The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is nearly upon us and teams are working extremely hard for it. This year will be the 12th edition of the World Cup, since it started in 1975. The venue for the 2019 edition is England and Wales, whereas, in 2015, it was held in Australia and New Zealand. That year, Australia triumphed, taking their 5th World Cup trophy.
Indian team’s World Cup History
Coming to the Indian team, the Men in Blue have participated since the World Cup’s inception. After getting eliminated for two World Cup tournaments in a row, starting with the 1975 and the 1979 edition. Then, in the 1983 World Cup, India, very much the underdogs, pulled off the impossible and defeated the mighty West Indies.
Since then, the Men in Blue reached the semifinals twice and were the runners-up on one occasion. However, in 2011, under the leadership of MS Dhoni, the Indian team hoisted the trophy yet again. Finally, in the 2015 World Cup, India ended up as the semifinalists. Now, they are back for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and will be itching to have a go and aim for a 3rd title.
The 15-member India squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 was announced a while ago, but a spanner was thrown in the works. Namely, Kedar Jadhav picked up an injury, so the BCCI selectors were scrambling to find a replacement. But the good news is that Jadhav has been declared fit and will travel to England.
Captain and VC
As expected, Virat Kohli will be leading the Men in Blue in the 2019 World Cup campaign. His second-in-command will be Rohit Sharma, who recently lead the Mumbai Indians to their fourth IPL title victory.
The Indian cricket team for the World Cup 2019 boasts of a strong batting lineup, consisting off Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Kedar Jadhav. They also have a decent set of backups, in the form of Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant.
In conclusion, the Indian team has a decent mix of players who are all in good form. Although Jadhav gave them a good scare with his shoulder injury in the IPL, he seems to have recovered.