/ It is between Ravindra Jadeja and Vijay Shankar for final World Cup spot

The Indian Express : Mar 05, 2019, 10:28 AM

It will be a toss-up between Ravindra Jadeja and Vijay Shankar for a place in the Indian squad for the ODI World Cup to be played in England this summer. Even though the tournament kicks off in late May. The point of discussion between the selectors will be whether to go with Ravindra Jadeja, whose athleticism saves runs on the ground, or Vijay Shankar, who is capable of big hitting.

However, before making the announcement public, national selectors of the MSK Prasad-led senior selection committee want Jadeja and Shankar to prove their mettle in the ongoing One-day series against Australia for a lone slot vacant in the Indian team. This is the main reason why Jadeja got a game ahead of leggie Yuzvendra Chahal. Post Hardik Pandya’s back injury, selectors were also keen to see how all-rounder Shankar responds to the opportunity he gets.

Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami are the three seamers expected to travel along with Hardik, who is expected to undergo specific training to shore up his core fitness. However, the only point of discussion will be whether to go with Jadeja, whose athleticism saves runs on the ground, or Shankar, who is capable of big hitting when the team requires.