The 30 probable to play for team India in the Cricket World Cup 2015 has been listed. The player list include- MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Robin Uthappa, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Manoj Tiwary, Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha, Sanju Samson, R Ashwin, Parvez Rasool, Karn Sharma, Amit Mishra, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohd Shami, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma, Ashoke Dinda, Kuldeep Yadav and Murali Vijay. Senior players Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag have been dropped from the team owing to their lack of fitness and form. The board of selectors has decided to send in new players for the World Cup. This may not seem entirely full proof considering the fact that they aren’t experienced enough to play in the harsh conditions of Australia.
In better news, the Cricket World Cup 2015 will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Ace cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has been appointed as the brand ambassador of the series second time in a row. India had won the World Cup in 2011, and expectations are sky high this time around. The batting legend was quoted saying, “The excitement of the World Cup grows with every edition. I am excited to be appointed the ICC World Cup ambassador for the second successive time. After playing in the last six editions, the upcoming World Cup will be a different experience as I will follow it from the sidelines. It could probably be comparable to the ICC Cricket World Cup 1987 where I was a ball boy, enthusiastically cheering every ball.”
The dropping of five senior players has led to some disappointment among sections of audiences who feel that Yuvraj, Gambir, Sehwag, Bhajji, and Zaheer are better players in terms of experience. They have played in the harsh conditions of Australia and have also played the World Cup. There is a general opinion that the selector board has been harsh during their selection process. However, the entire nation sits with bated breath for the Cricket World Cup 2015 to flag off!