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Vijay Shankar excited for his maiden World Cup campaign

NEW DELHI: The confusion over the first choice player for India's No. four slot in spite of everything ended on Monday when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selectors introduced the 15-member squad for the ICC World Cup 2019 to be played in England and Wales from May 30. According to the selectors, Vijay Shankar might be India's number four to begin with.

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The all-rounder was once glued to his television screen when the BCCI's chief selector MSK Prasad and performing secretary Amitabh Chaudhry addressed the media and read out the names of the 15 males who will constitute India on the World Cup this time.


"I had an idea about my selection. I switched on the television and was waiting for the announcement. I was extremely delighted when my name was announced," Shankar informed in an exclusive interview.

"I am so happy today. I will give my best in the tournament. I am excited to play under Virat (Kohli)", an excited Shankar said.

In the 15-member squad, Dinesh Karthik was once given the second one wicketkeeper's slot over rising 21-year-old famous person Rishabh Pant.

Karthik's form has been indifferent in recent video games, but selectors valued his efficiency beneath pressure over the years.

For Shankar, his maiden World Cup look is a huge step forward in his career.

"It is a dream come true for me. It is my maiden appearance and I am excited about it. The feeling is yet to sink in" Shankar said after his selection.

According to MSK Prasad, Shankar supplies the crew 3-dimensional choices (bowling, batting and fielding).

"After the Champions Trophy, we tried a lot of middle order batsmen, which includes Karthik as well. We gave Rayudu many chances, but Shankar gives us ability with the three dimensions (bowling, batting, fielding). If the conditions are suitable, he can come in as an all-rounder. Shankar is a batsman who can bowl, we are looking to play him at number four," Prasad said on the press briefing.

India's 15-member squad:

Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Okay.L. Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami.

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