The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 kicks-off on May 30 in England and Wales with the hosts taking on South Africa in the opening match. The 12th edition of the world cup is just a few days away and the teams have pulled up their socks, as they step up their preparations for the quadrennial event.
India has fared quite well in the World Cups so far. The Indian cricket team won two world cup titles in the 11 editions. In addition to the 1983 world cup title, India triumphed in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 on home turf. Along with reaching the finals of the ICC World Cup 2003, team India has reached the semifinal stages thrice in 1987, 1996 and 2015. However, the team have been knocked out of the tournament 4 times in the group stages in 1975, 1979, 1992 and 2007. India has a win-loss record of 46-27 at the biggest event of cricket.
India has a strong top-order batting line-up with MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya taking the responsibilities in the middle-order and a formidable bowling line up, which makes India, one of the most balanced sides. The ‘Men in Blue’ remain the top contenders to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Team India is one of the three teams who are the favourites to reach the finals of the tournament.
The top-order, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli are the pillars of the batting lineup for team India. While Jasprit Bumrah remains their key wicket-taking bowler for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
India will certainly miss a left-handed batsman in the middle overs as the lefty-righty combination helps in rotating the strike in the middle overs. Also, the no. 4 position in their batting lineup is quite uncertain. There have been many changes in this position from the past two years but the position is still not fixed.
The ‘Men in Blue’ had a sigh of relief as Kedar Jadhav was declared fit for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The participation of the all-rounder was doubtful as he was suffering from a shoulder injury. Jadhav had hurt his shoulder during the last league match of the IPL 2019.
India’s Chief selector MSK Prasad said on Monday, “We have got the medical certificate declaring Jadhav is fit to play in the World Cup. He will travel to the UK with the rest of the squad on Wednesday.”
India will face the Black Caps in their first warm-up game on May 25 at the Oval. They’ll play against Bangladesh in the last warm-up match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on May 28 at the Cardiff Wales Stadium.
Virat Kohli and Co. kick off their World cup campaign against South Africa at the Rose Bowl Stadium, Southampton on June 5. The ‘Men in Blue’ will face a tough task ahead, playing 3 strong teams back-to-back with Australia on June 9, New Zealand on June 13 and Pakistan on June 16.
Team India will face Afghanistan and West Indies on June 22 and 27 respectively before playing against the hosts, England on June 30. India will play their last Round-Robin match against two Asian teams, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on July 2 and 6 respectively.
After a long debate over the selection of Rishabh Pant, Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik, Karthik was selected for the 15-member squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik.
Virat Kohli-led team India might have trouble for the no. 4 position in the batting order. However, the team still looks strong enough to win the third world cup.title for their nation. The Indian team is certainly the favourites and the top contenders to win the title.