Ashwin Must be Selected for 2019 Cricket World Cup – Gambhir

Former opener Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday supported Ashwin’s reappearance to the ODI squad ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. He said a finger-spinner like him could be as effective as a wrist-spinner in English circumstances.

Ashwin last played for India in ODI in July 2017. Wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have since then become main spinners for India in limited overs format.

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Both wrist-spinners (Kuldeep and Chahal) have done well in the last one year. But I still feel that Ashwin is somebody we should look at. I’ve always believed that a quality spinner is a quality spinner – irrespective of whether he is a wrist-spinner or a finger-spinner,” said Gambhir at a promotional event. He (Lyon) is probably the best off-spinner in the world and he’s a finger-spinner. I feel that we should not differentiate because there’s a wrist-spinner and so there’s no space for a finger-spinner. I think R Ashwin is someone who we should always consider because we are looking at conditions in England during that time of the year. Wickets could be flat and worn out. So, a finger-spinner can be effective with the ball as well, said Gambhir.

Commenting on opener Shikhar Dhawan, who was not among the runs in the ODI series in contradiction of Australia, Gambhir said the southpaw should have played first-class cricket as he was not part of the Test series.

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Pakistan have ‘Very Good Chance’ to Win ICC World Cup 2019 – Shoaib Malik

Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has said that Pakistan have a ‘very good chance’ to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which is set to be contested in England and Wales from May 30.

Shoaib Malik trusts his team has a very good chance of winning the 2019 World Cup, which will be held in England and Wales. Although, the veteran said it will only be possible if his side accomplishes well against the rest of the world. Pakistan lifted last World Cup in the One-Day International format came in the year 1992 but Shoaib Malik feels his side has the capability to win this Cricket World Cup.

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However, Malik cleared it out that this achievement will only be possible if they perform well against the rest of the world in the mega event. Malik further stated that the current Pakistan squad has all the ability to win the World Cup, but added that abilities don’t win anyone matches.

He said that the Pakistan squad have top ODI bowlers and batsmen, and he is looking forward to an unforgettable World Cup 2019. Pakistan’s last lifted the World Cup in 1992 under the direction of present Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.

“I feel we have a very good chance to win the tournament. But then having a ‘good chance’ doesn’t mean much. How we play each game and how we perform against the rest of the world will define how far we go. Yes, we have the ability to win the World Cup hands-down, but abilities don’t win you anything, performances do. Our capabilities include having top ODI bowlers and batsmen in our line-up and personally I’m looking forward to a memorable World Cup 2019,” Malik said.

Pakistan is set to play their first World Cup 2019 match in contradiction of West Indies on May 31 at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
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Srikkanth Support Dhoni for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Former Indian opening batsman wishes the selectors to pick MS Dhoni in India’s World Cup team. Former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Dhoni has assuredly got the views coming on his side after him scoring two half-centuries in as many matches in the current series against Australia. In two matches, Dhoni has scored 106 runs at an average of 106 and a strike rate of 70.66. While Dhoni and the Indian would be wanting the strike rate to go high, observing him back amongst the runs is a development in the right way. The fact that his last half-century before this series had come in contradiction of Sri Lanka at Dharamsala 13 months ago calls for sufficient respite among his co-players.

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“If I was the chairman of the selection committee, I would pick him for the 2019 World Cup for sure. The World Cup is a different cup of the tea altogether, where we will need a senior cricketer like him. He’ll be a guiding factor on the field to the captain and the team. His importance will be felt in crunch situations. He may not be the big hitter he was before…that’s a different issue, but he’s still got it in him,” Srikkanth said.

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England, India & New Zealand are World Cup Favourites – Rob Key

England, India and New Zealand are the expected to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, according to prior England batsman Rob Key. The sides are ranked 1, 2 and 3 in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings correspondingly, and Key sees them as the three sides to beat this summer. While India have lifted the World Cup on two times, England and New Zealand are still racing for a first World Cup title, finishing runners-up on four times combined, three for England and one for New Zealand. England have been considered by many as favourites as they head into a home World Cup, but it’s the acts of 2015 runners-up, New Zealand, that has got Key’s devotion.

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“You will never go into a World Cup where someone isn’t tipping up New Zealand as an outside chance. This time they will be behind England and India in the betting but not far behind,” Key told Sky Sports.

In spite of the loss of veterans Brendon McCullum and Daniel Vettori to retirement, New Zealand have engaged the key members of the side that led them to their first Men’s World Cup Final four years ago. Key trusts their star-studded line-up can mix it with the best at CWC19.

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“We always say that they punch above their weight, yet we always tip them to do well and they have some top players – Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.

“They are an excellent side in their own right. If they have a day out, they can beat England, India, anyone.

“They have been a strong outfit for a long time in one-day cricket and are a side you are always wary of, no matter how good your form may be.”

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Expect Roughly the Same Squad for World Cup 2019 – Rohit Sharma

Indian cricket team’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma, on Thursday (January 10), stated that India’s squad for the Cricket World Cup 2019 has pretty much been marked in, and will more or less have a comparable look to the one that’s in action for the Australia ODIs. Though, he did point that the usual warnings of form and fitness will be taken into thought, and that “nobody is guaranteed that flight to England as yet”.

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“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.”

On the way to World Cup 2019, India will contest a total of 13 ODIs, beginning with the three in contradiction of Australia, starting Saturday (January 12) in Sydney.
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‘Getting Ready and Fit for the World Cup’ – Andre Russell

Andre Russell, who was out of the T20I series with India due to injury, says he needs to recover rapidly to be “fit and ready” for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England.

