India team for World Cup is well-balanced, we have covered all bases: MSK Prasad

first_imgIndia team for World Cup is well-balanced, we have covered all bases: MSK PrasadWorld Cup 2019: India chief selector MSK Prasad said his committee has covered all bases for the 2019 Cricket World Cup and added the squad has the luxury of 7 bowlers. Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya were both named in the World Cup squad on Monday.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta New DelhiApril 15, 2019UPDATED: April 15, 2019 15:53 IST MSK Prasad announced a 15-man World Cup 2019 squad for India(PTI photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia’s selection committee led by MSK Prasad announced a 15-man squad for World Cup 2019Virat Kohli will lead the Indian team for the 2019 Cricket World Cup to be played in EnglandIndia’s World Cup campaign begins on June 5 against South AfricaMSK Prasad, India’s chief selector said his committee covered the best possible squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup and added all bases have been covered in the 15-man squad led by Virat Kohli. The selection committee left out Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu while all-rounder Vijay Shankar made the cut as a batsman who can bowl.MSK Prasad spoke to the media in Mumbai and named the squad in the presence of Amitabh Chaudhary and said his committee has selected one of the most balanced Indian teams.”In the last one year or so, these two wrist spinners have done well. Wickets might be a bit more dry. Jadeja might come in handy,” MSK Prasad said on Monday.”After the Champions Trophy, we have tried a few middle order options. We gave a few more chances to Rayudu but what Vijay Shankar offers is 3 dimensional. If the conditions are overcast. he might bowl a bit and he is a fantastic fielder. He is a batsman who can bowl.”In the team, we have the luxury of 7 bowlers. We have covered all the bases and this is one of the most balanced Indian sides for the World Cup,” Prasad said.MSK Prasad revealed the Khaleel Ahmed and Navdeep Saini were also discussed as back-up pacers and added they would be on stand-by and will fly down to England if the need arises.”Khaleel and Saini were discussed and they will be around. If the need arises, one of them will go to England,” he said.advertisementIndia’s World Cup preparation started soon after the Champions Trophy in England two years ago. India had lost the final to Pakistan and it was then that the selectors decided to try out two wrist spinners in Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.”We had been planning soon after the completion of the Champions Trophy but in the last month or two, a couple of players like Vijay Shankar cropped up,” MSK Prasad said.Earlier, Virat Kohli and MSK Prasad had insisted IPL performances would not affect India’s team selection for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. India have done well in ODIs over the last one year.In 2018, India won their first ever ODI series in South Africa, won the Asia Cup, defeated West Indies at home and won away series in Australia and New Zealand. However, India had lost a 3-match ODI series in England in 2018.India’s top-3 have done the bulk of the scoring over the last several years but Shikhar Dhawan’s recent form has been cause for concern. The onus will once again be on Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli while India will expect MS Dhoni to carry on the good work he started in Australia where he hit 3 fifties in 3 ODIs and won the man-of-the-series award.The main strike force in the pace department picked themselves. Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have done incredibly well for India while the two wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will be a force to reckon with.India begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa in Southampton on June 5. India’s next match will be against defending champions Australia at Kennington Oval, London before they take on New Zealand in Nottingham 4 days later.India play the high-profile clash against Pakistan on June 16 in Manchester before returning to Southampton to play Afghanistan on June 22. India then play West Indies (June 27). Bangladesh (July 2) and Sri Lanka (July 6).Also Read | India World Cup squad announcement: No.4 slot set to dominate selection meetingAlso Read | KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant await World Cup fate, India to name squad of 15 on MondayAlso Read | ICC World Cup 2019 Indian Squad Announcement Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch team announcementAlso Watch | KKR head coach Jacques Kallis explains why he is in awe of Andre RusselFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow World Cup squadFollow MSK Prasadlast_img read more

Sri Lankan teen commits suicide in Italy over love affair

A Sri Lankan teen has committed suicide in Italy over a love affair, the Italian media reported.The 16 year old boy in Vicenza had consumed some form of liquid after his parents had refused to allow him to have a relationship with an Italian girl. Reports stated that the parents of the young boy wanted him to have a relationship with someone from the same ethnicity as his family.The boy was admitted to hospital but he was pronounced dead a few hours later. (Colombo Gazette)