Rahul, Pant await World Cup fate

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In the middle of the extravaganza that is the Indian Premier League, the Indian cricket team selectors have the hard task of picking the 15-man squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup starting May 30th.

While India boast a formidable top order that includes captain Virat Kohli, the search continues for a reliable number four batsman.

Apart from solving the Pant-Karthik puzzle, the committee, along with captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri, will also have to decide on Ambati Rayudu's fate, which seems to be hanging by a slender thread. Another favourite for the No 4 spot is KL Rahul, who is back among runs, and could also end up as the middle-order choice.

Selectors name India squad for 2019 World Cup.

A little over two months ago, when the team for the five-match home ODI series against Australia was decided, the choice of Rishabh Pant at the expense of Dinesh Karthik set off a debate.

Former Test stumper Kiran More says Pant should be on the plane to England "If I am the selector, I will take Pant to the World Cup", More said. "I will punt on him, definitely, only because he is a match-winner". "If you look at the first Pakistan Cup 2019 game that I played, I was able to hit 40 in 56 balls and remain not out to help my side to victory despite that fact that I was running out of partners". He is a big-occasion player.

Prasad and his selection committee colleagues will also weigh the relative merit of Shankar's medium pace and Jadeja's left-arm spin before naming the second all-rounder.

Indian selectors will announce the team for the World Cup on Monday.

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