Amidst the ongoing Indian Premier League, the International Cricket Council has blown the bugle and has announced the fixtures for the 2019 World Cup to be held in the United Kingdom.
These 4 Indian players might not feature in the final 2019 World Cup squad
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Teams have been building their core squad for the past few years and in these 12-15 months they would be giving a closer look to the actual line-up. Amidst all these we look at four players who might not make it to the Indian squad.
1. Axar Patel
He was previously viewed as a replacement for Ravindra Jadeja and was a perfect fit for the limited overs. But the finger spinners proved ineffective in the Champions Trophy held in England in 2017.
This forced the management to try out Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, and the duo has yielded some great results. Hence Axar’s selection might not happen purely because of the English conditions where wrist spinners will be the preferred breed.
2. Manish Pandey
This player was given ample opportunity to perform but he failed to fulfil the potential. After the century in Sydney in 2015, the path looked clear for Pandey.
But he failed to capitalise on the situation and cement his position in the squad. Moreover more batsmen have come who could solve the middle-order muddle, and as a result Manish Pandey might face the axe when the squad is finally announced.
3. Ravindra Jadeja
This player made his career as a T20 specialist, but now his life has taken a complete tumble as he is now viewed as India’s premier spinner in Test matches. He has also lost his ability to pick up wickets in ODIs and he is also missing confidence with the bat.
Moreover with the emergence of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, Jadeja might find it hard to make a comeback. To add salt to injury, he is not performing well in the ongoing IPL.
4. Yuvraj Singh
India’s Man of the Series in the 2011 World Cup is currently playing for his IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab. But his lack of good scores has forced his team to bench him. Although he was a part of Champions Trophy, there is little doubt that he will make a place in the 15-man World Cup squad.
His batting, which is sometimes brilliant in patches, does not show any confidence, while his bowling is just about afloat. He has also become slow in the field and has become a pale shadow of the vibrant Yuvraj he once was.