Ahead of the much-awaited ICC World Cup 2019, the Indian head coach, Ravi Shastri has said that the men in blue are flexible to make changes as per the conditions. He also said that the team combination during the tournament will depend on conditions. When Vijay Shankar was picked in the 15-man squad. It was largely perceived that he will be playing a crucial role at no.4. But the head coach reckons that there is not one player, who is certain to play in that position.
During a recent interview with CricketNext, Shastri said, “We are a flexible team. It’s horses for courses, we have got enough ammunition. We have got enough players who can bat at 4. So, I am not really worried about that. I think we have got all the bases covered. The last thing you want is passengers on the tour. You want to have in those 15 players … who can play anytime, at any given time. If there is a major injury to a fast bowler, there will be a replacement almost straight away.”
The ICC ODI World Cup will be played in England and it will be commencing on May 30 and will be concluded on July 14.
All-rounder Kedar Jadhav suffered an injury during the IPL, and on the other hand, Kuldeep Yadav’s lack of form also came under the scanner but Shastri said, “it doesn’t worry me at all. In fact, I am totally blanked out from that. When the flight takes off on the 22nd, (May) we will see who are the 15 on that and just take it from there. Luckily in Kedar’s case, there is no fracture so we will wait and watch. There is still time so it should be ok.”
Shastri said a team can’t pre-plan for such a mega event and the four years leading up to the tournament is the time to prepare. He also said that Windies and Australia will be the teams to watch out for in the showpiece event.
Describing the same, the Indian head coach added, “When they (West Indies) were in India I said we might have beaten them but we had a tough series and they played some excellent cricket. I said watch out for this side, they have serious talent and I was very happy about that. Because you have played in the glory days of West Indies against some of the best players to have played the game and then the country has gone through some real debacles.”
Talking about defending champions Australia Shastri added: “You would expect that from Australia. They have won more World Cups than any other team in the last 25 years. There is never an Australian team which is not competitive. And now they have got all their players back and they seem to be in pretty good form but then again in the World Cup it is that given day.”