India Squad ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Highlights: Dinesh Karthik Included, Rishabh Pant Misses Out

Updated:15 April 2019 16:51 IST

India World Squad 2019 Highlights: Chief selector MSK Prasad announced the 15-man squad for the World Cup 2019 in Mumbai on Monday.

India Squad ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Highlights: Dinesh Karthik Included, Rishabh Pant Misses Out
ICC World Cup 2019 Indian Cricket Team: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan picked themselves for top spots. © AFP

Dinesh Karthik stumped young wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant to make a surprise entry in India's 15-member squad for the World Cup 2019, announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Mumbai on Monday. On paper, it seems India decided to stick to the One-Day International squad they fielded over the recent few months -- in the ODI series against Australia and New Zealand -- except for a surprise inclusion and two exclusions. Along with Rishabh Pant, Ambati Rayudu is set to miss the flight to the UK after having failed to impress much with the willow. As expected, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli were picked for the top three spots. KL Rahul was included as the back-up opener. Talking about KL Rahul, chief selector MSK Prasad said: "We also have a role for KL Rahul in the top order, he is the reserve opener." Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar made it for his "three-dimensional" qualities. Ambati Rayudu, who has been India's No.4 since last year's Asia Cup, had an indifferent Australia series and has not set the IPL on fire either. Rayudu's highest score in the Australia series was 18. Even against New Zealand in January, he only managed one 50-plus score.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Team India Squad Announcement Highlights:

  • 15:56 (IST)Apr 15, 2019

    Thank you for joining us

    Thank you for joining us for the live coverage of the India's World Cup 2019 squad announcement. Read the complete details about India's 15-member squad here.
  • 15:42 (IST)Apr 15, 2019

    Rahul in as reserve opener

    Talking about KL Rahul, Prasad said: "We also have a role for KL Rahul in the top order, he is the reserve opener."
  • 15:38 (IST)Apr 15, 2019

    In quest of the right balance

    The Indian team for World Cup 2019 comprises five specialist batsmen, two wicketkeepers, three fast bowlers, three all-rounders and two specialist spinners.
  • 15:35 (IST)Apr 15, 2019

    Karthik to play only in absence of Dhoni

    "The second wicketkeeper comes into play only if Mahi (MS Dhoni) is injured. We went ahead with Karthik because of his experience in big matches," Prasad explained further.
  • 15:30 (IST)Apr 15, 2019

    Wicketkeeping matters

    "Wicketkeeping also matters. That is the reason why we went with Dinesh Karthik otherwise Rishabh Pant was also there," says chief selector MSK Prasad on picking Dinesh Karthik over Rishabh Pant.
  • 15:28 (IST)Apr 15, 2019

    Rishabh Pant, Ambati Rayudu omitted

    While Ambati Rayudu lost his No.4 slot, young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant lost the battle to seasoned wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik.
  • 15:25 (IST)Apr 15, 2019

    Kohli to lead India; Karthik surprise inclusion

  • 15:18 (IST)Apr 15, 2019

    India announce World Cup squad

    India's 15-man squad: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, Vijay Shankar, KL Rahul, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami
  • 15:06 (IST)Apr 15, 2019

    India squad announcement shortly

    The reports are coming in that says Virat Kohli is preparing to leave the BCCI headquarters. The squad announcement may come anytime soon. Chief selector MSK Prasad will make the announcement at a press conference scheduled to begin shortly.
  • 14:58 (IST)Apr 15, 2019

    Cricket action for Virat Kohli later

    Later in the day, Virat Kohli will be seen in action as Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). Even though the match will start at 7:30 pm (IST), the RCB skipper will look to wrap up the selection business well on time.
  • 14:51 (IST)Apr 15, 2019

    Virat Kohli arrives

    India captain Virat Kohli has arrived for the selection meeting in Mumbai. According to media reports, Kohli had arrived on time and the squad is expected to be announced by 3 pm (IST).
  • 14:41 (IST)Apr 15, 2019

    New Zealand World Cup Squad

    New Zealand World Cup Squad: Kane Williamson (C), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor
  • 14:37 (IST)Apr 15, 2019

    New Zealand bank on experience

    New Zealand were the first team to announce their squad for the World Cup 2019. On April 3,New Zealand opted for experience in a 15-man squad with rookie Tom Blundell's inclusion as back-up wicketkeeper the only real surprise.
  • 14:31 (IST)Apr 15, 2019

    Pakistan, SA to announce squad on April 18

    Apart from India, Pakistan and South Africa are expected to announce their squad on April 18. The Proteas will begin their inaugural camp for the World Cup on May 12. On the other hand, Champions Trophy 2017 winners Pakistan have named a 23-man provisional squad for the tournament.
  • 14:20 (IST)Apr 15, 2019

    Changes possible till May 23

    According to cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle, the announced squads will be "provisional selections" and can be change till May 23.
  • 14:04 (IST)Apr 15, 2019

    All squads will be out by April 23

    The final date to announce the squads is April 23 but every team has been given an extended period until May 23 by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to make changes in their side to cover for events like injuries to players. Here is World Cup team announcements complete timeline.
  • 13:56 (IST)Apr 15, 2019

    Irfan Pathan World Cup XI

    India fast bowler Irfan Pathan also joined in as he shared his World Cup XI on Twitter.

    Irfan Pathan World Cup XI: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja
  • 13:48 (IST)Apr 15, 2019

    Sanjay Manjrekar World Cup XI

    Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar tweeted his World Cup XI on Monday.

    Sanjay Manjrekar World Cup XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  • 13:32 (IST)Apr 15, 2019

    Australia World Cup squad

    Australia World Cup squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa
  • 13:27 (IST)Apr 15, 2019

    Return of Steve Smith, David Warner

    Earlier in the day, Australia announced their 15-man squad for the World Cup 2019. Former captain and his deputy -- Steve Smith and David Warner -- returned to the national team, though fast bowler Josh Hazlewood and in-form batsman Peter Handscomb were both overlooked.
  • 13:21 (IST)Apr 15, 2019

    Hello and welcome!

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of India's World Cup squad announcement. The five-man selection committee will meet at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai to pick the 15-member squad for the World Cup 2019 in the UK.
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