Harbhajan Singh reveals his 15-man Indian squad for World Cup
With only a few months left of the most awaited cricket tournament of the year, veteran Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh picked 15 players for his version of Team India squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Although most of the picks are quite expected, Harbhajan also picked Umesh Yadav and Vijay Shankar in his team while keeping Ravindra Jadeja as a possibility. The reason for picking Umesh Yadav is probably his brilliant performance in the recent Ranji trophy as the bowler picked up 24 wickets for his side Vidarbha.
Surprisingly, Harbhajan left out young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishab Pant from his 15-man Indian squad despite Pant’s brilliant performance with the bat in the recent Test series against Australia. The young batsman scored 350 runs in the series with the bat.
Meanwhile, the experienced cricketer feels all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja can also be a possibility for the upcoming tournament. He had earlier praised his batting and fielding prowess while batting for his inclusion for the World Cup.
“If you remember, during the 2017 Champions Trophy, the weather in the UK was hot and humid. So, if conditions are same, Jadeja could still be used as a package, if the opposition team has five to six right-handers in their line-up. Play him as No.6 with Hardik Pandya as No.7. Also, he is still your best fielder,” Harbhajan had told PTI during an interview.
Here is Harbhajan’s 15-man squad for the 2019 ICC World Cup: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Dinesh Karthik, Umesh Yadav and Vijay Shankar. Probable: Ravindra Jadeja