New Delhi: Indian national selectors will sit on Tuesday to pick up the 15-member World Cup squad, which is scheduled to start from February 14 in Australia and New Zealand.
Amongst 30-man list of probables, several players likely to get assured berths, as rest will miss the ticket. Let's see the players who are not strong contenders to book their berth in the final squad for the ICC quadrennial event.
Among the batsmen, cricketers like Kedar Jadhav, Manoj Tiwary, Manish Pandey and Murali Vijay are almost likely to miss the cut, as India already have some big names on that front. And more importantly, most of Indian regulars are in good nick with the bat in the shorter version. Players such as Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu will easily make the cut in the final list, to be announced on Tuesday.
When it comes to wicket-keepers, as far as Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is there, selectors won't have much to ponder over. But to be on the safe side, they would love to pick the in-form Robin Uthappa as a second wicket-keeper. It means Wriddhiman Saha and young Sanju Samson will have to wait for another four years to make their possible World Cup debut.
In the pace friendly tracks of Australia and New Zealand, spinners are not going to play a crucial role. So one can predict that R Ashwin will be the only genuine spinner to be picked in the 15-member list. It indicates that all three spinners Karn Sharma, Amit Mishra and Kuldeep Yadav would be among the list of dropped players, unless the selectors decide otherwise.
Indian pacers have to play a big role in this year's mega event. With the defending champions tag behind them, a lot rests on the quicks to ensure another go at the coveted trophy. In this front selectors have to take a couple of tight calls. With Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami are almost set to book their berth, there would be a tough fight for the fourth seamer between Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron and Mohit Sharma. If the think-tank decides to go with five seamers, one from these three will be selected. Therefore, Dhawal Kulkarni and Ashok Dinda are likely to be overlooked for the final list.
As far as all-rounders are concerned Stuart Binny and Parvez Rasool have little chance of getting into the list, as Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel are sure short contenders. But, Jadeja's injury might change the fortune of Stuart Binny, who can seam-and-swing the ball well in those conditions and is capable of hitting big shots as well. If the selectors decide for a sole all-rounder, with preference over a seamer, Binny will miss the show.
Now it would be interesting to see whether the selectors will give a few surprises on Tuesday or would go with the tried and tested list of cricketers. Whatever may be the case, it is a big day for all the probables.
Players who are set to miss the cut:
Batsmen: Kedar Jadhav, Manoj Tiwary, Manish Pandey and Murali Vijay
Wicket-keepers: Wriddhiman Saha and Sanju Samson
All-rounders: Stuart Binny and Parvez Rasool
Spinners: Karn Sharma, Amit Mishra and Kuldeep Yadav.
Pacers: Dhawal Kulkarni and Ashok Dinda.