The selectors announced the probables for the WC some days back and also announced the team for the onedayers in SouthAfrica
And it isn’t surprising that most of the guys picked as probables are not picked for south africa as this is the last tournament before the WC
I’m always perplexed as to why a probable team must be selected?Why cant they straight away pick a 15 and announce it, yes the selectors will have a pool of players in their mind but why announce it to public and ICC?
Anyway the final shortlist of 15 players will be announced early Jan I think or they might announce it even before the ODI’s start in SA
I think most of the spots are filled but for a couple of them which i think might well be the key factor in a fairly long tournament like this
Here is my 15 for the WC
MS Dhoni (c/wk)
Gautam Gambhir (vc)
I believe the first 13 pick themselves, and will be really surprised if any one of those are not picked, the rest 2 spots are up of grabs and it will be interesting to see who the selectors will go for, my pick is Sreeshanth and Dinesh Karthik.
Sreeshanth will be an ideal backup bowler, but i wont be surprised if Munaf or Ishant is picked, but i will go for Sreeshanth simply because the other two doesn’t seem to be completely fit, and also we have hardly seen them play any ODIs
Many might be surprised by Karthik but i feel he is the correct backup batsman/wicketkeeper, i doubt if the selectors will pick him, but if i were one them then i would have surely tried Karthik in the series against SA, he not only gives you the backup option for wicketkeeper but can also be used around as a floater, can be used in case an opener gets injured or be drafted in the middle order to attack the spinners as well and his record in the subcontinent is not bad either, so i feel he will be ideal.
The selectors might as well pick another batsman and completely drop the idea of a backup wicketkeeper, but touchwood if MS breaks a finger before the game then the standby keeper, whoever it is might be will be caught off-guard so in a high profile series like this we should not take any chance at all
Will be interesting to see which way the selectors go, but this WC will be super exciting, not only is it happening in India but we are probably the stern favorites this time around and we if play to out potential we should go all the way winning the trophy.
All the best to team India and also a very happy and prosperous New Year to everyone.