The build to the upcoming cricket world cup has allready started with less than three months left for cricket’s biggest extravaganza to begin in England and Wales. All the ten participating teams have allready started finalizing their 15-man squad for the event.
India led by Virat Kohli is currently plying its trade in the ODI series against Australia which will be their last bilateral series before the world cup. There are many questions for the team management to answer about the playing XI of the men in blue, especially the batting order. Hardik Pandya’s injury has been another concern for the team management which may open doors for Vijay Shankar in the world cup squad.
Many former cricketers have also given their expert comment and predicted India’s 15-man squad for the marquee event. This time former cricketer Roger Binny announced his team for the show piece event.
No Dhawan in Binny’s squad
The former India all-rounder preferred KL Rahul over out of form Shikhar Dhawan who has history of scoring runs in the ICC events. “In the batting department, I will choose K. L. Rahul as the opener over Shikhar Dhawan. He can be very effective in building an opening stand with Rohit Sharma,” Binny wrote for Sportstar.
Binny also preferred Vijay Shankar over Ravindra Jadeja in the team after the former player managed to impress with the bat at the New Zealand tour as well in the ongoing ODI series against Australia. He also kept his nerves to defend 11 runs off the last over in the 2nd ODI to take his team to a 2-0 lead in the series.
Roger Binny’s predicted India squad
Rohit Sharma, K.L. Rahul, Virat Kohli (captain), Ambati Rayudu, M.S. Dhoni, Rishabh Pant, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Vijay Shankar. (15th slot is kept open for a batting all-rounder).