To be noted that soon after announcing India’s 15-man squad for ICC World Cup 2019, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also confirmed the players who will be on standby for the mega event. Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant, two batsmen whose omission from the quadrennial extravaganza is being debated at length, are in the list of standbys along with Navdeep Saini, who has impressed with his line and length while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.
A senior BCCI official told on Wednesday "Just like ICC Champions Trophy, we have three standbys. Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu are the first and second standbys while Saini is the bowler in the list. So if anyone gets injured, as per requirement, one of the three will be going,". Earlier, the Indian board had announced names of Deepak Chahar, Avesh Khan and Khaleel Ahmed as the net bowlers for the Indian team in England. Any of these bowlers can also be drafted into the Indian team, if the selectors think so, chances of which are unlikely.
The official confirmed “Khaleel, Avesh and Deepak are not designated stand bys. In case of bowlers, that possibility is there but when it comes purely to batsmen, it will be either Rishabh or Rayudu,”. India’s 15-man squad was announced on Monday where the selectors preferred Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik over Rayudu and Pant. Chief selector MSK Prasad opined that while DK was picked over Pant based on his better glovework and experience, the five-man selection panel was in favour of Shankar because of his three-dimensional skills.