Harbhajan Singh   |  Photo Credit: PTI
Veteran Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has revealed his version of India’s World Cup 2019 squad. While most part of the team includes the usual and probable names, Harbhajan also included Umesh Yadav and Vijay Shankar in his team while keeping Ravindra Jadeja as a possibility.
The batsmen and the bowling combination includes the names that India fielded in their Australia and New Zealand ODI series with the help of which the team scripted historic wins in both contests. However, Harbhajan has gone further to include Umesh in the squad who was remarkable for his Ranji side Vidarbha in the side’s road to a second straight title. He took 24 wickets in the four Ranji matches he played this season.
Harbhajan also feels Vijay should get a go for the World Cup after his impressive show against Australia and New Zealand in limited overs. Although going wicketless in the four ODIs he played Down Under, he scored 45 in the third one-day against New Zealand before adding another 89 in three innings in the T20I series against New Zealand while batting at No.3.
The offie also feels Jadeja can be a possibility for the showpiece event. He had earlier praised his batting and fielding prowess while batting for his inclusion for the World Cup.
“If you remember, during the 2017 Champions Trophy, the weather in the UK was hot and humid. So, if conditions are same, Jadeja could still be used as a package, if the opposition team has five to six right-handers in their line-up. Play him as No.6 with Hardik Pandya as No.7. Also, he is still your best fielder,” Harbhajan had told PTI during an interview.
However, contrary to the thoughts of many veteran cricketers across the world, Harbhajan left out Rishabh Pant for his World cup squad despite his Test heroics against Australia where he scored 350 runs in the series at an average over 55. Pant was included in the T20I series against New Zealand and he managed scores of 4, 40 and 28 in the three-match contest where India lost 1-2.
Here is Harbhajan’s 15-man squad for the 2019 ICC World Cup: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Dinesh Karthik, Umesh Yadav and Vijay Shankar. Probable: Ravindra Jadeja
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