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Selection Day: Selectors to meet today to finalise the 15-member squad for the ICC World Cup 2019

World Cup 2019 is going to be the most open competition in a long time. The format is such that it will test the resolve of the very best and only the best will make it to the last four.

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Updated: Apr 15, 2019, 09.22 AM IST
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By Boria Majumdar

It is finally time to pick the fifteen to represent India at the ICC World Cup 2019. The five-member selection committee led by MSK Prasad will put an end to months of speculations in Mumbai this afternoon. With India acknowledged as one of the favourites going into cricket’s biggest tournament, the selectors have their task cut out. They have to choose between safe and exciting, daring and cautious keeping in mind conditions in England, which, as experienced during the Champions Trophy 2017, will heavily favour the batsmen.

Ravindra Jadeja and Ravinchandran Ashwin got little to no help and this was one of the reasons why the Virat Kohli-Ravi Shastri combine experimented with the Kuldeep Yadav-Yuzvendra Chahal pairing in South Africa in February 2018.

You don’t need to be a selector to pick 12 players: Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Chahal, Kuldeep, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami.

For the remaining three spots, however, the contest is as intense and keen as for Mandate 2019. Can the selectors ignore the IPL performances when all they have seen for the last one month is this tournament? Will they go by reputation and ignore current form?

World Cup 2019 is going to be the most open competition in a long time. The format is such that it will test the resolve of the very best and only the best will make it to the last four. There are no shortcuts and no possibility of one bad day ruining a team’s chances. The squad will have to be precise and fit, focussed and temperamentally sound. The selectors will have to identify men for the big stage. For two years and more the build up has been for this one tournament. That there is hope of India winning the World Cup makes the selection that much more exciting. The selectors need to get it right for there is no second chance.
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(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this column are that of the writer. The facts and opinions expressed here do not reflect the views of www.economictimes.com.)
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