New Delhi: Indian selectors on Tuesday announced their 15-man squad for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
It would be fair to say Indian cricket's wise men did not spring up too many surprises. However, the inclusion of Stuart Binny over Murali Vijay, Robhin Uthappa and even Yuvraj Singh did raise some questions.
But, it appears the Sandeep Patil-led selection panel favoured all-rounders over specialist batsmen or bowlers, which is why the men in blue have Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel and Stuart Binny as part of their team.
Captain MS Dhoni is the most experienced player in the team who has played 27 ODIs in Australia-New Zealand with a solid batting average of 67.20. Dhoni's deputy and ODI cricket run-machine Virat Kohli has played 13 matches with an average of 55.3.
Interestingly, Kohli is the only player in the 15-man squad to have scored a hundred in Australia-New Zealand.
Kohli scored 133 off 86 balls against Sri Lanka in Hobart and 123 off 111 balls against New Zealand in Napier. He also has 4 half-centuries in Oz-Nz.
With superb current form and a great past record, Virat Kohli is India's biggest batting hope in the 2015 edition of cricket's biggest event.