPL and one can only wonder what would have happened if some of these talented players were part of the World Cup-bound squad. Anyway, as a tribute to India's bench strength, here is a playing XI of players who are not part of India's World Cup Squad but are more than capable of giving any team a run for their money.

#1 Mayank Agarwal

Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal

Mayank Agarwal has been a consistent performer across formats in domestic cricket. After a couple of prolific seasons for Karnataka, Agarwal finally got his dues when he was named in India's Test team for the tour of Australia. Agarwal impressed one and all with his classy batting and fluent strokeplay. After having a below average IPL season last year, Agarwal had a decent IPL 2019 scoring 332 runs for Kings XI Punjab. His aggressive style of cricket is ideal for ODI cricket.

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