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BCCI on Monday announced India’s World Cup squad.

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will open the innings and the No. 3 will be the skipper Virat Kohli.

KL Rahul is the reserved opener of the team.

Vijay Shankar has been chosen as India’s no.4 batsman over Ambati Rayudu.

“After the Champions Trophy, we tried quite a few people [at No.4]. We gave a few more chances to Rayudu. What Vijay Shankar brings is three dimensional. We are looking at him at No. 4 to begin with.” – MSK Prasad.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the wicket-keeper and Dinesh Karthik has been chosen as the reserved wicket-keeper over Rishabh Pant.

“Definitely a case where we debated in length. We all were in unison that either pant or DK will come in only when Mahi is injured. In an important game, wicket keeping is also important. That’s the reason we went with Dinesh Karthik” – MSK Prasad said when asked about the exclusion of Rishabh Pant.

Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, and Vijay Shankar are the All-Rounders in the team.

Jasprit Bumrah will lead the pace attack with Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar whereas the spin department will be handled by Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.

It was also announced that four medium fast bowlers will travel along with the team.

Squad: 
Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami.