Rahul, Karthik make the cut, Rayudu, Pant left out

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A 15 member squad was announced a little while ago.

The tournament in England will run from 30 May to 14 July.

Karthik, the oldest Indian player in terms of worldwide debut (three months before Mahendra Singh Dhoni in September 2004), was also part of the Indian squad during its disastrous 2007 World Cup campaign.

All five selectors will be present during the meeting, which will also be attended by coach Ravi Shastri, captain Virat Kohli and interim secretary of BCCI Amitabh Chaudhary. We did give a few more chances to Rayudu. Even though Karthik failed to do much in the 12th edition of the cash-rich league, the team management had already said they aren't looking at it. Dinesh Karthik has taken up the reserve wicketkeeper slot and could also be a potential number 4, along with Vijay Shankar.

Experts maintain that the selectors will have to brainstorm a lot over the selection of the second wicketkeeper as both Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik are worthy candidates for this slot. The selectors will be faced with many such questions when they sit to pick the squad.

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BCCI tweeted the list of 15 players and they include: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, Vijay Shankar, KL Rahul, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, and Mohammed Shami.

Rayudu remained the choice for No 4 for long but his recent lack of form could rule him out. He was given the responsibility in a few of the matches and Vijay did extremely well. Another reason that makes Rahul's case strong is his ability to play as back-up keeper.

"The point that was discussed is that Vijay Shankar will bat at no.4 like Kedar Jadhav and we also have a role for KL somewhere at the top of the order".

With Hardik Pandya and Shankar to perform the duties of a combined fourth pacer, there was no place for an additional specialist speedster in the line-up.



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