Bhajji Dropped Rishabh Pant From His World Cup Squad
By Aditya Pratap - Feb 12, 2019 10:04 pm
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The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is still four months away but the hype is touching the sky. Every cricket expert is naming their teams for the marquee event and who should get picked and who shouldn’t. Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh is the latest name in this list who named his 15-member squad for World Cup.

Harbhajan Singh

Bhajji didn’t bother to change the opening pair and made a straight forward selection of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. Selection of Virat Kohli came with no surprise while his middle-order includes Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav.

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In the pace department, Bhajji gave a chance to Umesh Yadav along with Mohammad Shami. He revealed as the condition in England will be seam bowling friendly that is why he picked four specialist fast bowlers. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah were simply drafted in his team.

Among the all-rounder, he named Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar in the team while stating Ravindra Jadeja is among the probable for a spot in the team. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will lead the spin bowling department.

“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.

Surprisingly, Rishabh Pant is missing from the team named by Bhajji despite the good form of the young batsman.

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Harbhajan’s Team India at 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