With the prestigious tournament of the cricket knocking on the door, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has started with the talent hunt for upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup scheduled to begin from May 30 in England & Wales. Recently, the selection committee chairman, MSK Prasad has put forth his views related to the various current vacant slots in the team & how IPL will play a role of catalyst for the process.
With the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup knocking on the doors, MSK Prasad confirmed the identification of 12 guaranteed players in the recent interview with the “Times Of India”. Commenting from the selector’s point of view, MSK Prasad expressed the happiness on the veteran wicket-keeper batsmen effort to play his natural game. Playing as per the demands of the game and ready to take calculated risks, Prasad was impressed by M.S Dhoni’s contribution in the series victory in Australia and NewZealand with the former captain bagging the “Man of the series” award for his former performance, being the first time since 2011. Focusing on the IPL, MSK Prasad also opined that Dhoni will be crucial for giving his tactical inputs to the captain and also carry forward the high intensity attained from 14-16 IPL matches in England.
Selection committee meeting of BCCI expected to take place, either on February 15 or February 16 for selecting the limited overs squad against Australia, Prasad announced the deadline to announce the 15-member squad for the World Cup in England & Wales as April 23. Not featuring in the list of guaranteed players list of 12 members, Ajinkya Rahane was also seen in contention of the berth, who last played for India in 50 over format against South Africa in February, 2018. With 2 centuries and a hattrick of half centuries featuring in the 597 runs, his decent form in List A cricket cannot be ignored for a long time.
Vijay Shankar and Rishabh Pant, surely would consider themselves as favourites after MSK Prasad hinted their presence for the contention. Smashing a couple of hundreds and creating a record for Indian wicketkeeper Down Under in red ball cricket, Rishabh Pant quickly changed gears in the limited overs format. Tagging him as “Healthy headache” & praising for his phenomenal performance across formats over last 1 year, Prasad felt the need of more maturity and experience in the youngster.
Post inclusion of Hardik Pandya in the team, the debate of inclusion of second all-rounder seems to be an issue not likely to touch upon. However, it would be an exciting step to witness by the selection committee in utilization of its bench strength for upcoming tournaments and Cricket World Cup.