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“My knees, I did get therapy two months ago and I am feeling a lot better at the moment. I have been busy in the gym, getting ready and fit for the World Cup,” Russell told India Today.

“It is a big tournament, in fact the biggest moment in cricket. I don’t want to sit at home when the World Cup is being played, so just making sure I am fit and ready to go.”

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The all-rounder, who recently grabbed the T10 trophy with Northen Warriors, is an expert in the shorter formats of the game. He trusts that the Indian Premier League, which will be planned before the World Cup next year, will be the perfect training ahead of the multi-nation tournament.

“IPL is going to be a big tournament running up to the World Cup and you can work on your game while in the IPL,” said Russell, who represents the Kolkata Knight Riders in the tournament.

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Cricket World Cup 2019 Volunteer Programme Receives Best Ever Interest

The World Cup Cricketeer programme got record number of volunteer applicants for a cricket event, with over 6,000 interviewed for selection. The ICC Cricket World Cup reaches in England and Wales next summer but planning for the world’s greatest cricket party is well underway, including the drive to recruit over 4,000 volunteers to join the World Cup Cricketeers.

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The World Cup Cricketeer programme acknowledged a record number of volunteer applicants for a cricket event, with over 6,000 interrogated for selection. The World Cup Cricketeers will play a key role in delivering the six-week tournament next summer, supporting across a range of responsibilities, including Spectator Services, Broadcast & Media, Transport, Rights Protection, Hospitality and Accreditation. The applications to be one of the Cricket World Cup 2019 Cricketeers went live on the Rosterfy platform in May 2018 for volunteers crossways all 11 host venues and cities.

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Training for the World Cup Cricketeers will start in early 2019, and the Cricket World Cup will be working thoroughly with all host venues to help deliver a long-lasting legacy for volunteering within cricket after the World Cup has over.

Head of the Volunteer Programme, Mary Cahill, said: “We have been speechless with the number of applications for the volunteer programme and are extremely thankful to all the members of the public who took the time to register attentions for the Cricket World Cup Cricketeers.

Detailed Analysis of India’s Team for Cricket World Cup 2019

The Indian cricket team is setting the Australian pitches on fire with a striking already display. They have already reserved the Border-Gavaskar trophy by taking a 2-1 lead and are very well on their way to becoming one of the few Asian sides to win a test series against Australia, in Australia. Last year they took Asia, winning the 2018 Asian Cup with aplomb.

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It may seem amazing that only three players can really walk into the Indian ODI side for the cricket world cup deprived of question as of today: Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, and Rohit Sharma.
Kohli can debatably be considered as the best batsman in modern cricket and thus becomes an automatic choice.

Bumrah has, of late, demonstrated to be an asset for his team and a deadly weapon, especially in the death overs. He has proved to be equally actual in foreign conditions with his excellent performance in England and Australia. Bumrah even scalped 9 wickets against the Aussies to help India take a 2-1 lead in the third test. He thus becomes a no-brainer in the choice.

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Rohit Sharma is the third Indian player that has virtually complete his place in the starting XI. He can single-handedly take games away from the hostility with the bat alone. Once he settles down in the innings, expect no less than big hundreds to flow from his bat.
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Anamul Haque dreaming to appear in CWC 2019

Bangladesh opener Anamul Haque says it is his ‘dream’ to play at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

Haque made three entrances for Bangladesh at the 2015 World Cup, making scores of 29 against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka respectively, before an injury which cut short his tournament.

Though, he found himself out of Bangladesh’s one-day international side for nearly three years after the tournament, before returning in March 2018.

Further chance came against the Windies in July, but he couldn’t make them count, amassing 33 runs in his three innings.

In spite of being left out of the team since that series, he is still doing all he can to book his spot in Bangladesh’s 2019 World Cup squad.

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“I definitely want to play the World Cup,” Haque told cricfrenzy.com.

“In my breath, in my every endeavour, in my net session, gym session, I think to play the 2019 World Cup. To materialize the hope, I will do every possible thing.”

“I made a comeback with the series against West Indies but I couldn’t do well,” he added.

“I was dropped from the team but since then every match is a preparation for me for the World Cup, be it NCL [or] BCL, and so every match of the BPL or if I play any one-day match after the BPL will be like a preparation match for me for the World Cup.

“I will make myself ready always. That’s why every match is important for me.”

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Faf du Plessis admits 2019 World Cup juggling act

Test cricket, as most international cricketers will tell you, is the highpoint of the sport and for that reason it is a huge occasion every time South Africa wears white.
2019, however, is different. It might mean more to the Proteas than the other top teams given their history of failure at the tournament, but this is a World Cup year and that will be the import between now and South Africa’s opener at The Oval in contradiction of hosts England on May 30.

Proteas have tried, and failed, on seven detached events to win the World Cup and the nightmares of 1999 and 2015, in precise, still haunt fans of the game in these parts. All roads this year are towards Lord’s final on July 19, so a home Test series against a struggling Pakistan might not appear the most significant task for the Proteas at the moment.

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“It’s certainly something that is always in the back of my head,” skipper Faf du Plessis said of the World Cup while in Cape Town on the eve of the second Test.

“You’re continuously thinking about decisions that will impact it.”

Du Plessis had confirmed previously in his press conference that Duanne Olivier, the hero of the first Test at Centurion, would play at Newlands.With Vernon Philander back, it means that one of Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj or Theunis de Bruyn will be out of the XI.

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