Expect roughly the same squad for World Cup – Rohit

India vice-captain Rohit Sharma, on Thursday (January 10), indicated that India’s squad for the World Cup has pretty much been pencilled in, and will – more or less – have a similar look to the one that’s preparing for the Australia ODIs. Although, he did point that the usual caveats of form and fitness will be taken into consideration, and that “nobody is guaranteed that flight to England as yet”.
“I think the 13 ODIs we’re going to be playing leading up to the World Cup, you’re going to see more or less the same squad playing in the World Cup,” Rohit told reporters in Sydney. “Probably one or two changes, keeping in mind the form and injury concerns over the next few months. We’ve played a lot of cricket throughout the year, so injuries are bound to happen. Don’t think there’ll be any drastic change. Looking at the slots – they’re pretty much taken by individuals. Everything will depend on the form of each player, nobody is guaranteed that flight to England.
“It’s slightly early to be talking about the playing XI. But there aren’t going to be any drastic changes. We still have 13 games, 4-5 months to go and two months of IPL. Lot of cricket to be played. So it’s hard to name the 11 or 12 that’ll be playing the World Cup.”
The only guaranteed name missing from India’s current squad is Jasprit Bumrah, with the premier quick rested for the upcoming assignments against Australia and New Zealand in order to manage his workload – which the BCCI has been very diligent about.
Rohit also highlighted the importance of MS Dhoni’s “presence” in the dressing room. India’s wicketkeeper-batsman may not have had a great year in 2018, but Rohit made no bones about how his influence is very important to the team.
“With him around, there’s a sense of calmness. Him being around the team is always helpful. He’s a guiding light around the group. Also with the bat, batting down the order, providing that finishing touch is very important. He’s finished so many games for us. His role is very important. His presence around the group is a massive factor for us.