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

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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. The deadline to announce the squad for the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 is April 23, as set by the ICC.

All-rounder Vijay Shankar, who made his one-day debut this year, was also named for the tournament which starts in England and Wales on May 30.

It goes without saying that Virat Kohli will lead the side and Rohit Sharma will be his deputy.

"Definitely a case where we debated in length".

"The second wicketkeeper comes into play only if Mahi (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) is injured".

That the World Cup 2019 will again be played in England might have prompted the selectors to think about Karthik, who has a lot of experience in playing in UK.

Amidst the speculations for the No. 4 spot, Ambati Rayudu - who is not being in good form - is missing out of the team. "That has gone in his favour ahead of @RishabPant777".

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"After the Champions Trophy, we have tried quite a few middle-order batsmen, which also included Karthik, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey".

"What Vijay Shankar offers is three dimensional", Prasad said.

The selection committee has opted to go with KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik as the batsmen alongside Kohli, Dhawan, Rohit, Kedar and MS Dhoni. We did give a few more chances to Rayudu.

"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". In the bowling department, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have been selected.

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.

Four extra fast bowlers will travel with the team.

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