Predicting India's 30-man probable squad for 2019 World Cup
The 2019 World Cup is just five months away and all the teams would have finalized their combination ahead of the World Cup. The case is no different with India as chief selector MSK Prasad has conceded that the squad that has been picked for the ODI series against Australia and New Zealand is more or less the squad that will be taking part in the World Cup and there is a pool of 20 players who can make it to the tournament
"As promised, we said that coming close to the World Cup, we are left with only 13 ODIs. It is more or less the core team. We have zeroed in on 20 members and only those 20 members will be figuring from now on," he said.
While the final squad can be announced in mid-April, the teams will be announcing a probable 30-member squad as early as March.
Let us take a look at the players who can make it to the probable squad for the 2019 World Cup.
Without a doubt, India have the best opening combination in ODIs, thanks to Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, who are among the top-5 ODI batsmen at the moment. Both of them are certain to open the innings for India in the tournament with the third opener's spot likely to be given to KL Rahul.
Among these three, the other names that could be in contention with an outside chance are Prithvi Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane. It is highly unlikely that the duo will be picked in the final squad as they are not in the scheme of things in the ODIs. The only way Rahane and Shaw might make the cut is when one of the three front-line openers are injured.
Rahane last played an ODI for India against South Africa in 2018 where he batted at number 4 throughout the series. The last time he opened the innings for India in ODIs was during the five-match ODI series against Australia at home in November 2017 in which fared well. Shaw, on the other hand, is yet to make his ODI debut but is surely one for the future.
Who could make it to the probables: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane.