IPL performance is vital for World Cup selection: BCCI
Very recently, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said that Indian players’ performance in the cash-rich Premier League is nothing to do with the World Cup selection.
Since none of the players showcased their mettle in the No.4 slot during the recently-concluded India vs Australia series, the IPL performance will be an X factor for the players to woo the selectors when they pick the final squad for the World Cup scheduled to be held in England & Wales mid-April.
No.4 slot is still undecided:
Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul are the top contenders for the spot and it will be quite interesting to see how they make use of the chances in the captivating league. If a player performs up to the mark and beyong expectations then he will be given a green signal to fly to England.
Speaking to IANS, a top BCCI official said: “With all the chopping and changing and experimentation and recent performances of the team, the No.4 slot is not yet sealed and if you ask me, a couple of other positions are also open since some players have not developed as well as one hoped over the last year.
With the team selection slated for around April 20, the first month of the IPL will be crucial for the team selection for the World Cup.”
A source in the team management said that there are four batsmen who will be battling it out for the No.4 slot and a good IPL for one of them will surely make him a favourite to seal the position.
“It was thought that the Australia series would help cement all spots for the World Cup. But that hasn’t happened and technically you now have four batsmen fighting for the No.4 slot. In fact, coach Ravi Shastri has even spoken of the option of having Kohli at 4, but that then depends on conditions and match situation. He won’t go into the tournament as India’s no.4,” the source told IANS.