With 2015 Cricket World Cup few months away (six and a half month to be precise) every major cricketing nation have started building team with the showpiece event insight. And team India is also in that mode. India’s tour of England is currently half way through with Test series going on and selectors have named a 17-mansquad for the five ODIs and one-off T20 scheduled to start from August 25.
The squad has no major surprise inclusions instead few big names like Yuvraj Singh and Ishant Sharma miss out. Apart from the senior members some other players have been part of the Indian limited overs fold for a long time now, but three new faces have been included, here we take a look at those new additions
Sanju Samson: This 19-year old right-handed wicketkeeper batsman has been doing rounds in Indian domestic circuit for quite a time now and has already been labelled as the next big thing in Indian cricket. The talented teenager has been on show in IPL representing Rajasthan Royals for some seasons and has showcased his skills at first-class level as well. In the just concluded India A tour of Australia in Quadrangular Series Samson scored 244 runs in seven innings at an average of 81.33 which included two half-centuries. The prolific stroke maker has all the essential ingredients to make it big at an internationallevel and the time is now.
Karn Sharma:Leg-spinner Karn Sharma makes cut into Indian team zipping past experienced Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra. With impressive domestic season (including IPL) backing him the leg break bowler deserved India call-up. Representing Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL he has been a revelation for them even outshining his senior teammate Amit Mishra. Karn who hails from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh plays for Railways in the Ranji Trophy.
Dhawal Kulkarni:In 2009 this right-arm medium bowler got his maiden call when he was asked to join team India for Test series in New Zealand however the Mumbai pacer missed out on a place in final XI. Dhawan has been a constant feature in IPL first representing Mumbai Indians and now Rajasthan Royals. In the Quadrangular Series in Australia he emerged as the highest wicket taker besides South Africa’s Marchant de Lange with both scalping 14 wicketsDhawal however finished with better economy. With BhuvneshwarKumar, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma stacking up as India’s pace attackif Dhawal gets an opportunity he will have to cash in instantly.