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ICC World Cup 2019: How India could possibly lineup in the tournament opener

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2.21K   //    16 Apr 2019, 11:00 IST

The Indian captain, Virat Kohli
The Indian captain, Virat Kohli

With the ICC World Cup 2019 in England just a month and a half away, anticipation and excitement for the tournament is increasing. Now that India has announced the World Cup squad, we are officially on the road to England.

Before going on, let's take a look at India's 15 man squad for the grand event:

Now, there are big talking points from this squad as KL Rahul and Vijay Shankar have been preferred over Ambati Rayudu. Also, Dinesh Karthik has been preferred as the second choice wicketkeeper over Rishabh Pant which comes as a surprise to many.

India's top 3 looks settled but with Rahul coming into the mix, it could be possible that the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli could drop down to number 4, something that even Ravi Shastri hinted at.

Another thing that comes as a surprise is that India is going into the tournament with only three front line fast bowlers with Shankar and Hardik Pandya being the batting all-rounders.

England wickets have recently become a little dry in nature but they still assist fast bowlers, so, it looks like Kohli is banking on his spinners.

So, keeping all that in mind, here is how India could possibly lineup for the World Cup 2019:

#1 Openers: Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan
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One of the best opening pairs in the world right now, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan along with Virat Kohli have been a backbone of this Indian ODI batting lineup.

These two have been giving India consistent starts for the last 6 years and both of them would like to continue their form at the grand stage in England.

Shikhar Dhawan becomes a different animal in ICC tournaments and he has been by far the best batsman for India in the ICC Cup competitions. His fast starts at the top will be important for India and he would be looking forward to those flat decks on offer at England.

Rohit, on the other hand, has been one of the most consistent players for India in white ball cricket and he is arguably one of the best openers going around in the world. The vice-captain is a match winner on his day and his tendency to play long innings will come handy in England.

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